Los Angeles Hockey: Teeme Selanne
November, 27, 2011
By Dan Arritt | ESPNLosAngeles.com
ANAHEIM -- Enough talking.
After the Ducks lost for the 13th time in their last 14 games Sunday night, veteran forward Teemu Selanne had heard enough. There’s only one place the Ducks can fix their broken wings.
“Out there, there’s the answer,” said the 41-year-old right wing, pointing out the door of the dressing room toward the Honda Center ice, where the Ducks had just lost, 5-2, against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.
Second to last in the league in scoring coming into the game, 23rd in goals against and 19th on the power play, the issues are complicated and far-reaching. Selanne insisted the downfall has nothing to do with coaching, team leadership or the offensive and defensive systems in place. It’s all in their heads.
“There’s no mental toughness right now,” he said.
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle agreed that the team’s issues seem to stem from the neck up.
“We just seem to be dead between the ears,” he said. “We’re not thinking, we’re not reading and then it seems we pile on extra work for ourselves from our lack of execution.”
The Ducks followed their recent script by grabbing a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, then giving plenty back. The Maple Leafs tied the score a little more than four minutes later and then moved ahead for good 19 seconds after that. Another goal in the second period and two more in the fourth prompted what was left of the crowd to unleash a chorus of boos as the players left the ice.