Elevating themselves back to the No. 1 seed in the
It’s a scenario they’d like to repeat later this year in the
No. 2 goalie John Gibson stopped 37 of 38 shots and veteran defenseman
And while there’s been some residual impact of the six trades Anaheim General Manager Bob Murray made in the week-plus before Monday’s
Takeaway No. 1: Gibson and No. 1 goalie
Ego is inherent in athletes, especially professionals driven to be the best.
Instead of being threatened by each other, Andersen and Gibson are feeding off the other's performance.
Andersen appeared in 20 straight games when Gibson was hurt. Gibson played in 10 straight with Andersen injured.
Andersen stopped 29 of 30 shots Tuesday in Arizona. Gibson denied 37 of 38 a night later, against stronger Montreal.
“You just worry about the team winning the game,” Gibson said when asked if he drew motivation from facing a gifted team while matched against NHL goals-against average leader
Takeaway No. 2: Institutional knowledge helps.
Former Canadien forward Jiri Sekac knew to charge toward Price as Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm sent in a shot from near the blue line.
"I knew [Montreal defenseman] PK [Subban] wasn't going to rim the puck," Sekac said. "He always tries to make some play. I knew I had to play the body."
Because of it, the Lindholm rebound skidded off Sekac to Anaheim center
Sekac showed far more joy than Rakell. Of course, he had reason, less than nine days from being traded for
"Nothing gets better than beating the team you used to play for," Sekac said.
Takeaway No. 3: So he's feeling at home?
Sekac said he's still living in a hotel, but after languishing under Montreal Coach Michel Therrien's defensive philosophy, he was beaming after the victory in which he contributed his third assist in five games.
"Everyone believes in me here, so I'm trying to do the things they got me here for," he said.
Takeaway No. 4: And just think who's not here.