Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 12/5/11
Midway through the second period of Anaheim's 5-2 loss to Minnesota on Sunday, The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" was directly cued up to a rather ominous lyric. Meet the new bossSeems like the old boss Coincidence? Of course. And with respect to new Head Coach Bruce Boudreau, who has stepped into a challenging situation and will require time before instilling the confidence and belief that he expects out of his players, the change that Roger Daltrey sang about won't come instantly. Still, two games into Boudreau's tenure, the Ducks have put forth carbon copies of the types of games that led to Randy Carlyle's dismissal last week. Early two and three-goal leads are evaporating. A goal was allowed with less than four seconds remaining in the first period. Pucks are deflecting off sticks and skates past Jonas Hiller. On Sunday, the Wild took their first lead off a stoppable backhander by Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Perhaps Baba O'Reilly should be played at Honda Center instead. Out here in the fieldsI fight for my meals "Sure, we can say, 'Well, bounces are against us, stuff goes off the skate, we hit the post in the offense,' but if you're not working hard, you're not going to get those bounces," Hiller said. "That's what I think is the difference right now. We think we're working hard, but I think in our own end we've shown that there's just a little bit missing. We can do it for a period of time. I think we gave up two shots in the first 10 minutes because we were working hard, everybody was fighting. And then we suddenly relaxed, and the next thing, they have 30 shots by the end of the second." Visibly frustrated, Hiller spoke after the game about the team's mental makeup and divergence from a hard-working, intelligent, responsible gameplan. "It looks like we're there, but we're not really there. Physically we're there, but probably mentally we're already in the other zone, or I don't know, still in the dressing room," Hiller said. "We're playing here in the NHL and I don't think it should happen. You can have all the skills, but if you're not working hard in your own end, you're not going to win any games." Nick Johnson scored the game-winning goal with 5:31 to play after gaining leverage on Luca Sbisa, getting inside of him in the low slot, and redirecting a Cal Clutterbuck centering feed off his skate. "We seem to let guys get inside of you, inside of us," Hiller said. "We seem to kind of be there, but then they can still do with the stick whatever they want. We're not closing the gap, we're not there with our stick, we're not really solid with getting the puck out, we're not really solid with getting the puck in." Sbisa added comments regarding the lack of composure that comes with the territory of a three-wins-in-21-games-stretch. "I don't think we get too cocky or too loose in the room," Sbisa said. "Maybe because we've lost so many games we kind of get too tight, grip the stick too tight, but we've got to learn from that. It can't happen. We have nothing to lose. We're at rock bottom right now." When Boudreau took over the reins of the hockey club last week, he spoke of fostering an identity of confidence, of believe and trust in the system, and the power of a positive outlook. After Sunday's game, there's still plenty of mental adjustments to be made, and with 56 games remaining in the season, there's still time for the players to buy in. When he took a timeout after the Ducks had allowed two goals in 32 seconds to fall behind 3-2, Boudreau used the stoppage to get that message through. "I said, 'Don't hang your head, you look like you're a beaten crew.' If you can't face a little adversity in sport or in hockey, you're not going to get anywhere. Pull up your socks and get mad rather than feeling sorry for yourselves, cause they look like when they got the second goal, it was 'Aw, they tied us, we're not going to be successful.' Now, when they got the third goal, it was 'Oh, woe is us.' So we've got to get that mindset out of them right away and be able to say, 'Damnit, let's go get it back.' NOTES: Anaheim hosts Los Angeles on Tuesday in the third installment of the Freeway Faceoff (7:00 FOX Sports West Prime Ticket). Los Angeles swept a home-and-home series last month. "I think there's going to be a lot of hatred on both sides," Boudreau said. "When I was part of the Kings organization, they certainly didn't like the Ducks, so now that I'm here, I certainly don't like the Kings." Teemu Selanne played in his 800th game as an Anaheim Duck and recorded two assists. The 41-year old leads the club with 25 points in 26 games. Playing in his second game of the season, enforcer J.F. Jacques got into his first fight, a spirited bout with Brad Staubitz, whom he took down. The 26 year old has seven penalty minutes in his two games with Anaheim and six goals and twelve points in 16 games with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch.
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