Just when you thought the Ducks were incapable of blowing anyone out, a 7-2 win over the worst team in the league comes three days after a 6-2 win over the second-worst team in the league. The sort of results you’d expect from a playoff-bound team — also the sort that builds confidence along with a fifth straight victory.
The win leaves the Ducks in seventh place in the Western Conference standings (80 points), at least until the eighth-place Oilers (79 points) play the Phoenix Coyotes tomorrow.
They also managed to spread the wealth rather well: Corey Perry scored twice and Erik Christensen, Teemu Selanne, Andrew Ebbett, Rob Niedermayer and Petteri Nokelainen scored once each. Playing time also was dispensed liberally late in the blowout, which was good news for workhorse defensemen Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer; both played fewer than 20 minutes.