ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy used the words tired and disappointed to describe his teammates' mood. But there isn't much time to dwell because they play Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center in a potential Western Conference Final preview.
It's about as tough a turnaround as it gets after Anaheim lost 6-3 to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.
"This is an elite team that we're playing tonight," Lovejoy said Friday. "We're tired. We're coming off a terrible game. We need to be mentally prepared from the start. We need to go out and play one of the smartest games of the year because your legs aren't as perfect as you like them to be."
Lovejoy was one of a handful of Ducks that skated at an optional practice. Most of the players' time was spent at a video session after the Ducks allowed five second-period goals to the Sharks. The main concern was the number of odd-man rushes allowed.
"We always have to pay attention to the details of the game," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "And last night the details got away from us, and that's why they had odd-man rushes. That's why we had bad line changes."