On paper, it was the Ducks’ most lopsided defeat of the season.
The Ducks stayed with the Eastern Conference’s best team for all of one period before collapsing in the second, when the Bruins scored four goals to send Jean-Sebastien Giguere to another early exit. Counterpart Tim Thomas picked up his fourth shutout of the season.
Elsewhere,Rob Niedermayer skated with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in Kunitz’s usual place. Steve Montador alternated between left wing and defense. Scott Niedermayer fought with Marc Savard. Bret Hedican gamely played 13 minutes on a bad back — re-entering after briefly leaving when a second-period hit shook him up. Giguere lasted only 23 minutes, 37 seconds before being summoned to the bench. Sheldon Brookbank was ejected for being the third man in during an altercation between Mike Brown and Milan Lucic in the fateful middle period.Lost in the altercation was a 1-on-1 breakaway by Corey Perry that could have resulted in a goal. Oh well.
Knowing nothing else — maybe just that Boston was 20-4-4 at home and has a legitimate shot at the Presidents Trophy — a 6-0 loss didn’t seem so far-fetched.
If the Ducks hadn’t blocked 15 shots, including a team-high three by Whitney, the result could have been worse. Giguere did not look particularly bad on any of the three goals he allowed, though he was beat five-hole from the right faceoff circle by a Chuck Kobasew shot that would be the last one he faced. He finished with five saves on eight shots; Hiller stoped 16 of 19.