They’ve gotten to this point as the
Building upon the faith to keep pressing in the face of a game’s setbacks, the
“We were able to keep them to the outside, and [goaltender
The Ducks, with their top six defensemen now reunited after a months-long health battle that afflicted three, strangled the Canucks' offense to 14 total shots.
Takeaway No. 1: They have a knack for going long.
The Ducks' back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday both went beyond regulation, upping their season total of overtime/shootout games to 14 through 38 games.
In all of last season, Anaheim participated in just 18 such games.
The Ducks (24-8-6) are 8-6 in the post-regulation affairs.
Takeaway No. 2: It's the most wonderful time of the year … .
Getzlaf, the Ducks center, leads all NHL players in both scoring (20 points) and assists (15) in December after collecting the primary assist on Francois Beauchemin's third-period goal by winning a faceoff.
Getzlaf also had the secondary assist on Fowler’s winner, sliding a pass to
Andersen has 10 wins this month, a team record for goalie victories in any month. And he’ll likely have a chance to top it Wednesday, when the Ducks meet the visiting second-place
Takeaway No. 3: On second thought,
I wrote in this space after Saturday’s shootout loss in Arizona that by giving Heatley a chance to take the first shootout try that perhaps Ducks Coach
On Sunday, however, with forwards
That shootout chance might've been Heatley's last chance, with Perry (sprained knee) and Jackman, pending medical clearance following a Dec. 22 blow to the head, believed to be back in the lineup soon.
Takeaway No. 4: The power play woes are troubling.
By going 0-for-4 Sunday with a man advantage, the Ducks are now tied with Dallas at 22nd in the NHL in the category –- a stunning placement given the amount of talent on the unit, even with Perry sidelined.
Assistant Coach "Brad [Lauer] is in charge of the power play, I'm not going to jump in and say, 'Do this and do that.' It is frustrating because I see how hard the coaches work [and] when I see the players not doing what they're being asked to do," Boudreau said.