There was plenty of green in
Two goals in a shootout weren’t enough, either, in a 2-1 loss. Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons scored in the 10th round to deny the Ducks the extra point as they head to San Jose for a big game against the
Girgensons outwaited goalie
“We carried the play for most of the game,”
"Their goal was off one of our guys and in on a lucky bounce. We had plenty chances to score. Their goalie played well. You lose in a shootout. I don't think you hold your head too far down for this one. We played well."
It figured as a classic trap game for the Ducks before their regular-season finale against first place San Jose. Buffalo was on its second game in as many nights and went down to five defensemen after
The Ducks didn't buy into the trap theory, though. They will go into Saturday still confident with points in five of their past six games.
"We're playing good hockey right now," Bieksa said. "We're rolling four lines. We're rolling six D. We're playing a team that does the same thing … It's going to be a good game."
For the second straight game, Rakell began the scoring with a career-high establishing goal.
He reached the 30-goal mark for the first time Wednesday, and No.31 came in similar fashion in front of the net with his precision hands.
Rakell backhanded in a rebound created by
Montour, back in the lineup after being scratched, made a backhand pass out to Fowler from down low.
Rakell went into this season with 29 goals in the first 165 games of his career. His 31st goal was scored in his 60th game this season.
The Ducks easily could have padded their 1-0 lead but they missed at least five quality scoring opportunities in the second period. Those included defenseman Josh Manson on a lost backhand and Rakell and
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