Not only did the Ducks lose a pair of games to the Red Wings, setting them back in their quest to take over the top spot in the Western Conference, they managed to embarrass themselves in the process, particularly in their 2-1 loss on Sunday night.
In the waning minutes on Sunday, facing the 2-1 deficit and looking like they were on the verge of tying it up, Ryan Getzlaf was called for a trip on Valtteri Filppula. None of the Ducks actually agreed with the call, and voiced their displeasure.
Getzlaf tossed his stick after the call. Corey Perry slammed his stick against the boards. Even Teemu Selanne, typically a symbol of coolness, lost his and jawed at the ref. Each of the Ducks’ three stars were tossed, effectively eliminating the Ducks before they had a chance to come back.
This was a game that showed why this team may not be ready to contend for a Stanley Cup quite yet. In order to make a deep playoff run, you need composure and mental toughness. The Ducks showed that that aspect of their game may be lacking.
We’ll have to see if it was just a momentary lapse of judgment from the Ducks’ stars, or if this is something we could see regularly. This won’t be the last time they’re faced with a controversial call. They happen almost every night. If they’re doing this for a game in March, it’ll be interesting to see how they handle it in May.