With a 3-2 shootout loss to Carolina on Friday night, the Ducks have three losses in a row on the road, but at least are making some progress.
They are still suffering the flu bug, with the latest victim, Mathieu Perreault, stepping out of the line up. But they earned a point and played well, which is something to build on for the final road game of this trip in Pittsburgh on Monday.
Viktor Fasth found his way back into the net after being out for nearly a month with a lower body injury suffered during a practice. He stopped 21 shots, but could not stop enough in the shootout round to give his team the extra point they wanted.
"I felt great," said Fasth. "The injury has healed like it should. I feel nothing when I’m on the ice. It’s great."
The Ducks did not look great in their loss to Tampa Bay the night before, but rallied for the second of back-to-back games.
"I think we played pretty well tonight," said Teemu Selanne. "The last two games we haven't been at the level where we should be, so we're going in the right direction."
After no goals whatsoever by either team for nearly the first forty minutes of play, things finally yielded late in the second period.
Corey Perry scored at 18:00, with an assist from Ryan Getzlaf, who was back in the line up after missing three games with an upper body injury.
Carolina tied things up at 19:43 with a power play goal from Eric Staal, who deflected in Alexander Semin's shot. They took the lead at 3:01 of the third period on a goal from Drayson Bowman.
Unlike the previous game where the Ducks wilted when going behind, the Ducks persevered and kept pushing. Their efforts were rewared when Dustin Penner tied up the game on a power play at 7:18. His stick imploded on the shot, but the puck still fluttered into the net behind Justin Peters.
Nothing in the score changed for the remainder of the game and in the overtime period. So going into the shootout, the chances looked good for Anaheim.
Carolina's record in shootouts is about as good as the Ducks' power play has been all season. They are 3-10 in shootouts over the past two seasons combined. Ouch.
Unfortunately for the Ducks, they changed their fortunes.
Peters stopped Getzlaf and Selanne, with Perry being the only successful shooter for the Ducks. Fasth was unable to stop both Semin and Chris Terry, who sealed the deal and the two points for the Hurricanes.
"You use it as a positive," said coach Bruce Boudreau. "I told them that they played really well in a tough building on a back-to-back. With what we've gone through, it's quite a task for anybody. Obviously you want the two points. I was pleased that we battled so hard to get the one point."