After watching a hot goalie stymie a comeback the last time out, the Anaheim Ducks weren't about to allow another quality crease performance undo a dominant effort.
Anaheim outshot the host Florida Panthers by a 41-24 margin, getting a late shorthanded goal by Andrew Cogliano to seal a 3-1 win Thursday night at BB&T Center.
"The last two games have been really encouraging, the way we've played. It just kept going after the first period, usually we've had a lull in the past and we didn't in the second, we didn't in the third. It's nice to see," said head coach Bruce Boudreau to Julie Stewart-Binks on Prime Ticket.
The 41 shots are a new season high for the Ducks, topping the previous high set in the preceding game against the Predators. Anaheim out-attempted Florida 47-37 at even strength with a 23-15 scoring chance edge and 11-8 high danger advantage. Two of the three goals came on special teams, with a power play and short handed goal in addition to an empty netter.
"We played great in Nashville, just didn't get the result we wanted. We said we've got to keep building on this, and that's what we did today. We stuck with it for a full 60 and won the game, obviously that's huge," said Jakob Silfverberg to Stewart-Binks.
The Ducks dominated the opening two periods, but Roberto Luongo was equal to nearly everything in net for the Panthers. Luongo made 16 saves in the first period, but had his most impressive as one of 16 in the second denying Silfverberg on a clear breakaway from center ice shorthanded snatching it off the top shelf with his trapper. The Panther netminder finished with 38 stops for the game.
Anaheim finally got the break through in the late stages of the second period with Jaromir Jagr in the box following his second minor of the game. Cam Fowler took a pass from Corey Perry at the near point, skating below to top of the circle and letting a snap shot go that found its way through traffic and between the wickets for a 1-0 with 4:21 remaining in the second.
"I kinda got slashed at the last second, didn't get all I wanted on the shot but I was lucky enough to fool him. It was a good play by Pears on the entry, and a good power play goal for us," Fowler said to Stewart-Binks.
Having controlled play for much of the game, the Ducks took advantage of a break while on the penalty kill late in the third period. After the puck hopped a Panther defenseman at the Ducks blue line, Shawn Horcoff and Cogliano broke in two-on-one and Cogliano finished a beautiful cross-slot saucer pass to make it 2-0.
Aleksander Barkov brought it back within one with 3:52 to go, but Silfverberg scored his first of the season into an empty net off a solid hustle play from Ryan Getzlaf winning a race up the near side boards to seal the scoreline.
Frederik Andersen had a bounce back effort as well, making 23 saves to earn his fourth win of the season to help Anaheim improve to 7-9-4 on the season.
The Ducks complete their road trip Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 4 PM PT.