There were times in the hard-hitting Saturday night game against the
Anaheim absorbed a very good shot from the Kings, who needed a victory to stay in playoff position, had rested for three days and forced the Ducks to absorb 45 hits at Staples Center.
Still, the Ducks won, 3-2, in a shootout.
In their continued bid to feel as if they’ve conquered the difference that left them eliminated by the Kings in seven games in last season’s
"That's as good a team as you can play when they're playing like that," Getzlaf said.
The forward may only have six goals through 46 games, but in the shootout, he’s 7-for-11 after beating Kings goalie
"We got him the next year, it dawned on me that's what he said, so I gave him a shot at it and he scored. Scored again. Scored again," Boudreau said. "That shot [on Quick] had a pretty great release on it. I heard the ping and the cheers."
Silfverberg said the confidence from his prior success seems to carry over to the next game.
"I've been lucky so far," he said. "I was trying to switch it up, so I took it in, took a quick shot -- [
A powerful rise
With his tying third-period goal, Ducks defenseman
That was preceded by a 1-for-27 slump with a man-advantage.
"We've showed we know how to play down a goal," Vatanen said, his team now 22-0-6 in one-goal games this season. "I was trying to pass it to [forward] Patty [Maroon]. I got lucky, it bounced off another player [Kings defenseman Matt Greene]."
They found a way through the gloom
There were times during the second period that the Ducks seemed incapable of ever getting a goal past Quick.
They slapped a hand at the puck, flung a stick wildly just trying to move it closer, but really seemed to have no effective plan to penetrate the defense.
That's a problem left over from last season, when the Kings' defense dictated the outcome.
"It almost felt like we were protecting the defensive aspect of the game," Boudreau said. "But when we're behind, we push a little harder."
Anaheim was scoreless through more than 14 minutes of the second period Saturday, when Corey Perry, then Maroon, then Getzlaf put consecutive shots on Quick, with Getzlaf breaking through.
"We can compete with them," Boudreau said. "We're not afraid to play them anymore."
In the Ducks’ 17th overtime game of the season, goalie Frederik Andersen endured good scoring threats from
In the shootout, he kept
"Fun to be a part of a big game like that," Andersen said afterward, improving to 7-1-1 since Dec. 22. "When we're winning, that's what matters. Get the win, that's an important point against these guys."