Many have been lost in the
They've compensated thanks to the scoring touch that forward
The 26-year-old left wing is tied with former
He had never scored more than the 11 goals he netted as a 2009-10 rookie.
"If you're not supposed to be an offensive guy and you're making plays that are not working, that's bad," Beleskey said. "You've got to work until [coaches] have that confidence in you."
This season has featured a chain of events that have transformed the Canadian from an NHL everyman into a force.
"He's been our best winger this year," Ducks forward
Watching the Ducks lose to the crosstown rival Kings in last year's playoffs got the best of Beleskey.
After scoring a goal in Game 1 of those
The man cave was not a happy place during the lopsided home loss in Game 7 as Beleskey, his parents and a close friend watched in despair. He spoke to some Ducks teammates on the phone and resolved to make things right this season.
"My whole goal is to not let that happen again," Beleskey said. "I want to be there and be a part of a game like that."
He worked with a shooting coach and learned exercises to keep the trunk of his body more limber, and coupled that with the incentive of becoming an unrestricted free agent after the season.
"Obviously, you want to have a good year in your contract year," Beleskey said. "For someone to say, it's the only reason … if you've watched me play before this year, you know I've played hard every night."
The Ducks (19-6-5) have been wracked by illness and injury throughout the season, and the void at forward has been stark.
Perry missed time with mumps and is now out three to four weeks with a knee sprain.
Yet, Anaheim leads the NHL in points and Beleskey hasn't let more than four games pass without scoring a goal.
"Confidence is the majority of it," he said. "I believe if you have a positive mind-set and positive thinking, things go your way."
And beyond the confidence ...
"His shot is tremendous, has a tremendous release," Ducks Coach
Beleskey has formed a kinship with center
"He's going to the dirty area, the blue," Kesler said. "He's fiery. You can see the effort he gives every night … done a great job filling holes."
Newly assigned to the power play, Beleskey skated to the top of the crease Wednesday, took a backward pass from Palmieri and blasted a high shot to score with 10 seconds left in the man-advantage. His four power-play goals are one shy of his career high.
"He's always had the potential to be a massive goal scorer," Maroon said. "Sometimes it takes time to overcome … whatever it is."
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