The Anaheim Ducks moved into first place in the NHL Pacific Division with a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils Thursday at Honda Center. The Orange County team has a 9-6-3 record now, good for 21 points and the division lead.
After a scoreless first period, the Ducks and Devils matched each other goal for goal in the second. New Jersey built a 2-0 lead, but Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg knotted it up for Anaheim.
In the third period, Ryan Kesler got the game-winner at 16:20 with assists from Silfverberg and Josh Manson. The win by the Ducks snapped a five-game winning string by New Jersey.
“We started slow again this year but we keep getting better, and that’s all we have to continue to do,” Kesler said.
The Ducks will be in action next on Sunday hosting the Los Angeles Kings (8-9-1) at 8 p.m.