Nick Ritchie made a direct impact in the Ducks’ 4-2 win over Boston on Wednesday by assisting on Kevin Roy’s first NHL goal and then scoring his own.

That is the kind of impact the Ducks want to see. More often. Until then, Ritchie had been much more noticeable in the amount of visits he made to the penalty box and it has been a conversation Ducks coach Randy Carlyle has had with him “more than once.”

A late penalty on Wednesday was Ritchie’s 10th minor taken but the breakout game represented progress after a stagnant opening few weeks.

“Obviously, you’re frustrated but it’s still early in the season,” Ritchie said. “I don’t think you play all 82 games and the playoffs where you’re playing your best or feeling your best or whatever that is. You try to do it every day, but if you’re just contributing any way you can, I think that’s important.

“It’s nice to contribute like that. But you try to go out and play the same way and hope the team wins. That’s what is most important.”

In a way, Ritchie has been a work in progress as he is now into his third season. There have been bright moments – the brightest is his Game 7 game-winner against Edmonton last spring – but the Ducks have been looking for something sustainable.