Even a hugely talented class needs a scolding every so often. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau watched his team slipping, turning a potential blowout against an Eastern Conference minnow into a fast-and-loose game. Fine for pond hockey but not an NHL stretch run. Boudreau called a timeout after the struggling Florida Panthers scored twice and pulled within a goal at the 10:00 mark in the second period and issued some stern reminders. It wasn't quite the Socratic method, but it worked and the Ducks needed 55 seconds after the timeout to score and then cruised, winning, 6-2, on Sunday night at Honda Center. "It wasn't yelling, screaming at the timeout," Boudreau said of the message on the bench after the Ducks' lead was cut to 3-2. "It was just, starting playing the right way. We were so loose. It was like a shinny game for a while." Ten players factored into the scoring for Anaheim, which drew within a point of first-place San Jose in the Pacific division. Captain Ryan Getzlaf, who had a goal and two assists, became the third player in franchise history to score 600 points as a Duck, joining his new linemate, Teemu Selanne, and the retired Paul Kariya. "I didn't know it until after but it's one of those things, it's another step along the way here, playing in one organization," Getzlaf said. "That's a nice thing to be in, pretty good company when I get with those guys." Getzlaf also hit the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career. Selanne had a goal and an assist for his first multi-point game since Jan. 15 against Vancouver. Corey Perry scored once — an incredible second effort, down on his knees — and added an assist. Ducks forward Patrick Maroon opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 11:57 of the first period and later added an assist for his first career multi-point game. He ended up leaving the game with a lower-body injury, but Boudreau indicated it was more precautionary than anything else.
Ryan Getzlaf joins elite group as Ducks rout Panthers, 6-2
Los Angeles Times | Mar 24