It was supposed to be a battle between two of the league’s power houses, a potential Stanley Cup final preview, but Sunday’s tilt between the Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers was an “old-fashioned butt-kicking” in the words of Bruce Boudreau.
“We looked more like No. 30 than we did No. 1 tonight,” Boudreau said per The Orange County Register. “We couldn’t look at anybody that was really good. We were all in the same boat.”
The loss ended Anaheim’s four-game win streak.
The Ducks lost both meetings with the Rangers this season while being out-scored 11-3.
“We’re going to flush it and move on,” said captain Ryan Getzlaf. “That’s all you can do on these nights. Burn the tape. Move on. Get ready to play the next one. Because tonight was embarrassing. It was terrible.”
Anaheim continues its three-game road trip Tuesday night in Columbus while the Rangers play host to the L.A. Kings on NBCSN.