By Pete Zarustica
Slowly but surely the Anaheim Ducks are creeping up on first place in the NHL Pacific Division. With a 3-1 win over the Canucks in Vancouver Thursday, the Ducks are 12-8-4, which is worth 28 points and second place, just one point behind San Jose.
After a scoreless first period, Anaheim went ahead on goals by Silfverberg (eighth of the season) and Kase. Vancouver cut the lead to 2-1 with score at 13 minutes of the third period, but Cogliano’s sixth goal of the year at 17:35 settled the matter.
“He had a great game,” said Cogliano of Gibson’s performance. “He’s at the top of his game right now in terms of giving us a chance to win every night. He’s done a good job of shutting down their opportunities.”
The Ducks are back in action on Saturday, visiting the Edmonton Oilers (13-10-2).
In other NHL action, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 on the road to improve to 13-10-1, good for fourth place in the NHL Pacific.