Key plays: Jamie McGinn and Ryan Kesler scored 1:16 apart in the opening minutes of the first period and the Ducks went on to take a 4-0 victory Friday from the Boston Bruins at the Honda Center. The win moved the Ducks within four points of the Pacific Division-leading Kings.
Pivotal performer: Team captain Ryan Getzlaf assisted on goals by McGinn and Hampus Lindholm to help the Ducks take a commanding 3-0 lead by the opening minute of the third period. Getzlaf has seven goals and 21 points in his past 19 games.
Between the pipes: Frederik Andersen returned to the Ducks’ net one game earlier than expected because John Gibson was too ill to play. It would have been Gibson’s turn to start in Boudreau’s two-on, two-off goalie rotation. Andersen made 38 saves for his fifth career shutout.
Quote, unquote: “They’re both playing good,” Boudreau said of deciding between Andersen and Gibson as his No. 1 goalie sooner rather than later. “I’m not sitting there marking, ‘Oh, this guy is better on this night, this guy is better on that night.’ They’re both playing exceptional. It’s something we don’t have to decide for another 3 ½ weeks yet. … It’s going to be a group decision.”
Familiar faces: Boudreau reunited The Twins, Getzlaf and Corey Perry, for Friday’s game. McGinn joined them on the Ducks’ top line. David Perron, Rickard Rakell and Brandon Pirri formed the second line. Rakell scored the Ducks’ fourth goal.