Whether the Ducks wanted to admit to every example of standing up for each other was beside the point.
They did so, especially for goalie Frederik Andersen, and shut out the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0, in a Pacific Division road test that bodes well for their playoff aspirations.
Not only did the Ducks (32-10-6) claim their sixth consecutive victory by limiting Vancouver to three shots on goal during a 31-minute-plus span into the third period, they effectively countered each attempt by the home team to assert some authority.
“We answered properly,” Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf said. “There were some good hard hits out there that didn't deserve fights, and I...