By Pete Zarustica
OK, one down!
In their first game under the leadership of interim coach Bob Murray, the Anaheim Ducks snapped a six-game losing streak and posted a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center on Wednesday night.
The win not only gave the team a rare victory– they had dropped 19 of their last 21 games – but also lifted them out of a tie for last place in the NHL Pacific Division. The Ducks are now 22-26-9, good for 51 points and a tie with the Edmonton Oilers for sixth place in the division.
Stars for the game were new goalkeeper Kevin Boyle, who made 35 saves for his first career shutout, and Jakob Silfverberg, who scored the game’s only goal. It was his 13th goal of the season.
“I thought the emotion was good,” said Murray. “I thought the effort was good. We haven’t won in a very long time. Everyone was gripping [their sticks] too hard. Overall I thought it was a really good effort and goaltender played very well.”
The Ducks are next in action on Friday, hosting the Boston Bruins (32-17-8) at 7 p.m.