SAN JOSE -- Corey Perry saw an official’s key call go against him, watched the
At a moment to crumble, Perry found resolve.
“We’ve got a game in hand still, we win that, it's back even,” Perry said following the
"There's a lot of hockey left," San Jose Coach Todd McLellan agreed.
The Ducks are strongly positioned to win every standings tiebreaker over the Blues and Sharks but first need to return to winning.
They’re 4-4-2 since the Olympic break with center
With just 12 games remaining, their good news is they start a nine-game stretch against
teams currently out of playoff position Sunday at the
Perry said the Ducks actually gained some valuable wisdom about how to beat the Sharks, among those establishing a defensive-first mind-set early that worked to perfection until defenseman
The Ducks have allowed a power-play goal in seven straight games.
Also, Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau praised goalie
let down by turnovers and rebounds as a 2-1 early third-period lead was washed away.
Perry wanted a goal that officials disallowed with 5:41 remaining. A Ducks’ shot struck the top of the net behind San Jose goalie
But an official whistled that Perry committed a high stick -- he vowed he didn’t, which replays validated -- and the
Instead of a 3-2 Ducks' lead, Burns was the hero and McLellan took delight his team "rose to
“Now that we’ve got a grasp of it, we can’t look back,” Sharks forward
The Ducks played without forward
They took comfort in that recent first-line addition
"They're a good team, we're a pretty good team, both going after something," Boudreau said.