Best & Worst
Best: Ducks Resiliency
With the win tonight, the Ducks mark the first time this season that they have won after giving up the first goal. Even more impressive is that they did it down a man with juggled forward lines following the injury to Cramarossa. It took goals from three of the Ducks hottest players right now, but they clawed back and outlasted a late surge from the Devils.
Worst: NJ Offense
Not that it was bad necessarily, but lacking. The absence of Mike Cammalleri and especially Taylor Hall was duly noted tonight. New Jersey relied on turnovers and sporadic scoring chances to keep up pressure but this game could have been much different had you had Taylor Hall on some of those breakaways. The Ducks took advantage of these depletions all night and consistency had the Devils pinned in their own zone or caught chasing a Ducks cycle game.
Best: Ryan Kesler
With 6 goals in his last 6 games, and a now team-leading 8 goals, Ryan Kesler came to play tonight. His game winning goal was purely the result of hard work. He was flying around the ice all night, great defensively, and finished winning 68% of his face-offs. A lot of fans have been concerned as to what point in his contract will Kesler’s play drop off, but it doesn’t seem to be any time soon.
Best: Jonathan Bernier
Bernier got his 3rd straight win tonight and has proven to be a solid back-up. He finished the night with a .931% making 29 saves. He has looked calm and professional while still making big saves when he had to. On a Bruce Boudreau coached team, I’m pretty sure that Bernier would have already replaced Gibson as the starter.
Kyle Quincey - One of New Jersey’s most dangerous players all night, Quincey assisted on their first goal and put one of his own in a few minutes later. Quincey continued to be a threat all night with a few good chances coming late during the Devil’s surge.
Jacob Silfverberg - Silfverberg scored the game tying goal to give him his 6th goal in the last 6 games. Silfverberg’s goal came at a crucial moment late in the 2nd 16 seconds after Rakell had gotten the team back in the game. The momentum swing going into the locker room at the end of the 2nd was all due to the game being tied up and not down two, which it very well could have been.
Ryan Kesler - Also scoring his 6th goal in his last 6 games, Kesler brought his total to 8 in his last 11 games. Kelser also continued to dominate in the face-off circle going 21 for 31 on the night. The Cogliano-Kesler-Silfverberg line is one of the hottest in hockey right now.