Murray, believing that Beleskey was one of the pieces he needed for a run at the
Beleskey converted a rebound from the slot during a power play early in the third period to put the Ducks ahead of the
"We're going home to our home fans," Beleskey said after joining
Beleskey has played a key role in getting them this far. Although he was held without a point during their first-round sweep of Winnipeg, he brought enough verve to grab the attention of Calgary Coach Bob Hartley. Now, even though he has brought the Flames to the brink of elimination, he has won Hartley's admiration.
"He's a great worker, and right now pucks are finding him. He's positioning himself very well in the slot," Hartley said. "He was a force against Winnipeg but not on the score sheet. Against us he's been on fire.
"He's a great worker, and I hate to say it, but he deserves it."
Beleskey has never shied away from hard work or contact.
"He's a player who gets the job done, and he's a guy that you want out there when you need things to happen, if it's a goal, if it's a hit, a fight," Cogliano said. "He's one of those players that are going to be a very hot commodity in this league, and he already is.
"Four goals in four straight games, that's tough to do in the playoffs. A lot of guys can't do that. With his shot he can do that, and he's a massive part of this team, and he's really come on at the right time."
Beleskey has usually played with
"We've got to take care of business when they take a penalty like that, at the end of a period and try and take liberties on Beauch," Beleskey said. "You've got to make them pay, and we did."
Beleskey did his part by rebounding a shot by Silfverberg. "Our power play has been working hard all year, and we'd been creating momentum all game," he said. "Silfver made that nice shot off the pads, and I was trying to get open in the slot, and I just fired it home."
His goal-scoring spree is something he couldn't explain. "I seem to score in bunches," he said.
That was fine with Beauchemin. "Hopefully, he's got 25 more bunches," the defenseman said.
None of this would have happened if Murray had made one of those trades pitched to him before the deadline. Beleskey is glad Murray didn't listen. This is where he wanted to be, with this team and in this situation.
"Oh yeah, I wanted to stay. I've always wanted to stay. I love it here in Anaheim. I've been a Duck my whole career, and hopefully I am next year," said Beleskey, a fourth-round draft pick in 2006.
"I didn't want to miss out on this, that's for sure. This is what I wanted, and it's paying off."
The even bigger payoff awaits him and the Ducks on Sunday.