Ducks are caught lagging

first_imgNHL: Road-weary Anaheim doesn’t have energy to play with Columbus. By Rusty Miller THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ducks’ World Tour took a wrong turn Friday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityRick Nash had two goals and a career-best four points, and Pascal Leclaire stopped 28 shots to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the road-weary Ducks, 4-0. Asked if his team was tired after playing four games on two continents and in three arenas in less than a week, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle refused to take the easy way out. “Those are excuses,” he said. “That’s the way it goes. We didn’t have the energy that was necessary to compete at the level they played at.” Sergei Fedorov and Ron Hainsey each added a power-play goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, opening their first full season under Coach Ken Hitchcock. The defending Stanley Cup champions looked tired and disorganized for the first two periods, which was to be expected after what they’ve been through this week. They opened the season by splitting two games with the Kings in London – England, not Ontario – last weekend. They took a flight to Detroit and lost in a shootout Wednesday night before traveling on to Columbus. They complete the grueling trip tonight against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. “They came at us right from the start of the game,” forward Ryan Getzlaf said of the Blue Jackets. “We weren’t prepared for it. We did a lot of things tonight and none of them were the right ones.” It was Leclaire’s second career shutout. He missed most of last year with leg and knee injuries. “We were right there in their face and stayed there all night,” Leclaire said. Columbus was 3-for-11 on the power play and the Ducks were 0-for-7. The Blue Jackets received a standing ovation when they left the ice with a 2-0 lead after the first period. The Ducks didn’t get their first shot on goal until more than 16 minutes had elapsed. Columbus had 14 shots before the Ducks got their first. With the puck seldom leaving Columbus’ offensive zone, Nash crashed the net and, with a defender in front of him, attempted to pass across the slot to David Vyborny. The puck never got to him, though, glancing off the skate of Shane Hnidy and into the net at the 6:44 mark. Hnidy shrugged and hung his head as the crowd cheered. “It was great,” Nash said of the win. “The first game is always like that. You just have to remember not to get too high. It’s just the first game. We’re right back at it (tonight).” On a power play, Nash tried a shot from a hard angle. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov deflected the puck with his stick but it ricocheted to the left wing where Fedorov scored with a one-timer before Bryzgalov could recover.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img