In a post-game summation with the needle on his intensity meter still cranked high, Ryan Kesler offered one perspective on a night that turned out right — even if he didn't get the chance to avenge a heavy hit from Niklas Kronwall by challenging the big blueliner to a third-period fight.

"It always feels good to get a win against those guys personally and team wise," said Kesler. "Bragging rights for next summer, right? We played fast and got in on a couple of their older defencemen to make them turn it over so, yeah, it feels good."