Ducks make it seven wins in a row with 4-1 victory over Jets

Written By kolimtiga on Minggu, 14 Desember 2014 | 12.56

All of those tasks that have been so laborious for the Ducks lately became routine work in their 4-1 victory Saturday over the Winnipeg Jets.

The trouble with putting teams away? Did it by short-handed goal, no less.

The exhausting 18th consecutive game by goalie Frederik Andersen? He stopped 27 of 28 shots, and let nothing past him in the final 48-plus minutes.

And Jakob Silfverberg's painful search for a goal after notching only one through 71 shots? His goal Saturday was his third in his last 11 tries at the net.

"He's on fire," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said.

So is NHL points leader Anaheim (21-6-5), which has won seven games in row, the franchise's fifth such streak since the beginning of last season.

"We stayed on 'em, didn't back off, didn't have that five-to-seven-minute lull tonight — pretty close to a complete game for us," Ducks forward Tim Jackman said.

The Ducks were even beneficiaries of the most generous officiating decision of the night, a no-call on Jackman for delivering a right elbow to the head of Winnipeg goalie Michael Hutchinson just as the go-ahead goal by center Ryan Getzlaf sailed to the net.

"I buried my head and shot it, didn't even see what happened," Getzlaf said of his 10th goal, which was set up by Patrick Maroon's 12th assist.

Said Jackman: "Just trying to jump through [Hutchinson] before Getzlaf shot the puck, [to create] a blind spot for a quick second. It looked like the puck was in before, and I was outside the crease. Big goal for us."

The energy advantage Winnipeg might have possessed since the Ducks arrived at 3 a.m. Central time following a Friday night 4-2 win in Edmonton vanished in the Ducks' three-goal second period.

After the Jets (15-10-6) took a 1-0 lead, the Ducks answered when Silfverberg scorched a shot with two seconds remaining in a power play.

After Getzlaf gave the Ducks the lead, the Jets had two power plays to attempt a response, but Andersen made a point-blank stop on Adam Lowry.

Then, Hutchinson came far out of goal to retrieve a puck and lost control, with Getzlaf taking possession and scooting a pass to center Nate Thompson, who made it 3-1 with a short-handed goal.

Andrew Cogliano's empty-net goal with 1:15 left in the game provided the final margin.

"We recognized what happened" in nearly squandering leads to last-place Edmonton in the past two games, Getzlaf said. "You're going to have those things you've got to learn from, and that's what pushes you through."

Andersen's resilience in back-to-back games included surviving a near goal by Lowry early in the third period that hit both posts but didn't cross the goal line.

"Mentally being sharp, that's the biggest part of playing every single night," Andersen said. "That double post … you get a little luck sometimes."

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