The banged-up Ducks defense was lifted Sunday by the return of veteran Francois Beauchemin, who played about 20 minutes in his first action since May knee surgery.
Beauchemin had labored through the playoffs on a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
"It's been a long summer … maybe play again Saturday and be ready for the opener," he said after the Ducks' 2-1 exhibition loss to the Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center.
"It was important to get in a couple games … just to get the rhythm back, to get in game shape, get the feel of the game."
Beauchemin, 33, told teammates at last season's end he intended to return for the Oct. 2 season opener, which...