By Pete Zarustica
Slowly but surely, the Anaheim Ducks are moving up in the NHL Pacific Division standings. With Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center, the local team saw its record improve to 18-14-8, worth 44 points and a tie with the San Jose Sharks for third place.
Rickard Rakell got the Ducks off to a good start in the first period with a pair of goals (his 13th and 14th of the season). After a scoreless second, the Ducks broke open a 2-2 tie with three scores.
Cam Fowler (his sixth goal), Jacob Silfverberg (10th) and Antoine Vermette (seventh) lit the lamp to seal the win. In addition to his goal, Vermette assisted on the Ducks first two scores.
“It was a sloppy second period for us. I’m not sure what’s going on with the second period lately, but it seems to be our Achilles heel at the moment,” Fowler said. “We were able to get back to our style of hockey in the third. I really liked our response. The one thing I liked is once we got a goal to make it 3-2, we didn’t sit back. We kept pushing and kept our foot on the gas. That’s what you have to do.”
John Gibson had another solid night in goal, stopping 23 of 25 shots.
The Ducks will start a road trip on Tuesday at Vancouver, then travel to Edmonton on Tuesday.