There were tears in the building.
And if there weren’t any on the
The point is, the commitment to rebounding from Tuesday's 6-2 loss in Toronto and the focus on resilience in playing the fourth game of a road trip could've easily vanished in the emotion.
The Ducks beat the returning
Here's what we learned from the game Thursday night:
1. The idea of a 30-goal season from
The second-line forward enhanced his surprising numbers with a pretty big game-winner, and now has 15 goals through 33 games. That projects closer to 35 goals.
“I asked him before the game how many shots he’d had in the last three games,” Ducks Coach
2. What happened to
Mystery of the day: Did
Earlier this week, Boudreau said it was logical to give Andersen -- after playing in 20 consecutive games -- a game off in the Montreal-Ottawa back-to-back stretch.
But he also noted how sharp Andersen was Saturday night in his 27-save victory in Winnipeg, the second game of a back-to-back.
Asked if he could start again in the bid to produce a 4-1 road trip, Andersen said, "We'll see."
Said Boudreau: "If I'm not getting a day off, why should he?"
3. The Ducks can stand up for themselves
Down 1-0, Montreal tried to season and marinate the visitors in the third period. The teams combined for seven penalties.
And the defining rough stuff was Ducks defenseman
We’ll likely find out Saturday if the
"Clearly, they're a really fast team, opportunistic, and they can get their speed going, so if we can slow them down, that's the goal," Stoner said. "In the second, they had a couple odd-man rushes they shouldn't have had.
"The third was one of our stronger periods."
Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm also reportedly was hurt in the third. He did not speak to reporters after scoring a first-period goal and limped toward the shower area.
4. A league without Saku Koivu is worse for it
The center may have left the NHL without a
Early in a news conference preceding his retirement ceremony, before filling notebooks for the most uplifting story of the day, he apologized to reporters for making them do extra work between a morning skate and the game.
What kind of person thinks like that?
The same kind who got diagnosed with cancer and responded by launching a $7-million-plus fund-raising mission that successfully brought to Montreal the same machine that helped him continue living.