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Hiller: "We definitely got outcompeted"

The Sports Xchange
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--The Ducks have yet to win consecutive games since their four-game winning streak after a season-opening loss to Buffalo in Helsinki. And the lack of any progress is wearing on the players who are taking in loss after loss -- they've gone 6-19-6 since the 4-1 start. "Every time we play well, it feels like now we've got something going," goalie Jonas Hiller said after a 5-2 home loss to Vancouver. "We get a starting point and then the next game, it seems like we're just back to where we were used to when we were at our worst. I thought in San Jose, everybody was playing hard, was fighting hard. It just looked like today we definitely got outcompeted." Said forward Bobby Ryan: "There's been a lack of consistency, save for the first five games. Throughout the year, we seem to take one step forward and then all of a sudden two steps back."

--D Mark Fraser was sent down to the Syracuse Crunch for a conditioning assignment in the American Hockey League. Fraser, who was acquired from New Jersey on Dec. 12, had been sidelined the last few days with a strained oblique muscle. Fraser played in only four games with the Devils before the trade. He can remain with the Crunch for as long as 14 days and will remain on the Ducks' 23-man roster. "Our thought was if we had sent him down before Christmas on that, he would have only gotten three games in," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "(So) you send him down after Christmas. You're allowed two weeks whether he stays that long or not and we'd have the option of actually getting him in game shape again."

--His colorful and salty language made him one of the highlights of HBO's "24/7" series that centered around the Washington-Pittsburgh rivalry leading up to the 2011 Winter Classic, and Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said he'd do it again if he were asked. "It was great," Boudreau said. "The end was great anyway (a 3-1 Washington victory). The first two weeks were not pretty good." But while this year's edition is focused on the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers, Boudreau hasn't made time to view any episodes. "I haven't really watched it, quite honestly," he said. "Being with a new team, I've been quite busy worrying about this team and getting everything straightened."

QUOTE TO NOTE
"Every time we play well, it feels like now we've got something going. We get a starting point and then the next game, it seems like we're just back to where we were used to when we were at our worst. I thought in San Jose, everybody was playing hard, was fighting hard. It just looked like today we definitely got outcompeted." -- Goalie Jonas Hiller after the Ducks' 5-2 loss to Vancouver

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