Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle knew his team wouldn’t be lighting up the scoreboard when he returned to Anaheim before this season.
Several pieces went out the door through free agency and were not replaced because of salary-cap restrictions. This is not the run-and-gun team that led the NHL in scoring three seasons ago.
But the Ducks followed Carlyle’s blueprint Wednesday in a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues, grinding it out through defense, goaltending and special teams.
“It’s easy to understand,” Carlyle said. “We’re not going to win the 5-4 game. We haven’t been able to generate enough offense. We knew that five on five, if we could be stout...