What we learned from the
The Ducks like drama
They've played 26 one-goal games this season and are 20-0-6 in those contests. Of their last 19 victories, 17 have been decided by one goal.
“We try not to, but right now that’s what we’re getting, and we’ll take those two points,” said defenseman
Coach Bruce Boudreau expects his team to be involved in many more tight games. "The teams we play, this next batch of teams, and the last batch, they're good teams. So you know they're going to be one-goal games," he said.
"We're getting the best games from a lot of teams. So I'll take the one-goal games because in the April-May-June time, one-goal games are what it is. If we get better at it and we feel comfortable at it, then good for us."
The Swedish winger scored on Nashville goaltender
Kesler makes the Ducks a better team in many ways
They acquired him from Vancouver to better compete against teams like the Kings and Chicago Blackhawks, who are strong up the middle, and he has done what they asked. He should have had an assist on the Ducks’ first goal Sunday, since he took the puck from Filip Forsberg on a play that
Kesler won 10 of 15 faceoffs Sunday, was +1 defensively, played a team-high four minutes and six seconds while the Ducks were shorthanded and led the team's forwards with 22 minutes and 33 seconds of ice time.
The Predators are a formidable team
Nashville will cause a lot of problems for a lot of opponents. They're big, strong, fast, and still solid in their defensive zone even though new Coach Peter Laviolette has opened things up offensively. But they did fail to protect third-period leads against the Kings on Saturday — the Predators eventually won, 7-6, in overtime — and against the Ducks on Sunday, the second time paying the price in defeat.