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via the Anaheim Ducks,
Ducks winger Matt Beleskey is out 2-4 weeks with an upper-body injury, and defenseman Sami Vatanen is out 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury, the team announced today.
Both injuries were suffered in the first period of Sunday night's 5-3 defeat to the Washington Capitals at Honda Center.
The 26-year-old Beleskey has a career-high 21 goals in 56 games with the Ducks this season, including an NHL-best eight game-winning goals.
The 23-year-old Vatanen has 12 goals and 22 assists in 57 games games this season. His 34 points lead all Ducks defensemen and rank him fourth on the team overall.
via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Ducks were already looking at the blue-line market, but now, with a minute-eating defenseman like Vatanen (third on team at 21:40 minutes per game) and a scorer like Beleskey (21 goals) gone for a while, I’m guessing Ducks general manager Bob Murray will look more aggressively to add a piece both on the back end and up front. There's no official announcement yet about exactly how long Vatanen and Beleskey will be out, but it doesn’t sound good.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Tyler Seguin, Rick Nash, Steven Stamkos, Vladimir Tarasenko, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Joe Pavelski, Alex Ovechkin, Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey. Those are your top 10 NHL goal-scoring leaders. One name doesn't quite fit with the others, right?
Beleskey scored his 14th goal of the season Wednesday night in Anaheim's 2-1 win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers. His previous career high was 11 goals back in 2009-2010, his first NHL season. Belesky scored nine goals last year, but he's on pace for 38 goals this season.
The 26-year-old has played on all four forward lines this season, although over the past month mostly in a top-six role. With Corey Perry out four weeks with a knee injury, the NHL-leading Ducks need Beleskey's surprising goal-scoring binge to continue.
read on for Burnside, Custance and Strang on Leafs/Wings...
You will see Beleskey's stick touch the left leg/toe of the goalie, not sure if there was enough call a two minute penalty for goalie interference or even waive off the goal.
added 9:36pm, My mistake, the call was actually on Beleskey for interference on the dman.
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: