Ben Lovejoy didn’t dare glance at Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. He didn’t make a sound while sitting on the bench after the Edmonton Oilers pulled goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov for a sixth skater to set up a rare 6-on-3 situation late Friday night at the Honda Center. Lovejoy was pleased to have scored two goals in the Ducks’ 5-2 victory over the Oilers. He would have been satisfied with one. Three would have been an embarrassment of riches for a defensive-minded defenseman who doesn’t rely on scoring goals to earn his paycheck. “It was awesome to get one,” Lovejoy said. “Someone asked if I was disappointed they didn’t put me out there for the 6-on-3. I was not. All I could have done was to mess it up. It was a very special night. I was happy with two.” Lovejoy tied the score 2-2 with a blistering shot that beat Bryzgalov at 17 minutes, 12 seconds of the first period. Saku Koivu set up the play by charging into the Oilers’ zone along the right wing and then passing the puck to a trailing Lovejoy. A little more than two minutes later, Lovejoy put the Ducks ahead 3-2 with a shot from almost an identical spot. This time, defense partner Cam Fowler led the break-in along right wing before stopping and feeding the puck to Lovejoy for another laser. It’s not often that a defenseman who looks primarily to pass the puck, check opposing forwards and clear the front of goaltender Jonas Hiller’s net is surrounded by reporters. But there was a smiling Lovejoy talking at length about making an impact on the game by scoring goals.
Defenseman Ben Lovejoy’s offensive outburst sends Ducks past Oilers
L.A. Daily News | Jan 4