The coach and his captain weren't searching for what defines the surprising Ducks or if there is some sort of cosmic force behind their ability to persist in games and often pull out victories.
Six of the nine victories the Ducks have in their 12 games have come with them trailing at some point. Three of those have come when they've faced deficits in the third period.
Maybe it's because only one quarter of this shortened season is in the books, but Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau didn't venture far into whether an identity is being created after comeback road victories in St. Louis and Chicago.
"You guys are the ones that say what our identity is," Boudreau told reporters Wednesday. "I don't ever say this is what we're made of. This is what we are. This is how we do things. We just want to play hard and play right.
"If our identity comes from that we're a team that never gives up, a never-say-die or whatever ... you guys are going to make that known."
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf believes they have carried the positive vibe from the middle of last season over to this one. There is a confidence that they will "get that next goal."
"We're just playing," Getzlaf said. "We haven't talked too much about that kind of stuff. ... The whole identity thing is when teams are searching for something and you try to find something to grab onto right now.
"We're just playing hockey right now. It's one of those things where we're just going out there and working."
RAKELL TO JUNIORS
The Ducks finally made a decision on Rickard Rakell as they sent the 19-year-old forward back to his junior team, the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers.
Rakell had played in his first four NHL games on the fourth line but sat the last seven. Because he didn't surpass the five-game threshold, the club can delay the start of his three-year entry level contract to next season.
Boudreau said they wanted to keep Rakell around for a bit "to see what the NHL is like to make him hungry to want to be here."
Ducks content to focus on game, let others define who they are
Orange County Register | Feb 14