In an agonizing overtime loss to the last-place
"We've got to put those in … don't look for the easy outs," said Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau. "When he bears down on those, he usually scores."
Less than 24 hours later, with first place in the
He powered to the net again Saturday, took a
With his team in the division lead now, a playoff spot clinched and just eight regular-season games remaining, Perry's ability to take his game to another level mirrors the Ducks' interest in doing the same.
The question, as they strive to hold off San Jose for the division lead and catch
But Perreault also sees a divide in how the Ducks have treated weaker teams during their current 5-4-3 stretch. Yes, they avenged the 7-2 March 12 loss at Calgary last week, but then lost to Edmonton.
Perreault said there are times games against teams out of playoff contention "feel like there's no life to it. … They cheat up and down the ice and those two-on-ones and three-on-twos, that's not really the playoff hockey we're going to see."
Asked whether his team needs to be prodded by perceived stiff competition to sharpen its focus and game, Boudreau said, "What's a prod? I hope we're ready and rarin' to go."
Five more non-playoff-position opponents, including Winnipeg on Monday night at
"It's a good sign, because those are the games we've had to get up for, and did," Perreault said.
Acquired from Dallas before the trade deadline, days before he recovered from a broken leg suffered in November, Robidas said he's "getting to know the system better, getting the timing back, making simple plays.
"I like the way this team is built, the way we play. It's been an easy transition. I feel good physically. You can't replicate timing. The more I play, the better I feel. It's going in the right direction."
The 37-year-old said hitting is "part of the game. If it's there, I focus on stopping the play before it gets going."
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