Anaheim Ducks Finally Win in Regulation, Top Arizona Coyotes 2-1

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Nov 20, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Brad Richardson (15) comes from behind the net on Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) and defenseman Josh Manson (42) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Third Star: Josh Manson, D (1 Hit, 20:06 TOI)

Manson didn’t stuff the stat sheet with points, but he was terrific for Anaheim. His confidence seems to grow with each shift and each game, and throughout the year, many have noted his constant growth. Manson has been a revelation on defense for the Ducks, who have missed Francois Beauchemin, Mark Fistric, and Ben Lovejoy for extended stretches this season. He’s become one of the Ducks’ key penalty killers, and he was rewarded for his strong play by getting time with Fowler on the top-pairing.

Manson’s strong play was a major reason why the Ducks were willing to deal Bryan Allen to the Montreal Candiens for Rene Bourque. Manson is proving quickly that he belongs at the NHL level, and he is becoming a fixture of this team. When this team is fully healthy on defense, it could be interesting to see how the team handles the situation.