After epitomizing the definition of back-and-forth hockey for 65 minutes, the Ducks settled for their second consecutive shootout loss, 4-3 to the Ottawa Senators.
Since beating the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center on Nov. 27, the Ducks have posted five straight losses to fall to the bottom of the Western Conference standings. That’s deceptively dire — parity across the league has left the 15th-place Ducks eight points out of the final playoff spot — but it’s producing the usual sense of urgency.
“It’s desperation for us right now,” forward Corey Perry acknolwedged. “We’re at the 30-game mark. We have to put something together and go on a run here or we’re going to be out of it pretty soon.”