If there was anything that you can say the Anaheim Ducks’ needed to do better, was increased production out of the secondary players.
The Perry-Penner-Getzlaf line has been great, arguably the best line in hockey right now, but at times the team has struggled to get scoring from the rest of the lineup. Nick Bonino is starting to grow into that role, but despite the team’s success, more is needed.
When the Ducks acquired Jakob Silfverberg from the Ottawa Senators in the Bobby Ryan trade, expectations weren’t that he would give the same contribution that Ryan did right away, but the former Swedish Elite League MVP could provide just what they needed – secondary scoring.
Silfverberg didn’t wait around to make his presence known, scoring four goals in his first four games, but went quiet for the next seven games with just two assists in that span before going down October 25 against the Senators with a broken hand.
Almost two months later, Silfverberg returned to the lineup last night and again, didn’t take long to make his presence known. With the Ducks trailing the Red Wings, Silfverberg put in a Francois Beauchemin’s slap shot that ricocheted off of the lively Joe Louis Arena boards and right to Jakob’s stick.
We saw in the pregame skate that the boards are pretty crazy. The pucks come out almost like a one-time pass. I saw that Beauch [Beauchemin] took a shot and I spun around and the puck came right to me.
All though his score only tied the goal, Head Coach Bruce Boudreau noted Silfverberg’s marker as the fuel the team needed to start their offensive explosion.
Silfverberg and the Ducks continue their Eastern Conference road trip against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.