Definitely top three.
What was most concerning was the lack of effort. The Avs have had bad performances before, but this game was a new low point in the effort department. After the third Ducks goal, the Avs looked content to basically run out the clock and get to the locker room. At a time when you would expect a surge to try to bring the game back to within two goals before intermission, the Avs looked listless and utterly disinterested.
There was a brief spark when Lappy scored his goal to bring it within two goals in the third, but that momentum was quickly crushed by another awful PP opportunity. The Ducks scored shortly thereafter and the Avs didn't put up much of a fight after that. I guess it is human nature, but I am amazed that guys who get paid that much money to play a game can just appear to not care whatsoever.
I think the Avs had only 3 or 4 shots on net on their PPs. The other crushing blow was their 55 seconds of 5-3 in which they didn't manage one legitimate scoring chance. Granted, that 55 seconds was split by the first intermission, but it was still embarrassing to watch. Down by 2, the Avs needed to score there to make it a game. And they seemed to know that when it didn't happen, they were doomed.
Only Lappy's line looked like they wanted to be there. At this point, those guys should be getting 20 minutes of ice time. Smyth was a disappointment. The drive he exhibited Saturday against the Kings was completely absent against the Ducks. Of all the Avs, Hejduk had the most opportunities. He had three or four great scoring chances. To get those chances, a guy must be doing something right. And Hejduk is a pro - I never get the sense that he's lollygagging out there. But he absolutely has to convert those opportunites into goals if this team has any hope of competing with the Anaheims of the league right now. Maybe if he pots one or two of those, the team wakes up. But it is a sad comment on this team to say that they need a goal to wake up and play. Act like professionals and play hard, regardless of who is hurt or what the score is. That's not too much to ask.
Hopefully Granato is angry with these guys. He should be. He's watching these guys piss away his coaching career.