Beauchemin had labored through the playoffs on a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
"It's been a long summer … maybe play again Saturday and be ready for the opener," he said after the Ducks' 2-1 exhibition loss to the
"It was important to get in a couple games … just to get the rhythm back, to get in game shape, get the feel of the game."
Beauchemin, 33, told teammates at last season's end he intended to return for the Oct. 2 season opener, which raised some doubts given the severity of the injury.
But Beauchemin required a similar recovery timetable after tearing a left-knee ACL in November 2008, and returned to play April 10, 2009.
"Me going through it before, I knew what I was expecting," he said.
Perfect timing for the player Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau calls his team's No. 1 defenseman.
The Ducks lost rugged defenseman
Last week, defensemen
"We'll deal with it; other guys are getting healthier," Boudreau said. "We seem to have an awful lot of banged-up guys that are not long-term. Hopefully, in the next two, three days they'll all be skating and within a week they'll be in game shape ready to go."
That lists includes Sunday's addition, right wing
Facing a watered-down Colorado lineup, Ducks defenders weren't intensely pressured Sunday as goalie
With 7:40 left in the second, Colorado's Guillaume Desbiens rocketed the ninth shot past Hiller's left into the net for the game's first goal.