The Ducks looked like they were skating in the mud against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night, which had a lot to do with it. After taking an early lead, the Ducks followed an avalanche here, there and everywhere and suffered a 5–2 loss at the Ball Arena in Denver.
Colorado won its sixth consecutive game.
Because they were slow to get loose pucks – because they were slow, period – the Ducks began a march towards the penalty box that hoped to generate any further momentum. His penalty kill got a lot of work done and Wednesday was the best part of his game.
But all that defense meant he was back on his heels for extended stretches, even on strength, and it proved his undoing in his third consecutive defeat. There has been a marked drop in their overall game after winning eight matches earlier this month.
Sonny Milano scored two goals in the power play for a duck.
Black Makar, Alex Newhook, Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Nazem Qadri (Power Play) scored for the Avalanche.
Darcy Kumper began scoring for Colorado, but went after not one but two incidents with a skate blade, which caused a Milano goal. Jonas Johansson replaced Kuemper for good after Kumper took a step on the ice for the second period warmup and fell on the ice.
There is much more to come on this story.