Urgent emergency? Sabres blank desperate Ducks


Break out your sad/angry Bruce Boudreau photos, as Thursday was another brutal night for the Anaheim Ducks.

Despite talk of a sense of urgency, the Ducks continue to waddle their way through mediocrity, suffering a 3-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

They’ve lost their last two games by a combined score of 8-1, a situation that’s only more frustrating when you consider their strangely blank December schedule (just five games so far this month and just three since Dec. 6).

This seemed to carry some of the beats of a typical Ducks loss in 2015-16.

Yes, there was some effort there, with a high shot total and flashes of brilliance. Just not enough. Ryan Getzlaf also failed to generate the offense fans were once accustomed to seeing. Fair or not, it largely felt like a flop.

It seems like a really unpleasant brew of bad luck and bad play. And one cannot help but wonder if Bruce Boudreau’s days are once again numbered, even as he hit a milestone tonight.

This game began a four-game road trip and seven of eight contests away from home for Anaheim. The #DucksRoadTrip thread could get dark fast at this pace.

Their schedule is pretty home-heavy to start 2016 … but what kind of shape will this team be in by then?