Another win, a different way for the
After an offensive explosion in each of their previous four games, they worked out a 1-0 win against Buffalo behind
Among their many second-half superlatives, the Ducks own the
Here's what we learned:
The goalie competition is in back in full swing. Andersen got the start after John Gibson won the previous two games. The two have essentially split the decisions since Christmas, with Andersen 10-0-2 and Gibson 10-4-0.
"We have a great goalie duo right now," Vatanen said. "It helps for the D-men. If we make mistakes there, we know they're going to back us up. It's fun to see those guys playing there and winning some hockey games for us."
The defensemen are a big part of the Ducks' turnaround. Vatanen's goal gave Anaheim 17 goals in 26 games by defensemen since Christmas. Before Christmas, they had 12 by defensemen in the first 33 games of the season.
Vatanen turned in one of his clutch games. Besides his goal, he made a key block with his back turned on a
"When he's playing good, it adds to the offense and defense," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "For a little guy, he competes with anybody."
Jack Eichel was still impressive. Eichel, the second pick of last year’s draft, had two shots and lost 13 of 16 faceoffs, mostly going against
Kesler and the Ducks will see last year's No. 1 pick, Connor McDavid of Edmonton, on Friday.