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Ducks dominant in win against Devils

by Curtis Zupke /

ANAHEIM -- One-goal wins have been part of the Anaheim Ducks' identity most of this season, but they've made it easier on themselves lately.

Jakob Silfverberg scored twice and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov earned the first win of his second stint with the Ducks in a 5-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Honda Center on Friday.

Patrick Maroon and Hampus Lindholm each had a goal and an assist for Anaheim (29-10-6), which outscored its opponents 9-1 the past two games to set up a matchup Saturday at the Los Angeles Kings.

"It means a lot for the confidence," Silfverberg said. "You have to string games together and play well in bunches. You can't play one good game and take a couple of games off. It brings a lot of confidence to the team, and we need it, for sure, going into tomorrow in a tough building."

Anaheim, which is an NHL-best 21-0-6 in one-goal games, limited New Jersey to 15 shots to make for an easy outing for Bryzgalov, who had not won a game with the Ducks since Oct. 15, 2007.

"Right now the team got two points with me," said Bryzgalov, who signed with Anaheim on Dec. 9. "I'm part of the team."

The Devils (16-22-8) lost momentum from a 3-1-1 run in their previous five games, and goalie Cory Schneider was injured in the first period when he was hit by a shot by Matt Beleskey. New Jersey interim co-coach Lou Lamoriello said Schneider has an upper-body injury, the extent of which won't be known until he is evaluated later.

Schneider made his NHL-leading 40th start and allowed one goal on 15 shots. Backup Keith Kinkaid took over to start the second period, and the Ducks scored on him four times on 25 shots over the final two periods.

"I thought he handled it as well as he could," Lamoriello said of Kinkaid. "It's tough going in like that without getting any warm-up or any shots. That's part of the game. You have to be ready when called upon."

Anaheim outshot New Jersey 12-1 in the second period and 27-6 through two periods.

"[That's] a team that's probably the best team in the NHL right now," New Jersey center Scott Gomez said of Anaheim. "They were all over us from the start. We shied away from making it into a game. You make a little mistake here and there and they're going to capitalize. That was the difference. You come out of this and learn.

"Maybe we got a little too cute again. That team just [can't] wait to pick you apart. We should have been a little more north-and-south."

The Ducks got goals from Lindholm and Silfverberg in the second to take a 3-1 lead.

The one shot allowed matched a Ducks second-period record from Oct. 31 against the Dallas Stars.

"The team played tremendously in front of me," Bryzgalov said. "They battled hard and made my job really easy tonight. I really appreciated it."

Silfverberg tapped in Andrew Cogliano's wraparound at 5:08 of the second to put the Ducks up two goals, ending his 12-game scoring drought.

"It's been a long time, and it felt good to get a couple tonight," said Silfverberg, who scored his second goal on the power play with 1:29 left in the game. "Hopefully I can build off this and keep scoring more goals more frequently."

Lindholm scored on a wrist shot at 3:16. He took a drop pass from Beleskey after Rickard Rakell hit Beleskey in stride with a cross-ice pass from the boards.

New Jersey managed a 1-1 tie at first intermission even though it was outshot 15-5 in the opening period.

Martin Havlat scored on a sharp-angled shot that went through Bryzgalov's skates on the power play at 15:12.

Havlat has a goal in consecutive games after he scored three in his first 26, but New Jersey, which defeated Los Angeles 5-3 on Wednesday, is back in a rut.

"You can definitely say it's a step back," forward Tom Sestito said. "The third period, we came out pretty good, which is how we should have been playing the whole game, I think. We've got to take that and salvage a trip in San Jose [on Monday]."

Corey Perry scored his 19th goal, his fourth in four periods, at 4:09 of the first period when his pass to Maroon glanced off Schneider's pads and into the net. Maroon ended a 17-game scoring drought at 16:27 of the third to put Anaheim up 4-1.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler played in his 700th NHL game.

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