ANAHEIM – Patrick Eaves and Ryan Getzlaf are proving to be a match made in Trade Land.
Eaves scored twice and Getzlaf assisted on four goals as the Ducks dispatched the New York Rangers, 6-3, on Sunday night at Honda Center in taking over sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.
Andrew Cogliano snapped a 3-3 tie early in the third period, while Ryan Kesler and Josh Manson also scored goals as the Ducks (41-23-11) moved their current win streak to a season-high four games. The Ducks broke out of a three-way tie with San Jose and Edmonton entering the contest.
The Ducks, now on an 8-1-1 run over their last 10 games, can also clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday in Vancouver as they begin their final road trip of the regular season. It will become their fifth straight postseason appearance and all five could be gained through division titles.
“Obviously, we want to be playing our best hockey going into the playoffs and we got to keep getting better,” Kesler asid. “I said it a while ago, consistency is what we were missing. Really, back then we had a month and a half to figure it out. Right now, we’re playing good hockey and consistent hockey.”
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was making his return to the lineup after missing eight games due to a lower-body injury. A bit of rust may have developed in the time away and the Ducks were the ones knocking it off.
The teams played an entertaining two periods, trading leads between each other. And then Cogliano gave the Ducks the edge for good when he jumped on a rebound created by Kesler’s faceoff win and put away his 16th of the season.
Just two minutes later, Getzlaf started a rush up ice with his linemates. Rakell got a drop pass from the Ducks’ captain and fed the puck over to Eaves, whose shot off it struck the skate of Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei and ricocheted past Lundqvist for his second of the night.
Getzlaf had already played a part in the Ducks’ first three goals…