VANCOUVER, Canada — First place in the
"It's a goal" to win the division, said center
"We're more trying to pay attention to our game, the way we want to play, the way it has to be," Koivu said.
Ducks rookie goalie
Most important, by virtue of the
"We not only want first place, but to be playing as well as we can going into the playoffs," Andersen said. "Now, we'll focus on those last eight games, and focus on how we played earlier in the season now that we're in crunch time."
The Ducks also pulled within three points of the
After giving up nine power-play goals over a seven-game stretch from March 7 to 20, the Ducks killed all three penalties they committed in the second period and they even were able to extend their lead to 3-1.
Andersen stopped all 15 shots he faced in the period.
Koivu made them pay with 8:58 left in the second, halting his 17-game goal-less drought dating to Jan. 30 by backhanding a pass from behind the net by line-mate
For good measure, the Ducks, who began the night ranked 20th in the
Anaheim now has a four-game streak without allowing a power-play goal.
"We just kept trying to do what we want to do, keep them on the boards, focus on the ice," Andersen said.
Corey Perry, with his team-best 38th goal, and center
Knowing San Jose lost in the afternoon, the Ducks surged to a 2-0 lead during a 71-second span early in the first period.
Then, Ducks forward
Vancouver (34-31-11) is five points behind the eighth-place