Even by the standards of the drama-prone Ducks, this registered high, and on different scales.
First, there were the regular-season franchise-record-tying 51 saves for goalie John Gibson, on a career-high 54 shots faced. Mixed in was a mysterious sequence when Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle pulled Gibson in the second period, only to send him back out.
Underlining all that was Ryan Kesler’s first hat trick as a Duck, three goals in the opening 22 minutes, and even that wasn’t enough to guarantee victory on a night when the Ducks’ defense looked like it was still on holiday.
But from that mess emerged a 4-3 Ducks shootout win Sunday against the...