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Henrique delivers a winner for Ducks

Mike Coppinger, Los Angeles Times on

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--Each time the Anaheim Ducks grabbed the lead, the Winnipeg Jets responded almost immediately.

The nip-and-tuck affair ended in a tie after 60 minutes and even an overtime period wasn't enough to break the stalemate.

No one scored through four shootout rounds, until finally, Adam Henrique was called on to dazzle with the same nifty moves he's put on display since he debuted with the Ducks on Dec. 1.

And Henrique delivered again, streaking like a ball of fire down the middle of the ice at Connor Hellebuyck and then twisting his back to the net before he lifted the puck over the goalie's left shoulder, sending the 17,174 in attendance at Honda Center into a frenzy for the 4-3 win.

It was a badly needed second consecutive victory in a season when winning streaks have been hard to come by. Suddenly, the Ducks will be in a position to win a third straight game for just the third time all season when they emerge from the all-star break.

"It's all about points right now and it's all about getting wins and making sure that we stay with the pack," said coach Randy Carlyle, whose Ducks are tied for the final Western Conference playoff spot with three other clubs.

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"We know the situation we're in, we're going to have to win our fair share of games to qualify for the playoffs and we need to garner points every chance we get."

The Ducks had to carve out the victory with backup goalie Ryan Miller pressed into duty with 6:40 remaining in regulation after John Gibson exited with a lower-body injury.

If the veteran was cold -- and he must have been considering he somehow didn't face a single shot in either regulation or overtime -- it was impossible to tell.

Miller stood tall and denied all five Jets skaters in the shootout, becoming just the fifth goaltender in the last 40 years to record a victory without making an official save.

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