Welcome to adversity, Ducks.
It is adversity in the smallest sense as the Ducks gained another point in the standings Monday night but a second consecutive 5-4 shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes showed that the journey in this lockout season won't solely be smooth sailing.
Little went wrong for the Ducks (15-3-3) in their first 20 games, and it is the first time they've dropped two games in a row.
They've yet to lose two in a row in regulation and have points in 18 of their 21 contests.
But the Pacific Division leaders are holding themselves to a higher standard. Oliver Ekman-Larsson got the decisive shootout goal after Steve Sullivan did the honors Saturday.
"All teams are going to go through it," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Only when you go through it do you say, 'Well, we have to learn how to face adversity.' I'd rather not go through it until the end of June, quite frankly."
Boudreau watched the same movie play out. The Ducks let two more third-period leads get away, this time in a matter of 1:29 as they allowed 40 shots on goal while Jonas Hiller was alternately brilliant and subpar.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan scored 11 seconds after Corey Perry's power-play deflection past Phoenix goalie Mike Smith, and Michael Stone tied it at 4-4 just 1:18 after Bobby Ryan's first goal in eight games.
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