Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 10/21/14

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 11: Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the New Jersey Devils during their NHL game at the Prudential Center on November 11, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Ducks 3-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Prior to the Anaheim Ducks' 2-0 loss to Buffalo on Wednesday, coach Bruce Boudreau spoke of the importance of reaching a tangible mark when fighting an uphill battle to make the playoffs. "I think anytime you can see progress by jumping a team, getting closer, then it makes you hungrier for the next game," Boudreau said. It was certainly true following Anaheim's 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames Friday night at Honda Center as the club leapt past Minnesota for 12th place in the conference. Though both teams have identical 28-27-10 records, the Ducks currently hold the tiebreaker by virtue of having won fewer games in shootouts. "It's huge," captain Ryan Getzlaf said about the team prevailing in a must-win situation. "This weekend's a big weekend for us as where we're going to sit come time for the stretch here. That's what we're excited about, and enjoy this one tonight, like I said, and we've got a big task tomorrow." ...
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