Key play: Ryan Kesler scored a shorthanded goal 10 seconds into the third period, converting on a centering pass from teammate Jakob Silfverberg, and the Ducks went on to take a 3-1 victory Sunday from the Dallas Stars at the Honda Center.
Playoff update: The Ducks (44-24-10, 98 points) leapfrogged the idle Kings (46-27-5, 97 points) and moved into first place in the Pacific Division. The teams each have four regular-season games remaining, including a showdown Thursday against each other at Staples Center.
Pivotal performer: Center Nate Thompson scored his third goal in as many games, beating Stars goaltender Antti Niemi on a breakaway while the Ducks were shorthanded in the second period. Thompson intercepted a pass from Stars defenseman John Klingberg and skated in alone.
Milestone moment: Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano played in his 700 th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the NHL. Cogliano’s streak also is the sixth-longest streak in league history. Doug Jarvis set the Ironman standard with 964 consecutive games played between 1975 and 1987.
Quote, unquote: “It was our best game in a month,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We were a pretty determined group. We knew what their strengths were. I thought we put together a good game plan and the players executed it really well.”
Injury update: Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen sat out for the second game because of a concussion. Boudreau said Andersen took shots during a morning workout. John Gibson started his fourth consecutive game and Anton Khudobin served as his backup.
Here’s what Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg said after scoring two goals in an 8-3 victory Wednesday over the Calgary Flames, which moved the Ducks past the idle Kings and into first place in the Pacific Division: “It’s always good. With the start we had (1-7-2 in October), no one expected us to be where we’re at right now. We’ve been doing some good things lately. We’ve been playing good hockey. There’s a big benefit to being first.”
Jakob Silfverberg became the 17th different player in Ducks history to record a hat trick with his first three-goal game in the NHL in a 7-1 victory Monday over the New Jersey Devils at the Honda Center. It also was the first hat trick by a Duck not named Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry since Andrew Cogliano’s three-goal game March 2, 2013 against the Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes.
Key play: Left wing Andrew Cogliano ignited a four-goal second-period outburst by scoring at the 32-second mark and the Ducks took a 7-1 victory Monday from the New Jersey Devils at the Honda Center. The Ducks remained two points behind the first-place Kings in the Pacific Division.
Pivotal performer: Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg scored three goals and added an assist for his first hat trick and four-point game in the NHL. He had two goals and one assist during the pivotal second period, helping the Ducks take a commanding 4-1 lead.
Quote, unquote: “I think we’re a great checking line, but we have the skill to score goals, too,” Silfverberg said after he scored three times, and Cogliano and Kesler scored once apiece and each had two assists. “It’s great for the confidence. It’s good for all three of us. … It’s was a fun night.”
Between the pipes: Frederik Andersen started in goal for the Ducks as coach Bruce Boudreau stuck to his two games on, two games off rotation. Andersen made 24 saves. John Gibson is expected to play Wednesday against the New York Rangers.
Milestone moment: Boudreau won his 200th game as Ducks coach, reaching the mark faster than any other in team history. Boudreau is 200-100-38 during four-plus seasons as coach. Randy Carlyle holds the record for most victories as Ducks coach with 273 in 516 games.
Injury updates: Defenseman Kevin Bieksa didn’t play because of a lower-body injury suffered during the Ducks’ 5-2 loss Friday to the St. Louis Blues. Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen sat out for the second game because of an upper-body injury.
Key play: Jakob Silfverberg scored the only goal in a shootout as the Ducks extended their winning streak to nine consecutive games with a 3-2 victory Wednesday over the Montreal Canadiens at the Honda Center. The Ducks also tied the first-place Kings with 78 points.
Pivotal performer: Canadiens left wing Alex Galchenyuk scored twice to help Montreal take a 2-1 lead 56 seconds into the third period, his 18th and 19th goals of the season. He also scored in the second to give the Canadiens a 1-0 advantage at 4:25.
Smashing debut: Left wing Jamie McGinn scored in his Ducks debut, a second-period goal from point-blank range that tied the score 1-all at 14:28. McGinn played on a line with center Rickard Rakell and right win Corey Perry. He was credited with four shots in 15:35 of ice time.
Quote, unquote: “It’s definitely good to get it out of the way quick,” McGinn said of scoring his first goal with the Ducks after a trade Monday from the Buffalo Sabres. “You don’t want it to take too long. You want to feel part of the team right away and contribute any way you can.”
Between the pipes: John Gibson started for the Ducks for the second consecutive game after he was in goal for a 4-2 victory Sunday over the Kings. Frederik Andersen is expected to play Thursday against the Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz., with Gibson likely back to face the Kings on Saturday.
Lineup shuffle: Ducks defenseman Simon Despres couldn’t play because of an illness. Clayton Stoner replaced him, returning to the lineup for the first time since Jan. 15. He sat out 14 games because of a hip flexor injury and was a healthy scratch for four more contests.
Key play: Right wing Corey Perry completed a tic-tac-toe passing play to give the Ducks a four-goal lead en route to a 4-2 victory Friday over the Dallas Stars at the Honda Center. Perry scored his team-leading 17th goal, with assists to defenseman Shea Theodore and center Ryan Getzlaf.
Pivotal performers: Right wing Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist as the Ducks took a 4-0 lead in the first period, continuing the recent fine play of his line. Silfverberg skated with center Ryan Kesler, who had an assist, and left wing Carl Hagelin, who also had an assist.
Quote, unquote: “I think our line, we’re very good defensively, but we should have the skill to score some goals,” Silfverberg said. “Lately, we’ve been finding some opportunities and putting some pucks in the net. I feel like this is a step in the right direction. If we keep playing like this we’re going to be a dangerous line.”
Milestone moment: The Ducks’ penalty-killing unit broke a franchise record by successfully killing off its 33rd shorthanded situation in a row, blanking the Stars for the second time in the game, after defenseman Josh Manson was whistled for roughing in the second period.
Between the pipes: Frederik Andersen started in goal for the second consecutive game for the Ducks after he was in net for a 4-1 victory Wednesday over the Ottawa Senators. The Ducks eased Andersen’s burden by building a four-goal lead in the first period against the Stars. Andersen stopped 22 shots.
Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg scored in the shootout Friday against the St. Louis Blues, helping his team to a 4-3 victory at the Honda Center. He is 3 for 4 this season in the shootout and 17 for 27 (63 percent) in his career, the best shooting efficiency in NHL history for players with a minimum of 15 attempts.
“I’ve basically been doing the same move for a long time,” he said of aiming for the upper portion of the right side of the net. “If it’s a good enough shot, I think it’s going to beat the goalie. If you shoot it quick enough, it’s going to be there.”
Key play: Left wing Rickard Rakell’s power-play goal with three seconds remaining in the first period capped a wild scramble for the puck and gave the Ducks a two goal-lead en route to a 4-0 victory Monday over the Vancouver Canucks at the Honda Center.
Pivotal performer: Jakob Silfverberg skated down the right wing and then sent a laser into the back of the Canucks’ net to give the Ducks a 3-0 lead exactly one minute into the third period. Rookie left wing Nick Ritchie assisted on the goal for his first NHL point in his eighth game in the league.
Between the pipes: John Gibson started for the Ducks for the third consecutive game in place of Frederik Andersen, who was sidelined by an illness for several days. Gibson made 25 saves for his third career shutout, his second against Vancouver. He blanked the Canucks 3-0 in his NHL debut April 7, 2014 at Vancouver. Ryan Miller started for the Canucks, but was replaced by Jacob Markstrom after Corey Perry’s third-period goal made it 4-0.
Quote, unquote: “We scored early, which was important,” Ducks center Ryan Kesler said. “Our power play got one late (in the first period). I think every asset of our game was pretty good tonight. I don’t think we had a full 60 tonight, but I thought we played well for a full 60. We played good enough to win.”
Injury updates: Ducks left wing Patrick Maroon suffered a raspberry when he was struck in the side by the skate of Vancouver’s Jared McCann in the third period. Center Nate Thompson (shoulder) and left wing Jiri Sekac (ankle) participated in the Ducks’ morning skate. Thompson completed a weekend conditioning assignment with San Diego of the AHL. Sekac’s return to the lineup could take a while longer. He hasn’t been cleared for full contact.
Here is the full statement Thursday from the San Jose Sharks’ Raffi Torres:
“I accept the 41-game suspension handed down to me by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. I worked extremely hard over the last two years following reconstructive knee surgery to resume my NHL career, and this is the last thing I wanted to happen. I am disappointed I have put myself in a position to be suspended again. I sincerely apologize to Jakob for the hit that led to this suspension, and I’m extremely thankful that he wasn’t seriously injured as a result of the play. I also want to apologize to my Sharks teammates and the organization.”
Per the Ducks, Silfverberg practiced with the team for the first time since Torres’ first-period hit in last Saturday’s exhibition forced him from the game. Silfverberg is expected to play in Saturday’s regular-season opener at San Jose.
Here’s a link to the explanation from the NHL’s department of player safety: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=840482&lang=en.