There was nothing to learn but the final score Wednesday.
Or so it seemed.
The Ducks, for reasons that escape them, clearly have the Calgary Flames’ number at Honda Center, where Anaheim beat the visitors for the 20th consecutive time -- a streak that dates to backup goalie Ilya Bryzgalov’s time with the team in January 2004.
With Wednesday’s 6-3 victory over the Flames, the Ducks (31-10-6) enter the NHL All-Star break with a five-game winning streak and the most points (68) in the league.
Despite being warned they were about to face a team hellbent on ending the skid, the Ducks kept the streak alive as two Ben Lovejoy shots were deflected past Calgary goalie Joni Ortio in the first period.
“We haven’t had a lot deflected in, so it’s nice to see that,” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Said Calgary Coach Bob Hartley: “Some games, the puck comes to you. Some other games, the puck gets away from you.”
Like every game Calgary plays at Honda Center ...
Frederik Andersen was sick – in the good and bad way
The Ducks' goalie was struck by flu symptoms Wednesday and struggled to make the game and return for the third period as he received intravenous treatment.
Still, he recorded 30 saves to win his 26th game of the season and improve to 46-11-5 overall.
“I wanted to try and play, and was able to battle through,” he said.
Despite getting stiffed for an All-Star spot in the first place, Andersen told reporters after the game he will decline an invitation if one comes to replace Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who left his game early and appeared to suffer a groin injury Wednesday.
Andersen said he can use the four days off to return to full health.
They spread the wealth
“We all talked about getting pucks to the net,” Jackman said. “We had some good shifts.”
Nice way to hit the break
Three of the four lines produced two goals apiece.
Message for the break: enjoy it
“I want them not to think about hockey for four days, because when we come back, we play 29 games in 54 days,” Boudreau said. “Very difficult games. East Coast twice.
“Want them to relax, get away from the game, and when they come back, have the same attitude they’ve had the last couple of weeks and hopefully we can pick up where we left off.”