The first returns, however, showed promise of a quick and successful adjustment. Left wing
"There's some new faces and they've got to get used to the system and I think today was a great day for that," said Silfverberg, who gave the Ducks a 3-1 lead by clanging a shot off the crossbar, gloving down the rebound and getting it onto his stick for a quick shot past
"We played really good defensively and that's where you've got to start. We played some good offense as well. We drove the net and we had a lot of shots. It's a step in the right direction. We know this is the team now and we've got to get better every night until the playoffs start."
It's almost a footnote that winger
"That's nice," said Andersen, as cool off the ice as he is on it. "You've got to have 50 before you get 51."
Can't argue with that. Or with the Ducks' effective blend of grit, skill and goaltending Tuesday in sending Arizona to its 10th consecutive loss.
Kesler scored the Ducks' first goal while they were shorthanded, bursting through the defense with a defender draped over him at 13:34 of the first period.
"I think that was a definitive Kesler-type goal as far as when you picture him, you picture him battling and working and then just outworking the guy and getting the puck and putting it in," Coach
Cogliano made it 2-0 at 5:56 of the second period by deflecting a shot by Despres, who was paired with
"That was incredible," Kesler said. "I can't believe he made that play."
Silfverberg said luck was on his side. So were his quick hands.
"Just instinct," he said. "Just catch it and try to put it on my stick and just shoot it and yeah, it turned out pretty good."
Things turned out very good for the Ducks when Cogliano scored into an empty net while the Ducks were shorthanded and Arizona pulled Smith to get a six-on-four attack.
"We'll see this same group [Wednesday] in all likelihood against a really good team, the best team in the East right now," Boudreau said of facing Montreal at
But the quick take was a good one, particularly the performance of the Fleischmann-Kesler-Silfverberg trio.