For a team that has become perhaps the NHL's best story this season, even these story lines played out neatly.
Jamie McGinn scored in his Ducks debut to shake the team out of a sluggish start. Corey Perry, left off Canada's preliminary roster for the World Cup, scored to tie it in the third period.
So it naturally followed that goalie John Gibson sealed a 3-2 shootout win against Montreal at Honda Center. Gibson, named to North America's under-23 team, stopped Max Pacioretty after Jakob Silfverberg scored the only goal.
“Found a way,” Perry said. “You've got to give a lot of credit [to Montreal]. They played hard. They played quick. They played with a lot of emotion....