There was a lot to like about the Anaheim’s 6-0 triumph over the Rangers in last night’s home opener, but it wasn’t entirely roses for the Ducks. Three forwards – Dustin Penner, Nick Bonino and Mathieu Perreault – left the game with injuries and did not return.
Yet the outlook was much sunnier this morning as the Ducks took part in an optional skate in which about half the roster took the ice. Among them were Bonino and Perreault, as well as Kyle Palmieri, who missed last night’s game with an upper-body injury suffered Sunday night at Winnipeg.
“There weren’t too many guys out there, but it went well,” said Palmieri of the skate. “I felt good out there, and hopefully I’ll be in the lineup on Sunday.”
Bonino left last night’s game in the third period after taking a Rangers slap shot off the leg, but dismissed the ailment as only minor. “It felt good today. I think it was just a pretty good bone bruise there,” he said. “Right when it happened, it hurt for a while. It took about 15-20 minutes to calm down, and we knew that would be the case. So we just shut it down for the night. No sense pushing it, and rest it for Sunday.”
Perreault headed to the locker room for good early in the third period with an undisclosed upper-body injury, but was right back on the ice for practice today.
“I think those guys would have all come back if the score was 3-1 or 2-1 or something like that,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said today. “When it’s 6-0 we’re saying, ‘Let’s not take chances.’ And then Palmieri is back, so we’re fine.”
Penner, however, did not skate today after leaving after one shift in the third period last night. Boudreau remained evasive about his ailment, saying that it did not first occur in that game. “It’s going to be day to day with him,” he said. “We’ll see. It wasn’t anything that happened yesterday.”
Despite the injuries that have nagged the Ducks since the beginning of the preseason, the team’s focus now is continuing the momentum it’s generated from three straight wins following a tough opening night loss in Colorado.
“You look back at that road trip and I think one of the keys is we were getting better every game,” Palmieri said. “Coming back home I think the guys continued that trend, and that was our best game of the season so far. We got on top early and never let up.”
|"I think it was just a pretty good bone bruise there,” Bonino said. “Right when it happened, it hurt for a while. It took about 15-20 minutes to calm down, and we knew that would be the case. So we just shut it down for the night. No sense pushing it, and rest it for Sunday.” |
Added Bonino, “The biggest thing was that everyone competed after the loss we had. We decided we would come back and play hard. When that happens, we usually get wins.”
A major contributor to that cause has been winger Jakob Silfverberg, who scored twice last night to become just the third player in Ducks history to score four goals in his first four games with the team.
Silfverberg, of course, came to the Ducks from Ottawa in the trade that sent Bobby Ryan to the Senators. This Sunday is Throwback Night at Honda Center, but it also just happens to be Ryan’s first visit back to the arena since the trade.
Ryan has a goal and two assists in Ottawa’s first three games, and the Ducks are pleased with the production they’re getting already from Silfverberg.
Boudreau was asked today if proving himself in Anaheim after that major trade was on Silfverberg’s mind this season. “I don’t know Jakob well enough to say that would have been something he would have really dealt with,” Boudreau said. “He just goes out and plays. He’s a quiet guy and he does what he does. He’s a good enough player that he has some success.
“We knew he was a good player, and that just balances out the second line really well with him scoring like he is. It’s got to make him feel good.”