The Ducks improved to 35-14-7 (77 points), placing them second in the NHL standings behind the Nashville Predators (37-12-6, 80 points).
The Ducks improved to 7-1-1 in their last nine meetings with the Hurricanes dating to Nov. 30, 2008.
Matt Beleskey paces the NHL with eight game-winning goals this season; seven of his past 10 markers have been decisive tallies.
Making his first start since Oct. 30, John Gibson recorded 35 saves – including 14 in each of the first two periods – to improve to 6-2-0 in his career (1.99 GAA, .936 SV%, 2 SO).
John Gibson On defensive zone play It got better as the game went on. I thought we played really well in the third period. That was one of the biggest reasons why we got the win.
On if his relief appearance on Tuesday helped his performance tonight I’m sure it didn’t hurt. Obviously, you don’t want to go into a situation like that, but you try to do your best. It was nice to rebound and get a win tonight. On being vocal with his defensemen I’m very vocal. It helps everybody out. They’re vocal with me and I’m talking to them. When we’re successful, we’re talking and helping each other make plays.
Francois Beauchemin On his goal [Matt Beleskey] asked me if I touched it. I thought on the play that I did, but I wasn’t sure. I didn’t want to take it away from him, but I guess they got it on the replay. I’ll take it.
On the team’s defensive effort Defensively, in our zone, we played better in the third than we did in the first two. That’s the type of game that we need to win. That was huge for us coming off three straight losses. We’ll take it. We’ll go home and regroup. We have another big game coming up.
On Gibson’s performance He was great. He was solid all night. He can handle the puck, as well. For defensemen, that’s a big plus. When we have to go back and get the puck, he can make a pass on our stick if he has to. He made some key saves. They could’ve gotten four or five goals. He was strong in there.
On facing adversity No one likes to go through those stretches, but it can certainly help once we get into the playoffs. If we lose a couple, we never quit. We make sure we can regroup and come back.