The fact of the matter is, it's hard to win games when you only score once. Such was the case again for the Ducks, who lost 3-1 to the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Wednesday. They had chances - plenty of them - throughout the 60-minute contest, but the finish eluded all but one. The lone exception came early in the first period when the Ducks were handed a 2-on-0 with former Devil Adam Henrique burying Ondrej Kase's feed to give the Ducks their only lead of the night.
Video: ANA@NJD: Henrique buries Kase's feed on 2-on-0
From there, it was an uphill battle. The Ducks took their one-goal lead into the first intermission, but the Devils tied the game just 1:28 into the middle frame when Nico Hischier pounced on a juicy turnover in the slot for his sixth goal of the season. Former Ducks Kyle Palmieri (power play) and Sami Vatanen padded the lead with goals in the second and third periods.
The Ducks finished the game with 27 shots. Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood turned aside all but one of them to improve his record this season to 10-9-4. Ryan Miller (4-3-2) made his first start since Dec. 6 vs. Washington, and stopped 17-of-20 shots in the loss.
Anaheim fell to 14-17-4 (32 points), while New Jersey improved to 11-17-5 (27 points).
This marked the second of back-to-backs for the Ducks, who opened this four-game road trip with a 4-1 loss last night in Philadelphia. It was a costly game, as three players were lost to injuries. Troy Terry will miss approximately 10 weeks after breaking a bone below his knee cap. Derek Grant suffered an AC (acromioclavicular) joint sprain and will miss approximately 4-6 weeks. Jacob Larsson is listed as day to day with an upper-body injury.
In their place tonight were Max Jones and Isac Lundestrom - recalled earlier today from AHL San Diego - and Sam Carrick, who was a healthy scratch yesterday.
The Ducks will close out the road trip with another set of back-to-backs Saturday and Sunday afternoons against the New York Islanders and New York Rangers, respectively.