Anaheim Ducks End Road Trip on High Note Going Into All-Star Break

Liz BrownsteinContributor IJanuary 27, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 15:  Goaltender Jonas Hiller #1 of the Anaheim Ducks in action during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on January 15, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Ducks 6-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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For the Anaheim Ducks, Tuesday's 3-2 triumph over Columbus was the perfect way to end their four-game road trip before a much-deserved All-Star break.  

Anaheim absolutely struggled on the most recent series of away games, with all three of their wins coming with just a one-goal difference in the final score, two of the three wins coming in shootouts.  

Some clear standouts from this week-long road-trip included goalie, Jonas Hiller, Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry, and Teemu Selanne.

With two of the aforementioned standouts, specifically Perry and Hiller, spending their break in North Carolina to participate in the All-Star game, Ducks fans still have plenty of things to look forward to during the All-Star weekend.  

Before looking too far forward into the upcoming weekend, looking back over the past road trip will be helpful to see what they need to continue doing or what needs to change to in the playoff hunt.

With the announcement coming that Ryan Getzlaf will be ready to play just a week or so after the season restarts after the All-Star break, Anaheim absolutely has something to look forward to.

However, the Ducks have proven that even without their captain they are a good enough team to continue to win and rack up enough points to sit fifth in the West for now.  

Just as exciting for Anaheim fans is the successes of rookies and other new faces alongside the expected production of stars like Selanne, Perry, and Ryan.

However, rookie blue liner Cam Fowler, really stepped up his offensive game with a goal in each of the last two games, along with Beleskey who had two assists, and both Sexton and McMillan who each had one goal in the 5-2 loss against Toronto.  

All in all, Anaheim did not play their best hockey in this string of games, however they still managed to win three of four contests on the road.

This weekend will be an extended break for most of the Anaheim roster, but will be a weekend full of nothing but more hockey for three of Anaheim's finest: goalie Jonas Hiller, forward Corey Perry, and rookie defender Cam Fowler.

Tomorrow is the draft day for Sunday's All-Star game, so with this new format, there will be plenty of coverage regarding who was chosen on which team in what order.  

Check back later on for my opinion on where Perry and Hiller fell in the draft and how they played in Sunday's game.