The Anaheim Ducks brought their miserable skid to a halt, at least for one night, when they defeated the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 at the Honda Center on Wednesday evening.
Jakob Silfverberg's 13th of the year, scored early in the first period, was all the scoring that the Ducks would need as they snapped their seven game losing streak in the process. Kevin Boyle, in his first NHL start, turned away all 35 shots that he faced to register the shutout.
The win elevated Anaheim out of the cellar in the Pacific Division and, rather amazingly, to within six points of a Wild Card place in the Western Conference.
Such is the overall tightness of the places in the standings where the Winnipeg Jets, Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames and Vegas Golden Knights appear to be the cream of the crop and the other 10 teams can all potentially make a late charge for a postseason place.
Friday the Boston Bruins arrive in Orange County to play the Ducks with the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals following two days later.
The Ducks have won just three of their last 22 outings and will have no illusions as to the size of the task at hand against the Bruins and the Capitals.
With Anaheim out of the cellar, the Los Angeles Kings now hold that dubious honour. LA entertain the Canucks on Thursday and the Kings will be hoping for a similar result as achieved by their Southern California rival. The Kings are 20/29 to win with the Canucks 5/4.
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