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Silfverberg scores winner for Ducks against Jets

Anaheim forward's goal in overtime defeats Winnipeg

by Patrick Williams / Correspondent

Silfverberg's overtime winner

ANA@WPG: Silfverberg buries his own rebound for GWG

3/20/16: Jakob Silfverberg buries his own rebound on the doorstep top-shelf, giving the Ducks a 3-2 win in overtime

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WINNIPEG -- Jakob Silfverberg scored with 58.6 seconds left in overtime to help the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Sunday.

Silfverberg shook loose from Winnipeg defenders and took a pass from Ryan Kesler before breaking in on Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson and putting in his second chance under the crossbar for this 13th goal.

"They kind of forgot about me," said Silfverberg, who scored his first career overtime goal. "[Ryan Kesler] made a good pass, and I had a lot more time than I thought I would."

The win began a five-game Canadian road trip for the Ducks (40-22-9). They moved to within four points of the Los Angeles Kings for the Pacific Division lead. The trip continues against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

"Getting this first win is great for the confidence for the rest of the trip," Silfverberg said. "You always say you want to start off a road trip with a win, and that's what we did. Maybe it wasn't the prettiest way, but we managed to find a way, and that's what is important."

Video: ANA@WPG: Kesler goes top-shelf with a one-timer

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was happy with the two points, but not his team's effort.

"It was ugly. It was an ugly hockey game. The puck was bouncing around, not really connecting on a lot for [each] team," Getzlaf said. "At this time of the [season], you have to slog through a few of them. They're not all pretty. They're not all textbook wins."

Jamie McGinn and Kesler also scored for the Ducks. John Gibson, who missed a scheduled start against the Boston Bruins on Friday, made 27 saves.

"He kept us in there," Boudreau said of Gibson, who faced 14 first-period shots and also stopped Dustin Byfuglien's breakaway.

Boudreau was not pleased with the rest of the game.

Video: ANA@WPG: Gibson makes a shoulder save on Byfuglien

"We weren't very good," Boudreau said. "We gave up way too many chances. We just weren't doing things that we're capable of, and probably Winnipeg had little bit to do with that. But if we want to be successful in the [final] 11 games and beyond, we've got to play better.

"We want to play to our level. When you're playing teams [out of contention], when you get a lead, it's a lot easier for them to wilt. When you give the opportunities we gave them…they believe they can win it, and we're lucky they didn't."

The Jets (29-37-6) have lost 15 of their past 19 home games (4-13-2) and nine of 12 overall (3-7-2). They continue a four-game homestand with a visit from the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

Paul Postma and Blake Wheeler scored for Winnipeg, who managed to test the Ducks despite missing Bryan Little and Nikolaj Ehlers and dressing four rookies.

"When you have guys out of the lineup and new faces in, you really have to fall back on your system, and that's what we did," said Hutchinson, who had 30 saves. "We played our game plan really well and didn't give them much room out there."

Video: ANA@WPG: Wheeler ties the game with backhanded goal

Jets coach Paul Maurice credited Wheeler and other veterans with setting a proper tone for their young teammates.

"They've got pride stepping out on the ice wearing the sweater at home," Maurice said. "They know they owe it to the fans. This is not where we wanted to be, but we want to put a good effort out there. We want to play right, make it an exciting game, and they do that."

Winnipeg took the first lead 6:29 into the game when Postma scored his first goal since Dec. 11, 2014. After Gibson fumbled his right-circle shot, Postma pursued the rebound and put it low past Gibson.

The Anaheim power play, which entered the game tied for the NHL lead at 23.2 percent, tied the game when Kevin Bieksa sent a long shot from the point that McGinn tipped past Hutchinson for his 19th goal at 16:01. McGinn's goal extended his goal streak to three games and tied his career high in goals set in 2013-14 with the Colorado Avalanche.

Kesler scored his 17th goal in the second period to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead before Wheeler ended a 10-game goalless streak and tied the game 2-2 on his 19th goal.

Video: Kesler, Silfverberg lead Ducks to 3-2 overtime win

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