1) With all due respect and credit to the RedWings who played a text book playoff game last night, the Ducks just seemed to never get it into gear. What has to be most distressing to them, their fans and coaching staff was the relatively meek manner in which they lost last night.
2) There was no fire displayed. Now, we're not talking about the nonsense that Calgary pulled against Detroit when they were losing late in a game; Pulling Kiprusoff in order to use McClennan to hack at Red Wing players, but the usually feisty Ducks appeared meek as they went down to defeat. Definitely NOT what we would have expected from the team that led the NHL in fighting majors.
3) The Pronger(NOT Neidermayer) hit from behind on Holmstren not withstanding, the Ducks allowed the RedWings to win last night without having to pay for it. The old Detroit defense came away without having to sustain few, if any bone crunching/jarring hits. Once the game was out of reach in the 3rd we would have expected a much more of a statement than what transpired.
4) Carlyle has to be more than a little concerned, about not only the loss, but as important, HOW they lost. There still is plenty of time to turn the tide, but the Ducks are now in a 'must win' position, and we feel the best way to get back in this is to play the manner in which they succeeded all year; tough in your face/no prisoners hockey with a high degree of intensity. Otherwise the Ducks will go out quietly and we'll get ready for a RedWing-Ottawa Finals.