They’re no longer known as the Mighty Ducks. But on Sunday night, the Anaheim Ducks surely resembled their former moniker against the New York Rangers.
Ryan Getzlaf had four assists and Patrick Eaves had a pair of goals, and the Ducks, caught in a three team race for the Pacific Division title, took a 6-3 win from the Rangers at Honda Center.
The Rangers (46-26-4) saw the return of Henrik Lundqvist spoiled, the goalie partaking in his first game since March 7. The Rangers actually had two early leads, both in the first period. Each goal came via a two-on-one situation, as Rick Nash scored a goal for the fourth consecutive game, while Derek Stepan scored for the second consecutive night. In between, Eaves, who previously haunted the Rangers with three points when he was still with Dallas in January, and the Ducks (41-23-11) tied the game when Ryan Kesler scored on a power play. The play was reviewed for high sticking, but not overturned.
The Rangers’ special teams continued to struggle, as a power play opportunity instead yielded a shorthanded score for Anaheim, with Josh Manson doing the honors. The Rangers managed to end the period with a goal by Brady Skjei, who was celebrating his 23rd birthday, to tie the score at 3-3.
However, the Rangers, known for their third period prowess, couldn’t break out of their rut. Andrew Cogliano, who scored the game winner in the Ducks’ last game against Winnipeg, scored all the Ducks needed win, but they would add two more for measure, as Eaves put another in just over two minutes after Cogliano’s score. Nick Ritchie put it an empty netter, and that settled things up.
The Rangers would split their season set with the Ducks, each team winning on their home ice.