The battle for the Western Conference took place last night at the United Center in downtown Chicago, but the Blackhawks ended up being too much for the Ducks to handle in the end. The game was billed as the game of the week as it featured the top two teams in the conference and two of the best teams in hockey, but ask star Ducks star Ryan Getzlaf what he thought of his team’s performance in the one-goal loss, and he’ll tell you he was not impressed.
“We expected them to come out the way they did and we just didn’t respond well,” said Ryan Getzlaf, via Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register. “We looked tired.”
Despite looking tired and standing still with the puck, something Getzlaf also said the Ducks did on Friday, Anaheim still managed to almost pull off the comeback. The 3-2 final score should have been 3-0 had it not been for two quick late game goals by the Ducks, but the tank was clearly on empty after that.
A costly offsides penalty killed momentum late in the third period as Jonas Hiller has to come back on the ice and waste time in net while an extra skater was kept on the bench during value seconds in the final minute. That offsides penalty harkens back to what Getzlaf described as the Ducks being tired, but despite the loss, their season is far from being over.