January’s grand plan of
To get healthy.
To tighten up the defensive holes.
To sharpen the offensive precision.
The Ducks have 20 days off this month and have spent at least two practice days before each of their past three games to hammer the fundamentals, improving from a loss to the
Below average for most of the season in special teams, the Ducks are now on a 9-for-9 penalty kill roll, and have four goals in their past 10 power plays.
Takeaway No. 1:
He produced his eighth career hat trick Wednesday, and the Ducks were relentless at times around Toronto goalie
"We worked hard, didn't turn the puck over in the neutral zone, got it deep. That's the way we have to play to be successful," Perry said. "We got to our game and took over the hockey game."
Takeaway No. 2: Found: killer instinct.
“We just kept playing the way we had been. That kept pressure on them and took care of it,” Andersen said after notching his first shutout since Oct. 19 against the
Takeaway No. 3: Sitting the team's goals leader doesn't always blow up in your face.
Boudreau didn’t like the recent play of
"I know when I played, watching a game helped me get out of [a rut]," Boudreau said. "He's a guy we're really going to need. We want him playing the way he did the first 25 games."
Takeaway No. 4: Missed that one. And that one.
When Ducks forward
"I was 99% sure it went in, but they didn't blow the whistle and the horn didn't go off," Palmieri said.
In clarifying that the goal would be credited to Palmieri, not Lindholm, referee Brad Watson referred to the Orange County team as "Atlanta."
'I'm just glad they counted one of them," Palmieri said.