You cannot win them all, but if you can least earn a point when you lose, it feels a little better. The Ducks did just that in a 2-1 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues in their final meeting of the regular season.
The Ducks played well for the entire game, with coach Bruce Boudreau stating it was the "best 60 minutes in a long time." Young Blues netminder, Jake Allen, stood strong against the Ducks, making 27 saves.
Allen could not withstand Anaheim's strong finish to the first period. Saku Koivu deflected Bryan Allen's shot at 19:40 after a lot of hard work and patience to keep the puck in the Blues zone. It was the first time in many games that Anaheim actually scored first.
That was all they could garner past Allen.
Kris Russell tied up the game in the second at 12:52. It was the Blues third power play in a row and you can only fend off so many of those before the other team scores.
Anaheim did a great job in the third, not even allowing a shot on goal for nearly the first half of the period. It yielded no advantage for them and the game went to overtime.
Overtime was swift. Two Ducks players went down on the ice and Chris Stewart waited until Jonas Hiller moved out of position before he struck, just :45 seconds in. Game over. Stewart, who has five goals in the past three games, made it look easy.
"It was a very well played game," said Boudreau. "Sometimes the well-played games aren't the most entertaining games. They got the break at the end of the game. We make an error, they capitalize on it. What are you going to do? We had chances to score. It didn't go our way tonight."
Nonetheless, earning five out of six points on the road continues to keep the Ducks one of the elite teams. They now get to play the next five games at home, a place where they have been dominant all season long. Anaheim has only lost one game at home, and that was their home opener. Since then, opposing teams do not want to come into their building.
These won't be just any teams. The Ducks will play the Sharks twice, NHL leading Chicago once and Detroit in two home games in a row. It doesn't get any easier.