No rest for the traveling Ducks, as tonight they’re in Dallas to take on the Stars at American Airlines Center on Halloween.
The ghouls were out a night earlier, however, as last night Anaheim suffered its first shutout loss of the season, a 2-0 final at St. Louis. For a team with plenty of offensive firepower, goals have been hard to come by recently. The Ducks have scored just twice in the past three games, and it’s no surprise they lost two of those.
Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau says it’s up to the players to do whatever it takes to score.
“Looking at the video last night, we just weren’t good,” he said. “We didn’t generate anything offensively to score. When you only score two goals in three games, you better do something different that you’re not used to if you want to get goals.”
“There always seems to be a reason why you stop scoring goals,” said Nate Thompson. “You can see that we’re not getting those second- and third chances like we were in the beginning of the season. It’s time to simplify things.”
Tonight is another big test for the Ducks, who face a Stars team that didn’t play last night (they lost 4-3 in OT two nights ago at home vs. St. Louis). All-time, Anaheim owns a record of 39-60-11 vs. Dallas, including a 14-34-7 mark in the Lone Star State.
But with that said, few can forget the dramatics that went down the last time the Ducks were in Dallas. Anaheim became the fifth NHL team since 1977 to rally from a multiple-goal deficit in the final 2:10 of regulation to win a playoff game (Game 6, Western Conference First Round) with a Nick Bonino goal at 17:50 of the third period and aDevante Smith-Pelly tally with 24 seconds remaining in regulation. Bonino completed the comeback with his second career OT goal at 2:47 of the extra frame to eliminate the Stars from postseason play.