Breaking up linemates
Boudreau and the Ducks caught a big one Wednesday, and it neatly wrapped up a long stay on their pond.
Split from his usual partner for almost all of the game, Perry started a tic-tac-toe play with
It salvaged the end of an eight-game, three-week stretch at home, 5-3. Anaheim will go on a three-game trip leading into next week's All-Star break and won't play at home again until Feb. 2.
"It's uplifting rather than deflating," said Coach Bruce Boudreau. "To go on the road in three really tough buildings on a two-game losing streak would have really tested our mettle. But to go there now with a win under our belts and play the best team in the league [Washington], we have a little bit of confidence."
Rakell's 10th goal backed up 25 saves by goalie John Gibson, 14 of which came in the second period.
Rakell's goal was part of a subplot of line shuffling that continued after Boudreau split up Getzlaf and Perry, as he has at brief times this season in search of scoring, balance and more difficult defensive line matchups for the opponent.
He did at the end of Sunday's game against the Kings, when Getzlaf had success with
But the Perron-Getzlaf-Stewart line produced the Ducks' first goal. It came on defenseman Shea Theodore's wrist shot from inside the blue that made it through a thicket of players. Theodore was initially credited, but it was determined that Stewart got his stick on it for his seventh goal.
"It went pretty good," Getzlaf said of the shuffling. "Obviously, you're going to take some learning curves. You've got to get to know different people and where they're going to be. We've got to find ways to work guys into the lineup and get their minutes. I thought tonight was a pretty good job of that."
Former Kings center
It is his first appearance in the area since his seven-year stint with the Kings ended last summer.
The goal also ended Minnesota's two-game plus scoreless streak.
The Ducks reassigned goalie
"For right now, I'm real happy with where I'm at, and I hopefully I keep progressing from here," Fowler said.