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The Anaheim Ducks lost the services of goaltender Frederik Andersen on a strange play, and Matt Beleskey suffered a "lower-body injury," but the Ducks stared a potential 3-games-to-none deficit in the face and came up winners, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Thursday night. A solid relief performance from Jonas Hiller in goal and some smart decisions played big factors in the win, as ESPN's Pierre LeBrun noted:
Ben Lovejoy desperately wanted to dish it off to Andrew Cogliano. But with that passing lane closed, he did about the last thing he ever wanted: He shot the puck. He of nine career regular-season goals whistled it top shelf on Jonathan Quick, no less; a dagger of a goal which stood up as the winner for the Anaheim Ducks on a night that had a little bit of everything.
"Easily No. 1," Lovejoy chuckled when asked where that goal stood in his career. "I don't score many goals. So they're all very, very, very special. But that was the first [fist] pump of my life, the first celebration, I hope I did it right. But it was an emotional goal and a big win for this team."
Knowing that a loss would dig a series hole every team wants to avoid, the Ducks showed a lot of moxie Thursday night in a gritty performance that needed all kinds of contributors.
"We all know being down 3-0 to the Kings wouldn't be a situation nice to be in," captain Ryan Getzlaf said after the Ducks' 3-2 win that cut the Kings' series lead to 2-1. "The guys did a great job responding tonight and getting back to where we need to be."
LeBrun continues, and NHL.com posted both a "recap" video...
And a highlight clip:
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
What was interesting about the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2, comeback win over the Edmonton Oilers is that the goalie of record for the Ducks, Frederik Andersen, won for the 19th time and pushed his save percentage to an impressive .925 in 26 appearances.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau has been resting starter Jonas Hiller after a period of uneven play following the Olympics, giving Andersen three straight starts, all victories. The 24-year-old rookie from Herning, Denmark, stopped 30 of 32 against the Oilers as the Ducks moved to within a point of the St. Louis Blues for top spot in the Western Conference.
Now, everyone expects Hiller will reassume the starting role no matter where the Ducks end up in the standings or who they face in the first round. Still, our guess is that Andersen has endeared himself to his teammates and the coaching staff in a way that if Hiller wobbles Boudreau won't hesitate to make a switch.
read on for Custance on the Kings, LeBrun on Patrice Bergeron and Strang on the Red Wings...