The Anaheim Ducks have been outscoring opponents in recent games, however, coming out of the Olympic Break, the Ducks have relied on defense to begin the playoff journey.
In the team’s first game back since the long Olympic Break, they proved defensively why they are the best team in all of the NHL, as they led the team to a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. This further extended their lead not only in the Pacific Division, but also the race for the best record in the league as well.
Andrew Colgliano was the only player that scored for either team in the game, but it did prove to be the difference in the game, as Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller was able to stop all 18 of the shot he had faced the entire night, recording another shutout. The goaltender, as well as the blocked shots that the Ducks’ defense was able to provide, proved to be a difference. It just became another reason that the Ducks could be the team to beat once the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin.
This game showed why the Ducks’ defense men are not afraid of getting in front of a potential shot on goal, as the Ducks had sacrificed many shots that could have gone towards Hiller’s way, but provided a first line of defense. Goaltending was also a solid effort from the Ducks, as Hiller showed why he is the best option for the hockey team.
If the Ducks can keep up the performance of the defensive side of the puck, there is no doubt in my mind that this team will be able to deliver another attempt at a second Stanley Cup when everything is all said and done.