There is pleasing your bosses on the first week of the new job and then there is what Dan Winnik is doing to ingratiate himself with the Ducks. Full of grit and sandpaper as they say in hockey, Winnik has the Midas touch right now as the winger scored two more goals in the Ducks' 5-4 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night for their second in as many games to start the season. A five-year veteran of three previous teams, Winnik has four goals in the two contests to join Marian Hossa atop the NHL. His 41 career goals say that he's no natural scorer but he's doing it now. "I told you he's on a 96-goal pace," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He's done nothing to stop it. Just keep him going." Winnik finished a first-period outburst with a shot that went in off Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman and then broke a 3-3 tie when he managed to work a loose puck over the goal line behind goalie Miikka Kiprusoff. The goals have been the highlight of a new third line with Saku Koivu and Andrew Cogliano that has found instant chemistry. Koivu also scored but Winnik became the first player to begin his Ducks career with two multi-goal efforts. "The goals tonight definitely weren't pretty," he said. "I was even kind of chuckling on the last one. It goes off my skate and kind of just barely gets over the line. Great start for the line more importantly and the team."
It's still Winnik's time with the Ducks
Orange County Register | Jan 22