Beleskey put an end to a season-high five-game goal-less streak by scoring in back-to-back games Friday and Sunday. He has a team-best and career-high 17 goals and has emerged as a viable candidate for
Ducks officials would not discuss the status of contract talks with Beleskey, who'll be an unrestricted free agent at season's end after a two-year deal that has paid him an average of $1.35 million a season.
Anaheim has big contracts with
The forward said he embraces the fact that the Ducks (26-9-6) lead the NHL in points and were boosted further by the return of injured right wing Perry, forward
"It's definitely nice to have everyone back," Beleskey said. "It doesn't mean you can let up. When you're in first place, everybody comes in here ready to give you a good game."
Beleskey praised second-line center
"He creates a lot of space, you get more opportunities because of his hard work," Beleskey said. "He carries the puck, is in the neutral zone most of the time and kicks it out to [me]. … I owe a lot of this to him."
"I don't think about that stuff … we've been playing good as a team, that's what's helped me get points," Vatanen said. "It's a bonus, but it's not in my mind. I haven't been checking on it."
Vatanen's play has helped the Ducks survive the absences of Beauchemin and
"There's a lot of good defensemen in the league. His numbers don't say he shouldn't be in," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said.
When the Ducks left Toronto after a 6-2 loss on Dec. 16, the
A 3-7 stretch before Tuesday, however, found the team firing Coach Randy Carlyle, the former Anaheim coach who directed the Ducks to the 2007
"It's Toronto, nothing's ever as good as it seems — funny market," Getzlaf said. "Tough to see him let go again. I'm sure he'll find a way to get back in the game at some point. Great coach, he has a future somewhere for sure."
DUCKS VS. NEW YORK RANGERS
When: 7:30 p.m.
On the air: TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 830.
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