What we learned from the Ducks' 4-1 victory in Winnipeg

What we learned from the Ducks' 4-1 victory in Winnipeg
The Ducks celebrate a goal by Jakob Silfverberg (No. 33) Saturday night in Winnipeg. At left is the Jets' Blake Wheeler. (John Woods / Associated Press)

Looking every bit like the team with the best record in the NHL, the Ducks on Saturday beat the Winnipeg Jets, 4-1.

On the road.


In the second game of a back-to-back.

Without leading scorer Corey Perry.

Shedding an extended run of one-goal wins that left them unsettled by the lack of killer instinct, the Ducks (21-6-5) won their seventh consecutive game and extended their Pacific Division lead to nine points.

Takeaway No. 1: The voice that resonated was Ryan Getzlaf's.

The captain spoke up after Friday's 4-2 victory in Edmonton, telling his teammates they have to be better with a lead, and reminded them again with a 3-1 advantage versus a big, fast, playoff-caliber Winnipeg team.

"Getzy just said before the third period, 'Let's learn from our mistakes, learn from what's happened to us in the past in giving up leads, let's control this lead,' " Ducks forward Tim Jackman said.

Takeaway No. 2: It helps to get a break.

Getzlaf said in a postgame interview that he had his head down and didn't see – masterfully played – but his second-period goal could've easily been taken away if an official had ruled Jackman's contact with Winnipeg goalie Michael Hutchinson was goaltender interference.

Hutchinson pleaded for a call in his favor to no avail after Jackman's right elbow hit the goalie's helmet.

The official "thought I was out a little bit far of my net and [Jackman] was trying to get in front of me," Hutchinson said afterward. "It's one of those things. He told me he was going to look at it on video and see. There's nothing you can do about it. Obviously, you can't review it on video.

"Getzlaf came in and made a good shot. Whether you can make the save or not, as a goalie, you just like having that chance to have an opportunity to make the save. I felt like their player kind of impeded my chance to make the save."

Takeaway No. 3: Jakob Silfverberg is feeling it.

The Ducks forward has three goals on his last 11 shots after struggling to get one goal in his first 71 shots.

"He might not score all the goals, but he's always in the right position," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He's a guy I trust. When I put him out there, I always think good things are going to happen."


Takeaway No. 4: Remember last year.

The Ducks, who have more seven-game winning streaks (five) since the beginning of last season than any other NHL team, took one of those strings to Toronto and were drubbed, 4-2.

After two days off, Anaheim's next game is at Toronto.