The Anaheim Ducks continued their clawing and scratching to a Stanley Cup playoff spot with a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings Friday night at Honda Center, keeping them in a dead heat with the Los Angeles Kings for the third and last guaranteed playoff spot from the NHL Pacific Division.
That victory put the Ducks at 35-24-12, worth 84 points and a tie with the Kings (39-26-6) for third. The top three teams in each division qualify for the post-season.
The Ducks got scores from Nick Ritchie, Derek Grant, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler in the victory. John Gibson got 28 saves in goal.
The two teams have a rivalry going back the the Ducks’ first game in 1993. The Wings were in the Western Conference until being moved east in 2013.
“There is some history there,” said Ducks winger Corey Perry, who had the game-winner Friday. “They still have a lot of guys over there. We battled for a long time in the West. It just continued tonight.”
Hockey play was accompanied by several fights. The Red Wings are having a rough year, winning just 26 games while losing 34 and having 11 overtime losses.
Next up for the Ducks is a game hosted at Honda Center against the New Jersey Devils (36-26-8, 80 points).