Rickard Rakell never lost his swagger. Hampus Lindholm found his. And Jonathan Bernier continued his stinginess against the San Jose Sharks.
The confluence of trends resulted in a 3-2 win Friday as the Ducks moved into first place in the Pacific Division, ahead of the Edmonton Oilers with two games in hand.
Here’s what we learned:
Rakell balances out the Ducks’ lines
Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said, “There’s a huge comfort zone” with the line of Rakell, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, and it’s easy to see why.
Not only does the trio open up space for each other, the dynamic also allows the Ducks to put Nick...