With Wednesday's 5-1 win over the
The victory gave them a third consecutive
But there were no champagne baths, no dogpiles at center ice and no locker room celebrations when it was over. That's because for Ducks' Coach
Despite their recent success, the Ducks haven't gone beyond the
"I hope it's an expectation. We certainly want bigger and better things for our group," said Boudreau, whose four seasons with the Ducks have all ended in losses. "They know what it feels like to win. And they know what it feels like to lose. The feeling to win is an awful lot nicer than the other one. But there's also a price to pay. That's got to be such a priority."
The Ducks know when and where their playoff journey will begin, but the rest of the NHL playoff picture is so muddled they may not know who they will be playing for another nine days.
The Ducks certainly like how they're playing, though, with Wednesday's result giving them four straight wins and eight in their last 10 games. Against the Oilers they shared the wealth, with five players scoring — three of them with help from
Francois Beauchemin got the rout started, scoring on the Ducks' first shot of the night less than four minutes into the game. The Ducks doubled the lead six minutes later after Edmonton's
Midway into the second period,
Simon Despres made it 4-0 a short time later with a long slap shot from along the left boards before
The goal now is to keep that momentum going.
"We have to keep grinding," Cogliano agreed. "This is the most important time for the team to play well and keep moving forward. Because you just can't turn the switch on in the playoffs."
The Ducks claimed another milestone, with their 50th victory giving them consecutive 50-win seasons for the first time in franchise history. The last NHL team to do that was Vancouver in 2011-12.
Not that it was worth celebrating then either. The