Ducks beat Blackhawks 6-3, move into third place in Pacific

Mike Coppinger, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Hockey

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- With Ryan Getzlaf back in the lineup, the Anaheim Ducks' top unit continued to roll.

The Ducks captain, who missed Friday's win with the flu, earned assists on first-period goals from linemates Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry, and the Chicago Blackhawks never recovered.

Getzlaf added a third assist on Perry's second goal, and the Ducks topped the Blackhawks 6-3 on Sunday afternoon before 16,989 at Honda Center.

Coach Randy Carlyle was forced to utilize a dizzying number of permutations this season as injuries hit his club, but recently, there's been some consistency in the top three lines.

The chemistry is now evident, particularly when Rakell, Getzlaf and Perry are on the ice.

"Things are starting to click," said Getzlaf, whose 45 points rank second on the club, despite the fact he's missed 25 games. "Obviously as a group, it's nice to have our full lineup in, everybody going.

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"This is what it's all about now, this time of year, this is the way we want to be playing."

Certainly, their play has elevated during the home stretch, with points in seven of their last eight games.

Coupled with the Blackhawks' win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, the Ducks now occupy the third seed in the Pacific Division with 16 games left in the regular season. The Ducks have 78 points, one more than the Kings, who also have 16 games left.

The way the Ducks started Sunday's game will help them maintain their tenuous hold on a playoff spot.


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