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Getzlaf: Ducks ‘looked tired’ in loss to Blackhawks

Jan 18, 2014, 12:01 AM EDT

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The Anaheim Ducks spent Friday night chasing the Chicago Blackhawks.

They fell behind by two goals in the first period, then three goals midway through the third period on route to a 4-2 loss in a battle of the top teams in the Western Conference.

True, the Ducks made it interesting with two quick goals in the third, cutting Chicago’s lead to one. But they didn’t have their best game, getting outshot 35-21.

“We expected them to come out the way they did and we just didn’t respond well. We looked tired,” said Ryan Getzlaf, as per Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.

“Every time we got the puck, we’re standing still and we weren’t moving. They’re a good skating hockey team and we didn’t skate,” he added.

The loss ended Jonas Hiller‘s individual winning streak at 14 games. The last he recorded a loss – be it in regulation, overtime or the shootout – was Dec. 3 against the L.A. Kings.

  1. kingsfan93 - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:13 AM

    Anaheim Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf full of excuses.

    Just admit, you got beat by a better team tonight.

    Ducks may be having a great regular season, but come playoff time is when you are gonna choke, as usual.

    • theheez - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      I think you have the Ducks confused with the Sharks. Besides, it’s not making excuses when you take the blame and acknowledge your teams lack of effort. Regarding the better team bit, the Hawks finally beat the Ducks, first time since ’11. How does one win make them a better team? Lastly, they’ve choked once in the playoffs and it was against the Red Wings.

      • comeonnowguys - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        first time since ’11.

        Looking past the fact that no hockey was played from June 2012 to January 2013, herein lies the problem with the shootout, at least with the lazy: It becomes a mandate of domination.

        Anyway, Getzlaf is making excuses. Did the Ducks play last night? Have they played more games than the Hawks? I particularly enjoyed the chirping minor he picked up.

      • areaman714 - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:06 AM

        Well then. Clearly the Hawks are not dominating. It appears that the Hawks can’t resolve a game without moving into shootout territory. Last I looked, maybe a week ago, the Ducks were leading the league in regular and OT wins . . . this bodes well for a deeper playoff run than a team that has to consistently rely on shootouts for standings points . . .

  2. blackhawks2010 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Hey Getzlaf, if it weren’t for Hiller standing in his head, the game is a blow out. Hawks out worked, outplayed and out shot the Ducks. Reality check, looking forward to seeing these teams in the playoffs.

  3. canada2014gold - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    I would get tired too, they just scored 9 on my nucks. They are probably tired of lifting their hands in the air.

  4. hl9000 - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Ducks played a mediocre game at best. Can’t win them all. We beat the Hawks the last 5 games in a row prior. Looking forward to knocking the Queens out come playoff time. Then beating the Hawks to get in the Stanley Cup Finals! Cup will be hoisted in So Cal Again! LA Sucks!

  5. bleedblackhawkred - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    The ONLY thing that will stop the Hawks from repeating is CRAWFORD. The Hawks constantly pepper the opposing goalie with 30-40 shots while Crow sees 20-25. He is always good for a soft goal or two a game. Yet the opposing goalie makes save after save. W/ crow it’s always an adventure no matter what kind of shot INCLUDING icing. Hes got a lot of work to do.

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