ANAHEIM -- The Ducks' traditional Black Friday matinee was indeed a dark one this afternoon at Honda Center.
Anaheim couldn't generate much on the offensive end in a disappointing 3-0 defeat to the Winnipeg Jets, the fourth loss in the past six games. The Ducks did manage to hold the Jets to just 20 shots on goal, but at the other end of the rink, Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 24 Anaheim shots. It was the first time being shutout all season for the Ducks.
"It's tough," said Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg. "Like I've said, I think we're doing a lot of good stuff out there, make a bad play here or there and turn the puck over once and it's in the back of the net. So, obviously that's tough, but we're doing some good things out there and we just have to get the puck in the net and kind of get the momentum swinging our way."
Following a scoreless first, the Jets went in front 2-0 on goals by Neal Pionk and Nikolaj Ehlers in the first nine minutes of the middle frame.
"That first period there wasn't a lot of room anywhere," said Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins. "I thought we had a couple chances there. I think there was one off the bar and one that kind of trickled there and we really needed one of those to go in. It was one of those games that I just thought whoever was going to score that first goal was probably going to have a good chance at winning it, and obviously we didn't get it."
Anaheim's attempts to battle back in the third were quelled when Winnipeg's Kyle Connor buried a one-timer from in deep less than two minutes into the period, and that was it the rest of the way.
"I don't think we played a bad game," said Ducks forward Troy Terry. "We have to stop. I know I've found myself in interviews, I've said a lot, we felt like we deserved more or whatever the case is. You know, that happens every once in a while, but that can't keep happening. It's obviously something that we can fix. I think we get a lot of zone time and we're controlling the play, but we have to get more bodies to the net and try to create more traffic to score goals because it's hard to score. Still just clean up defensively, but I think there's still a lot that we can build on and we're trending the right way even if the results are like that, but we have to tighten it up and figure it out."
The Ducks are back at it Monday night at Honda Center in their first battle of the season with the rival Kings.