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Ducks’ Boudreau: ‘We’ve got to get our act in gear right now’

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FILE - This Jan. 21, 2014, file photo shows Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets in Anaheim, Calif. Boudreau agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)


If a team allows only seven shots through the final 40 minutes of hockey, it’s a safe bet that team is on its way to a win. Not the case for the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

They were up against the Calgary Flames, kings of the third-period comeback -- that wasn’t necessary on this occasion -- and owners of the third worst Corsi For percentage at five-on-five in the NHL, according to Yet somehow, despite giving up only seven shots on goal in the final 40 minutes of play, the Ducks and goalie John Gibson gave up four goals and lost by a final score of 6-3.

The Flames also scored on two second-period power plays. Both times, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was in the box.

Anaheim still maintains top spot in the Pacific Division, although its dropped three straight games.

“I think they’re all critical [games] right now,” said Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau, as per “Everybody thinks that, ‘Oh yeah, we’re in first place’ and that, but I mean it’s within 10 points of the wild card and we’ve played more games than everybody else, so we’ve got to get our act in gear right now.”

“They got a lot of goals on our mistakes,” added Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm, as per the club’s website. “We were sloppy with the puck and didn’t get it deep. Our game plan is to get the puck deep and work them down low. We didn’t do that tonight. That’s why we weren’t successful.”

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