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."