It will take special resolve for the
So Thursday's 2-1 victory over the
Coming off a lopsided loss in Toronto, confronting a tie game in front of a packed road crowd hoping to cap a special evening with a victory, Ducks forward
"That's a tough hockey team, we're on a long trip, but I was real impressed by how we came out in the first period after all that emotion that went into that pregame show," Ducks center
The game was preceded by an emotional retirement ceremony honoring
Koivu, in addition to telling the crowd he'll "always be a Hab at heart," told the Ducks he "really enjoyed playing for an unbelievably great team."
The talent that has Anaheim (22-7-5) leading the
Montreal (20-11-2) responded strongly in the second period with center
Andersen gloved a long-distance try through traffic by defenseman
A frantic save on
"When they were taking it to us a little bit, he was at the top of his game," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "And when he's at the top of his game, he's as good as there is."
Andersen said he did drills after giving up four goals in the Ducks' 6-2 Tuesday loss to stop "chasing the puck … that helped me be really calm today. … I let the puck hit me."
The game turned testy in the third, with Ducks defenseman
"Their team wasn't happy about it," Stoner said. "I didn't mean to hurt him. The game's fast. Sometimes guys go into the boards wrong."
Minutes later, Ducks forward
The Ducks' response was a lockdown. Montreal had only five third-period shots on goal.
"We talk about playing the same way," Beleskey said, "keep grinding, going at them."
Four seconds after a power play expired, Ducks center
"We needed this game," Beleskey said. "Good bounce-back win."
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