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Ducks ‘a pretty low-morale group’ after Game 7 loss

May 13, 2013, 2:37 AM EDT

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When the final horn sounded, the Anaheim Ducks, the second seed in the Western Conference standings, were on the losing end in Game 7 of their quarter-final series against the Detroit Red Wings.

For the majority of Sunday’s game, the Red Wings, the seventh seed in the West, were the better team.

In the end, the Ducks made a game of it thanks to a late power play goal credited to Francois Beauchemin, but lost by a final score of 3-2, ending their season in what they believe to be a premature fashion.

“I don’t think anybody expected to come up short,” Ducks’ forward Bobby Ryan told the L.A. Times.

“I think we were all coming to the rink tonight very confident in ourselves and very excited about where this could take us. It’s a pretty low-morale group now, that’s for sure.”

Sunday’s loss could also mark the end of Teemu Selanne‘s marvelous National Hockey League career. He’s 42 years of age and is a pending unrestricted free agent in the summer, although he will take some time to make a decision on his playing career.

Hindering the Ducks was the fact Corey Perry, who signed an eight-year contract extension with Anaheim worth $69 million, failed to score in the series.

 

  1. ron05342 - May 13, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    They looked uninspired for most of the game.

    That’s on the coach.

  2. canucks30 - May 13, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Bruce Boudreau is a great coach….

    In the regular season

  3. kiopta1 - May 13, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Yeah I didn’t see the grit that brought them back in others games. You can only get Det’s D to score for you so many times.

    • polegojim - May 13, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      Twice to be exact.

  4. soundsofsuccess7 - May 13, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    So many times Ducks players were simply gliding around, not really making an effort. Particularly in the defensive zone.

    Etem appeared to be about the only one trying besides Cogliano.

  5. tmoore4075 - May 13, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    It’s an upset because the Ducks are the better team talent-wise and had a 3-2 lead. Now in saying that I picked the Wings in 6 because of them going into the playoffs.

  6. capsrockva - May 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Dam my bracket is now busted I had Anahiem

  7. groleo45 - May 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    From a Wings fan–I would feel good about the future with Etem. Dude was an absolute monster.

    • polegojim - May 13, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      Yes he was… and Palmieri can fly.

    • hockeydon10 - May 13, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Good point. Him and Bonino seemed to be all over the place, making good plays and generating good scoring chances.

      LGRW!

  8. sharksfan97 - May 13, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    As a Sharks fan, I’m loving this Ducks misery. Getzlaf and Perry were both big time no shows in the final two games when their team needed them most. Shall we add these guys to the chokers list?

  9. shoobiedoobin - May 13, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    I love how we look for the complicated answers and wonder why we can’t figure it out. Perry wasn’t phoning it in, he was trying. He just ran smack into Jonathan Ericsson. No one’s talking about it but Ericsson was lock down all series just like he has been all season. The improvement out of him has been spectacular. Everywhere Perry went, Ericsson was there to disrupt everything he was trying to do. We’re going to look back at this series and wonder how we missed it.

    Reminds me of a certain Detroit defenseman who used to quietly and subtly shut down high powered offensive players.

    • beelza - May 13, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Fantastic observation. Most watch on TV, which means 50% of the “game away from te puck” cannot be seen. Perry worked his ass off. Howard just was 1 little bit better. This series reminded me of the truely, epic battles b/t Detroit and Colorado, circa ’96, ’97. ’98. This series destroyed nerves, nearly turned me in alcoholic. It was as intense as any, razor thin mistake margins. No one deserved to lose. After game 2 I didn’t think Jimmy Howard had the mental toughness to win this series. I was wrong.

      • jeffchadwick - May 13, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        As a Wings fan, I’m pretty sure the Avs deserved to lose each and every one of those series.

    • hockeydon10 - May 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      That’s a great point. After years of seeing Ericsson make one boneheaded play after another, he really has taken a noticeable step up this year. I’m sure some great hockey minds will wonder wft I’ve been smoking, but I’m wondering if he’s not close to edging Kronwall as the #1 defenseman.

      • shoobiedoobin - May 13, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        If you ask me, if already has.

        It’s like the spirit of Lidstrom switched from Nick’s body into Jonathan’s. He’s been making small plays that are just outstanding, no mistakes, he’s been unbelievable. Anyone he’s matched up against, he shuts down. I’m amazed. He hasn’t taken the offensive step forward yet (even though his shot is hugely underrated). Kronwall’s sense when to pinch up is great, while E stays back. It’s a great combo.

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