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Frustrated Ducks vow to be better in Game 3

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM -- Ryan Getzlaf sounded like he was channeling "The Incredible Hulk," the 1970s television show in which the main character's famous line is, "Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."

The Anaheim Ducks captain said Monday night he was "ticked off" after a Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in their Western Conference Second Round series. That frustration hadn't waned much a day later. Ticked?

"I'm not allowed to use other words," Getzlaf said. "Yeah, I'm still mad. I want to win, and when we don't win, I get mad. That's the nature of my well-being, I guess."

Anaheim's frustration was palpable after Los Angeles protected the house area like a security guard in a 3-1 win that gave it a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 3 is Thursday at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Getzlaf and linemate Corey Perry are particular annoyed they haven't been able to penetrate Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and his defense. Perry accepted that, as team leaders, they have to beat a path to the back of the net.

"[Getzlaf] and I put a lot of pressure on each other and on ourselves," Perry said. "It's our responsibility to get the team going and to produce, and we haven't done that in the first two games. We, as a team, have to find a way to solve him. Yeah, he's played well, but we haven't played our game and done the things that got us here."

Getzlaf and Perry have combined for one point (Getzlaf's assist) in Games 1 and 2. It's not for a lack of trying. Getzlaf, Perry and Matt Beleskey put a combined 12 of Anaheim's 37 shots on goal in Game 3. But most were from the perimeter and few were on second-shot tries.

Getzlaf, a Hart Trophy finalist, has shouldered responsibility but he needs help as well.

"Anytime our team's down, I want to do more," Getzlaf said. "I've got to try and find a way to do some different things as well as stay within my game. But it's not all about me. I'm not going to out and win Game 3 by myself, that's for sure. The story of our season has been our depth and our lineup and we need, from top to bottom, all the way through, everybody pushing for Game 3."

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said he is contemplating personnel changes. He sat forward Kyle Palmieri, a 14-goal scorer this season, in each of the first two games, in favor of younger players Devante Smith-Pelly and Emerson Etem.

Boudreau went with Getzlaf's line against Anze Kopitar's line for Games 1 and 2; Getzlaf's line was beaten for a goal 34 seconds into Game 2 when Marian Gaborik sped past and lifted a shot past goalie Jonas Hiller, who didn't sugarcoat the need for Anaheim's leaders to lead.

"I think Quick just went a little better than I right now," Hiller said. "Their [top] line was just a little better than our line, and you've got to find a way to change that. I think in the end, it's the little things that make a difference in this series."

Defenseman Ben Lovejoy is one of Anaheim's lower-profile leaders who accurately takes the temperature of his team, and he was candid when he dissected the Ducks. He said they have to use their size and ability to grind to make life difficult for Quick, and that the defensemen have to be smarter in helping the forwards get in position for those second chances.

The mood in Anaheim's room had calmed some Tuesday, but the latest loss will linger because of an extra day between games.

"I think we're a confident group," Lovejoy said. "I think that we know we can beat this team. We feel we've had two pretty even games and they've obviously come out on top. I truly believe playoffs is all about momentum, and right now we need to put a seed of doubt in their mind. If we win that next game and it's 2-1, we can do that."

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