In sickness and in health, the Ducks are wedded to their goalie duo. For now.
Frederik Andersen got the start in goal Friday largely because John Gibson was recovering from illness, but it didn't hurt that Andersen was 3-0-0 in his career against Boston.
He stayed perfect against the Bruins with a 38-save shutout in a 4-0 win at Honda Center. The reunited duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, with winger Jamie McGinn, combined for a goal and three assists to shake the Ducks out of a 1-3-1 slide.
Andersen's start was tinged with irony considering he conceded the starting job to Gibson in November by virtue of a nasty bug that kept him out a week. Gibson wasn't nearly as sick and his rest was more precaution.
But Andersen's shutout further intrigues the goalie rotation, in which the pair switched after two games
apiece for the last month. Andersen, who is 15-1-1 in his last 17 decisions, deflected the topic.
"I just play to my best capability and everything's going to take care of itself," Andersen said. "That's the most fun for me and everyone else in this room. We want to do our best."
Andersen was a steady rudder in a 16-save second period that saw few whistles and lots of skating. He made a save on David Pastrnak on a two-on-one midway through the period.
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau, who said he informed Andersen in the morning that he was starting, thought the Bruins were probably frustrated.
"Some of the 10-bell chances that they had, I'm sure they were shaking their head after he stopped them," Boudreau said. "Maybe they'll be mad enough for [Saturday against the Kings]."
Boudreau won't broach how the goalie situation will work in the playoffs. It's safe to say both will play in an upcoming five-game, nine-day Canada trip.
The Ducks will pack some renewed offense.
Boudreau reunited Getzlaf and Perry for the first time since January, and their line scored on their second shift of the game. Perry fired a hard shot to the net and it went in off McGinn for his fourth goal in nine games as a Duck. Ryan Kesler tapped in a loose puck 76 seconds later for a 2-0 lead on four shots.
"I think both groups were getting a little bit stale," Boudreau said. "We just decided that a little change, sometimes, is good. It sparked some excitement early in the game, and that got us through."
Defenseman Kevin Bieksa returned from a lower-body injury.
The memories came back to Matt Beleskey when he returned to Anaheim and made the same walk he did so many times on game day, this time as a Bruin.
"There's been some big games, there's been some big wins, some big losses," he said before the game. "It's all good memories."
Beleskey briefly left the game when he took a stick to the face from Simon Despres but returned wearing a visor. His hard-nosed style has meshed with Boston, where he has a career-high 33 points. He posted a career-high 22 goals with the Ducks last season and scored eight goals in 16 playoff games.
Beleskey said his seven-year stint in the Ducks organization was important to his development.
"It was a lot of ups and downs, a lot of lessons learned," Beleskey said. "A couple of different coaches. It's all been a learning curve, and pretty much the majority of my career has been here, so it was a huge part being here in Anaheim."