Finding a way to win, and to hold onto a lead, is something the
Anaheim is now 15-0-5 in one-goal games this season, with 12 consecutive wins within the category and five straight victories overall.
“Obviously, there’s areas of our games we need to improve.... I didn’t think we played our best,” Ducks center
"We played well enough to win tonight … beared down and finished the game right."
Duo continues to dazzle
Kesler and forward
The Ducks won 43 of 64 faceoffs, with Kesler winning 16 of 21, scoring the goal and helping his team kill two penalties while his defense helped limit Edmonton to 22 shots.
Beleskey, now tied with injured Corey Perry with a team-high 14 goals, gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the first period off a backward pass by teammate
"Get it between the slots, I've got to shoot it and score," Beleskey said. "The way we closed it out in the third was well done."
It was Andersen's stout play as a rookie last season, finishing 20-5, that encouraged the Ducks to trade goalie Viktor Fasth to Edmonton.
So with Fasth in the Oilers' net in Andersen's 16th consecutive game due to injuries, he gave no room for what-ifs.
Andersen finished only a third-period lost puck by defenseman Josh Manson away from his first shutout in the stretch.
"Huge, he makes the big save at the right time," Kesler said. "He's been our best player on most nights. To be a good team in this league, you need goaltending."
The Ducks center has returned from his minor-league demotion intent not to go back down.
Rakell played an energetic 17 minutes and 15 seconds Wednesday, taking four shots and delivering three hits with an assist on the Beleskey goal in which he calmly handled a puck that glanced off his skate.
“We’re all dying [for him] to score his first goal soon,” Ducks Coach
Time for improvement
They'll need to be better than this as a five-game trip to Canada (Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa) begins Friday.
Boudreau’s spin began with a focus on Edmonton, which lags behind everyone in the