Take away their leading scorer and starting goalie, and the
Forced to adapt through a Sunday scratch of acknowledged leader
"You've got to be ready when you're called upon to give the team a solid chance to win the game," said rookie goalie
Owning the most points (31) in the
"… January and February, we get a lot of time off. That seems like years away right now," said Ducks center
With an empty-net goal by forward
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said the decision to scratch Getzlaf was made Sunday after the league's second-leading scorer (22 points) told the coach "he wasn't feeling right," experiencing lingering discomfort from a Friday morning-skate fall.
"It made for an easy decision," Boudreau said. "This isn't Game 77 or the fourth game of the playoffs."
Hiller was suffering through
The Ducks took just five first-period shots at Vancouver goalie
"The second-leading scorer in the league, one of the best players in the world, you're going to miss him, but we did a great job battling," Boudreau said.
Andersen kept the game scoreless through 20 minutes by stopping 13 shots.
Ducks General Manager
Andersen ranks second in the NHL in save percentage and third in goals-against-average (1.41).
"I want to just make sure it's a tough decision if they want to send anyone anywhere," Andersen said.
The Ducks first led when wing Corey Perry head-butted a bounding blue-line shot to the crease and tapped the puck into the net — his team-leading 11th goal.
Vancouver (11-7-2) answered less than six minutes later on
Late in the second, Ducks forward
"We've had guys step in all year," Bonino said. "We've got a lot of character and a lot of depth, and it showed tonight."