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Getting Your Ducks On a Roll

Tuesday, 01.17.2012 / 10:30 AM
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Ducks Off the Ice by Adam Brady
Getting Your Ducks On a Roll

"You've got something in your hair, Bob."
So, how was your three-day weekend? Maybe you took a mini-vacation, maybe you got some rest and relaxation, maybe you finally threw that Christmas tree in the dumpster.

The Anaheim Ducks, on the other hand, played some of their best hockey of the season, and pieced together the type of streak we have been awaiting for months.

The Ducks pulled off a triumphant three-game voyage through Western Canada, winning their fifth game in the last six in the process, and coming within a whisker in Calgary of owning a six-game win streak. And they saved their best win for last, a convincing 4-2 victory Sunday night over the defending Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks (back near the top of the conference once again). That win -- in the Canucks' barn, no less -- came two nights after the Ducks routed Edmonton 5-0 in their building (notable for a team that had only three road wins in the season's first half.)

In both wins, the Ducks did it with a stingy defense in front of Jonas Hiller making pretty much all the saves they needed him to make. Meanwhile, the Ducks are pouring in goals at the other end. "I looked up in the second period with five minutes to go and said, Holy crap, they only had five shots on goal." Boudreau said of the Vancouver game. "This is unheard of for the Canucks. So I was really proud of them.

"It was the same thing in Calgary, when they had six shots at the end of two periods. If you keep it up, I'll start to think it's not luck anymore."

For the Ducks, it's the kind of win streak (or points streak) we knew they had in them. We just expected it in November or December. As it is, they're still 14th in the West with a 15-22-7 record. But they're 5-1-1 since the return of Jason Blake (maybe a coincidence,  maybe not). They're unbeaten in regulation since George Parros chopped off his hair at his Cut for the Kids event on January 5 (definitely a coincidence).

The Blake stat seems less of a coincidence after the game the 38-year-old Blake turned in Sunday night, scoring two goals and adding an assist. He also had a goal among the five Friday night in Edmonton.

"It was a great night for our hockey club," Blake said. "We know how important it is for us to move forward. We've got to take care of ourselves. I think right now we can't look at the standings.

"The only way we can keep this going is it's up to us in this room."

The Ducks, like a lot of us, got a well-deserved day off yesterday (well-deserved for them, not necessarily us.)

Today they get after it again at Honda Center, preparing for a three-game home stretch that starts with Phoenix tomorrow and continues with a rare home back-to-back this weekend against Ottawa and Colorado.

"We're jumping on it," Boudreau said. "We're hoping it's springing us. It's something where we think we've gotten better every game. To give up three goals on this trip and to start scoring four and five goals a game ... We're a long ways away. But we're making headway."

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 49 31 16 2 155 113 64
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
11 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 49 15 35 7 50
C. Perry 35 19 13 13 32
R. Kesler 50 13 19 -3 32
S. Vatanen 50 10 20 3 30
M. Beleskey 49 19 7 11 26
P. Maroon 42 6 19 1 25
C. Fowler 49 5 18 2 23
H. Lindholm 49 5 16 12 21
J. Silfverberg 50 6 13 2 19
R. Rakell 39 5 12 2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 7 5 .918 2.27
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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