A sheepish expression formed on
A team official informed him he had more interview obligations afterward, and it was as if Rakell was embarrassed to be this good. Even he couldn't describe his highlight-reel play 1:24 into overtime Friday to give the
Rakell skated around Brandon Davidson and
Rakell later said, "It was a good feeling. I didn't think very much. I just kind of reacted … three-on-three [play], everything can happen."
The Ducks have made almost everything happen during their NHL-leading seven straight wins. They are 21-4-2 since Christmas.
The Ducks are two points behind the first place Kings in the
"Lately our confidence has been good," Boudreau said. "When it's a tight game, we always believe we can win."
Boudreau first wanted to see a replay of Rakell's goal, which figures to be one of many in his Ducks career, assuming the team re-signs the 22-year-old this summer.
But trade speculation was the topic of the day. Edmonton scratched
The players who did suit up for the
Getzlaf looked at the bigger picture in pulling out the win.
"This is the time where we're learning to compete down the stretch," he said. "We're going to play great teams all the way through, and every night's going to have to be a bit of a grind."
Ducks players are aware of a potential move before the deadline, specifically an upgrade on wing. Ducks General Manager Bob Murray confirmed that need Thursday but said he's not necessarily inclined to tweak a successful makeup.
"You don't want to fool with it too much," Murray said.
That sentiment was shared by players.
“I think everyone believes in the guys in the room,” forward