Pulling success from a string of failures is something that separates teams, as it does the
Locked in a power-play stretch of futility and pained by a golden chance to ice a victory Wednesday, only to see the Flyers score a tying goal with 2.6 seconds left in regulation, the Ducks still won, 5-4, by shootout.
Here's what we learned during that victory:
Ya gotta believe
“We stayed positive,” Ducks forward
"We battled in the overtime. We had a lot of chances in overtime. We stuck with it. We could have deflated, but I thought we had a lot of positive vibes and we kept going."
Not to spoil those vibes, but how can this much power-play talent rank in the lower third of the
"It's been tough on the power [but] I thought we moved around [Wednesday]," said right wing Corey Perry, who scored the decisive shootout goal. "We had a meeting about it and really talked about what we have to do to succeed. We moved the puck, had chances."
Adding veteran depth
Reuniting with former Ducks goalie
Andersen can still make saves he has to -- like stopping Claude Giroux on the final shootout try -- but he's also allowing goals like the late Wayne Simmonds follow and has confronted 34 or more shots in five consecutive games.
"Like a pro golfer, if you have a bad shot, you can't dwell on it," Boudreau said. "You've got to go to the next shot, and Freddie does a good job of that."
But he could use a break, and with backups John Gibson and
Defenseman getting offensive
Whose breakout year is more surprising, Vatanen’s or forward
Vatanen's late second-period goal tied the score 3-3, another example of the 23-year-old displaying his sense of theater.