"Didn't know that," said the energetic winger, who scored on a lunging backhander at 1:46 of the second period.
"That's nice," Cogliano said politely.
It was appropriate that making the playoffs didn't trigger celebrations among the Ducks, who took the
But they were entitled the smiles they wore Saturday after their league-leading 31st one-goal victory because of the improvement they've shown in key areas during the past two games.
After struggling to kill penalties and yielding two power-play goals Thursday in a 3-2 victory at Boston, the Ducks killed four disadvantages Saturday, including a five-on-three that lasted a minute and 54 seconds in the second period. That was part of an exemplary effort in the middle period, their weakest all season. Goaltender
"If it wasn't for those saves, it could be a different game," Cogliano said. "He stepped up. He did a good job. I thought our penalty kill was probably the difference tonight because we had a bunch of them."
Goals by Palmieri — who was born in nearby Smithtown — and Cogliano allowed the Ducks to take control in the second period and supported Andersen, who began this trip by getting an early hook after he gave up three goals on seven shots in a 7-2 loss to the
"You've just got to keep battling," he said. "They're going to have some opportunities, and you've got to do what you can to make those saves and use it as momentum for us. We came back and scored a couple goals after that.
"It's nice to get those saves and help the team get a win because it was a tight point of the game."
Andersen has given Coach
"For Freddie's mind-set it was huge," Boudreau said. "He came in in a tough situation, on the road, when the team wasn't exactly going well, being pulled in his last outing, and I thought he played two stellar games. It could have changed quickly in that five-on-three, and he made three 10-bell saves."
Playing their final regular-season game at the arena the Islanders will vacate next season to move to Brooklyn, the Ducks took a 1-0 lead when
Palmieri restored the Ducks' lead at 1:46 of the second period, and Andersen kept them in the game until Cogliano made it 3-1.
"I think we knew we were in the playoffs. It was just a matter of where we were going to finish," center Ryan Getzlaf said. "It doesn't change anything for us. We just keep playing and keep doing the things that we're doing these last couple games."
DUCKS AT NEW JERSEY
When: 4 p.m. PDT Sunday
On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 830.
Update: The Ducks conclude this five-game trip at the