“Lunch pail” work ethic.
It’s not the sexiest description of a player, but it aptly labels Ducks right wing Tim Jackman. His grinding, physical effort remains key to establishing the forecheck and anchoring the team’s “energy” line.
He’s not just bringing energy. Jackman chipped in offensively as well, posting five goals and seven points in 55 games. His five goals were his most since a career-high 10 in 2010-11, while his points and appearances were his highest totals since 2011-12.
It seemed, however, another injury would derail the veteran’s chance at a much-elusive postseason appearance. Playing in Dallas on March 1, Jackman collided with Ales Hemsky early in the first period of a game with the Stars. Jackman took the worst of it, requiring help to leave the ice.
It was eerily similar to a late-season injury in 2013-14. Jackman broke his hand against the Nashville Predators on April 4 and missed the playoffs. His absence, especially against a plucky Dallas Stars squad and later against the Kings, was evident.
Jackman, however, recovered in time to skate in the last two games of the regular season.
After 11 seasons and 481 regular season games in the NHL, Jackman finally stepped on the ice for a playoff game when the Ducks opened the postseason against the Winnipeg Jets. He went on to skate in nine postseason contests, dishing out 17 hits and collecting 12 penalty minutes.
Jackman continues to bring a steady physical presence and a workmanlike effort to each shift.
In a wild back-and-forth affair in Minnesota, it was Jackman who keyed the comeback effort. The Ducks watched a 3-0 lead evaporate, then fell behind early in the third when Justin Fontaine beat Frederik Andersen just 2:07 into the period. Just over a minute later, Jackman took matters into his own hands.
Ryan Kesler fed Jackman the puck at his own blue line, and the right wing lugged it through the neutral zone. He crossed into the Wild end, offering an initial shot that Christian Folin blocked. Jackman stayed with it, though, grabbing the loose puck in the far circle. His shot beat Darcy Kuemper to tie the game at four.
“Kesler made a great breakout play out of our end and I just tried shooting it on net,” Jackman said after the win. “The puck came to me and I was able to sneak it in. I asked [Ryan] Getzlaf, ‘Did that really go in?’ I didn’t get all of it, but it went in. It was good.”