Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t exactly reach into his bag of tricks to find a way to keep Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel off the scoresheet in a 1-0 victory Wednesday at the Honda Center.
“I just put Kesler on him,” Boudreau said, referring to checking-line center Ryan Kesler, who shadowed Eichel. “He seems to do the job against everybody. He makes it tough for those guys to play. He’s so good at reading the game. He’s got a tremendously high hockey IQ. He’s big and can skate and is physical. He’s been playing against everybody’s top line and he’s been doing a good job.
“He gets McDavid on Friday and then he gets Kopitar on Sunday.”
The Ducks face Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers on Friday and then Anze Kopitar and the Kings on Sunday, as Kesler’s workload won’t ease in the least.