But why wouldn't he? The Ducks were up, 3-0, on two goals by
"Until the penalties happened they were, I thought, pretty lifeless," Boudreau said. "And I made the mistake of saying, 'OK finally we're going to win a game without [stress]. So it's my fault."
Blame him for the back-and-forth nature of the Ducks' 13th one-goal win this season. "When was the last time we won a game by more than one goal?" Boudreau said. "I can't remember it."
For the record, it was a 4-1 decision over Columbus on Oct. 24, in their eighth game of the season.
Or blame the craziness on goaltender
"They played well today and they got the bounces and scored on their opportunities," said Andersen, who gave up the four goals on the first 16 shots he faced. "It's definitely tougher when you don't see a lot of shots. But that's on me, to be ready all the time."
Or blame the difficulty on those penalties Boudreau mentioned, called against
Suddenly, the Ducks' lead was 3-2. Then, it vanished and became a 4-3 edge for Minnesota, on a long, rising shot by
"We thought we were in control of the game there for a while," Ducks winger
Still, it made for a bizarre evening.
"Just a hockey game, I guess," said winger
They won and regained the top spot in the West thanks in part to Jackman's tying goal, which came 90 seconds after Fontaine had put Minnesota ahead. Jackman took a lead pass from Kesler and took a shot that was blocked by Wild defenseman Christian Folin, but the rebound came back to Jackman. His second attempt succeeded, Jackman's second goal this season.
"It was fun to help out on the score sheet," he said. "I don't get to do it too often so it's always fun."
The timing was crucial, and so was the guy who scored it. Not a finesse player but someone who stepped up when the Ducks needed an offensive boost or to compensate for an injury.
"Jacko's been working so hard in the last little while," Getzlaf said. "He gets taken out of the lineup some nights and he never complains. He just plays, and he plays hard. It's nice to see a guy like that get rewarded."
Finally, two bits of medical news: Perry accompanied the team to Winnipeg for Sunday's game. And a club spokesman said forward