The Ducks could have complained about the officiating, but they didn't. They could have whined and groaned and acted as if they had been wronged after a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks in their home opener Friday night at Honda Center.
Instead, the Ducks blamed themselves for a one-sided loss in front of a sellout crowd of 17,529 that came to celebrate the return of hockey but sat in silence for long stretches. The Ducks gave up three power-play goals, including two in the pivotal opening period.
"Unacceptable," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said.
"We didn't do ourselves any favors," team captain Ryan Getzlaf said.
"We let our emotions get the best of us," winger Bobby Ryan said.
Daniel Sedin and Mason Raymond scored power-play goals in the first period, Aaron Volpatti added an even-strength goal in the middle period, Zack Kassian had a power-play goal early in the final period and Raymond scored an even-strength goal late in the third.
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