All good things must come to an end, and the Anaheim Ducks’ five-game winning streak came to an ugly conclusion Friday night via a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at Honda Center,
The Ducks grabbed 1-0 lead in the first period on Jakob Silfverberg’s seventh goal of the year, but that was it for the Anaheim offense. The visitors knotted it up in the second period, and pulled away with three third-period goals.
“We didn’t execute,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We didn’t play anywhere near a blue-collar type of game that was required. Consequently, we were receiving the game. Nothing we seemed to try to do had any positive effect. It was all frustration and a lack of ability to execute. They were faster, quicker and executed to a higher rate than we did.”
Friday’s loss dropped the Ducks’ record to 15-11-5, still worth 35 points and second place in the NHL Pacific Division. The team will be next in action Sunday hosting the New Jersey Devils (10-12-5, 25 points), who are in last place in the Metropolitan Division.