Points always matter in the NHL standings but especially so during the stretch run and the Ducks moved one point closer toward a Pacific Division title that seemed to be a pipe dream at the start of this lockout season.
Yet there are things creeping into the Ducks that are concerning and could turn disturbing if they don't change. The inability to finish plays was routinely evident Sunday night in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

Emerson Etem managed the tying goal for the Ducks (23-7-5) nearly six minutes into the third period but this was after more failure on a bone-dry power play and a so-so first two periods following another emotional triumph over Chicago.
The third was a source of frustration as the Ducks had a 17-1 shot advantage but ultimately dropped to 1-4-1 in their past six games when Mark Letestu scored four minutes into the extra five-minute session.
"You obviously don't like the result," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I'm frustrated when you do play well. You keep pushing and pushing and we're missing opportunities. And you can tell we got good chances.
"But we're missing opportunities that guys shouldn't be missing. They're right in front of the net."
The Ducks have just eight goals in those six. They have one power-play goal in their past 11 games and Boudreau wondered why his flock couldn't get anything more past Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who had 29 stops.
"We're doing some things that just are not Duck-like, for (lack) of a better phrase," Boudreau said. "What we did the first 25 games when we averaged three-and-a-half to four goals a game, we're not doing now.