The Anaheim Ducks are hoping they can build on the strong showing they had against the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver on Friday night.
In a 2-1 win, the Ducks beat the Canucks 4-1 and were rewarded with the Stanley Cup on Sunday.
Coach Randy Carlyle and his squad had a tough time controlling the puck, allowing the Canucks to outshot them, take over the play and create chances.
But the Ducks’ ability to stay in control and play physical and physical and win battles was impressive.
The Ducks had their best offensive outing of the season against the Canucks.
“They were the ones that were making the plays and they had the puck,” said Ducks forward Corey Perry.
Cristiano Dias, who scored twice in the game, was also impressive.
“They have a good team ethic and they were able to get the puck to Cristiano Días,” said Carlyle.
This is the Ducks second win over the Canucks, and their second against an NHL team this season.
After the Canucks were beaten 4-0 by the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, Anaheim scored two goals in the third period to get into a 5-4 game.
A lot of it has to do with Anaheim’s defense.
On Friday night, the Canucks outshot the Ducks 16-9, but were able, despite the fact that they were outshot, to make the play with the puck.
However, they were not able to generate much offense in the second period.
Instead, the players and coaches were trying to force turnovers in the neutral zone.
Días, who had an assist, said Anaheim’s defensive work in the first period was key to their success.
“[The Ducks] were playing really well in the offensive zone, but they were giving up turnovers,” said Díias.
And it paid off.
As the game went on, the Oilers came out with some strong pressure and they held the Ducks to only one shot on goal.
While the Ducks were able make it a tough game for the Canucks early in the fourth, they came out the second half with a 2+1 lead and were able get back into it.
Carlyle was pleased with how his team played against the Oilers, and they are in good shape heading into Sunday.
“We know we’ve got to keep working on that,” said the coach.
For the Ducks, that means playing some physical hockey and getting out in front of the Canucks and playing their style of hockey.