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Ducks hold on for win against Jets

Rickard Rakell scores 20th goal, Jonathan Bernier makes 31 saves for Anaheim

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Rickard Rakell scored his 20th goal and Jonathan Bernier made 31 saves to help the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Monday.

"Obviously it feels good," Rakell said. "It's kind of been going my way this year and I've been trying to roll with it. I'm just going to keep moving forward and take every game as it comes. I want to score every game and I'm not satisfied at all. I want to keep going."

Bernier started in place of John Gibson, who was injured in a 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday but served as Bernier's backup in the game.


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"I think we got ourselves in trouble with a lot of PKs tonight but we found a way to win a big game on the road," Bernier said.

Logan Shaw and Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Ducks (27-14-9), who are 4-1-1 in their past six road games.

Video: ANA@WPG: Shaw crashes net, pots shorthanded goal

Andrew Copp and Nikolaj Ehlers scored for the Jets (22-24-4), who failed to win their third straight game for the first time this season, with Monday being their ninth opportunity.

Copp was promoted and played on the right wing with Mark Scheifele and Ehlers with Drew Stafford out because of a lower-body injury.

"It was good for the confidence, I guess," Copp said. "It's nice to start the game the right way, I guess, for me. Like anybody else, you score one early you feel like you've got good jump and ready to go. I thought I just built from there."

Video: ANA@WPG: Copp wires home a wrister from the slot

Ondrej Pavelec allowed three goals on 27 shots in his first loss in three straight starts after being recalled from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Jan. 17.

Copp scored to make it 1-0 at 2:14 of the first period, taking a pass from Scheifele in the slot for his sixth goal.

Shaw tied the game 1-1 with the Ducks shorthanded at 4:07 of the first period. Cam Fowler's low shot was saved by Pavelec but Shaw was in position to put the rebound in for his second of the season.

Rakell scored 1:25 later to make it 2-1, picking up a loose puck and shooting short side on Pavelec.

Getzlaf made it 3-1, scoring on the power play at 8:48 of the third period.

Ehlers scored to make it 3-2 at 12:53.

Video: ANA@WPG: Rakell fires a wrister past Pavelec

"I thought we played great," Jets forward Blake Wheeler said. "Sometimes the score is not always a good indicator. Just because we lost the game doesn't mean we got our [rear ends] kicked all night. We did a lot of good things."

Jets forward Mathieu Perreault left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return. Jets coach Paul Maurice said he wouldn't play against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen was a late healthy scratch. Defenseman Korbinian Holzer dressed in his place.


Goal of the game

Getzlaf scored the game-winning goal on a deft tip in front of Pavelec from Shea Theodore's point shot.

Video: ANA@WPG: Getzlaf tips in Theodore's shot for a PPG


Saves of the game

With the Ducks leading 3-2 late in the third period and the Jets net empty, Bernier made a save on Scheifele and another moments later on Adam Lowry.

Video: ANA@WPG: Bernier denies Wheeler, Lowry late in 3rd


Highlight of the game

Ehlers picked up the puck in his own end and took it the length of the ice, deking Bernier for his 17th goal of the season.

Video: ANA@WPG: Ehlers speeds past defense, tucks it home


Unsung performance of the game

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler had an assist, a shot on goal, a hit and a blocked shot in a team-high 28:29 of ice time.


They said it

"If you can't win on the road, you're not a playoff team. Simple as that. You got to have a decent record on the road to qualify for the playoffs. You can't just win your home games. And when it's your turn to hold serve at home, you have to win your share of home games at a higher rate." -- coach Randy Carlyle on the Ducks' recent road success


"We battled our tails off, but came up one [goal] short. There's built-in animosity anytime we play anyone right now. We're in 11th place or whatever, so we're trying to fight for our lives right now." -- Jets forward Blake Wheeler


Need to know

Getzlaf has two goals and four assists in his past six games. … Rakell has three goals and an assist in his past five games. With his assist, Ducks forward Corey Perry is one point shy of 700 for his NHL career. … Scheifele extended his point streak (two goals, five assists) to five games. ... The Jets were 0-for-5 on the power play.


What's next

Ducks: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, SNW, NHL.TV)

Jets: Host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, CSN-CA, NHL.TV)


Video: Getzlaf notches goal, assist as Ducks top Jets, 3-2

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