Two nights after completing the largest comeback in franchise history, the Anaheim Ducks were at it again.
After falling behind 2-0 to the Edmonton Oilers, the Ducks scored three unasnwered goals, two by Corey Perry, to take down the Oilers 3-2 at Honda Center Wednesday night.
The victory gives the Ducks their 50th win of the season and puts them three points ahead of the San Jose Sharks for first place in the Pacific Division.
The Sharks were idle Wednesday night.
Frederik Andersen held down the fort in the final 1:21 to assure the Ducks a huge two points in the Pacific Division race. He finished with 30 saves.
Perry would get the ball rolling for the Ducks as he started the third period off with a bang. Immediately following Jordan Eberle‘s goal to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead, Perry’s snipe past Fasth was his 40th tally on the season and pumped some life into the flailing Ducks.
Eight minutes later, Perry added another to the tie the game. Stephane Robidas, the hero of Monday night’s comeback, threw the puck on goal and Perry deflected it past his former teammate.
Perry would then get his third point of the night by assisting on Beauchemin’s game-winning goal.
It was another rough start for the Ducks. In Monday’s win, Anaheim fell behind 4-0 to the Winnipeg Jets only to come back and win 5-4. Tonight, the Ducks had to overcome a two-goal deficit to beat the Oilers.
The Oilers struck again to begin the third period as Eberle scored his 26th of the season to put Edmonton up 2-0. Things looked bleak for the Ducks at that point, but Perry took over and guided Anaheim to a huge come-from-behind win.
Anaheim (50-18-8) will stay at Honda Center Friday night as it takes on the Nashville Predators. Nashville (33-32-11) will be the seventh non-playoff team in a row on the Ducks’ schedule.
With a 5-0-1 record in their past six, the Ducks have taken advantage of the generous schedule. However, ugly starts have nearly doomed Bruce Boudreau‘s squad.
If the Ducks want to hold on to the division, quicker starts are a must.
But for now, they’ll take it anyway they can get them.
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