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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News - Ducks beat Avs 2-1 (OT)

Defense won the day. Thanks to Pronger and Schneider with the the game winner, the Ducks were able to pull out the victory in OT. It was a boring game at times with the way the Avs played, but there were long periods of excitement when the Ducks or the Avs were being aggresive and getting a lot of scoring chances. One amazing stat was that we only had 3 penalties (not counting fighting majors). Anyway, here is the game coverage.

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Official Ducks Coverage

Hold a team to just 12 shots on goal and you’re usually going to get the win. But the Ducks needed overtime to take down Colorado at Honda Center, and defenseman Mathieu Schneider ended it with a pretty goal 3:31 into the extra session to give them a 2-1 victory.
In a game where the Ducks dominated on defense, it was appropriate that Schneider scored the winner and fellow d-man Chris Pronger had the tying goal in the third period to send it to overtime.

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OC Register Coverage

That mind-boggling collection of top-notch defensemen put together by the Ducks looks pretty good indeed.
Not only did the club’s blue-line corps -- led by the big four of Chris Pronger, Mathieu Schneider, Scott Niedermayer and Francois Beauchemin -- help limit the Colorado Avalanche to one goal Wednesday night at Honda Center, but it also produced both Ducks goals in a 2-1, overtime triumph.

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MVN Coverage

The Ducks took a pause from their Shark attack to play the Colorado Avalanche at home on Wednesday night. An avalanche is described as “a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things.” In this case it would be shots by the Ducks on goaltender Peter Budaj. Jonas Hiller had a drought in comparison at the other end.

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TSN Coverage

"We played a lot of hockey in their end tonight, and I think we just wore them down," Schneider said. "I thought our forwards did a great job of getting in on the forecheck and we controlled an awful lot of the play down low. It should have been a four or five-goal game, but their goalie stood on his head all night.

"We generated a lot of chances. And if we do that consistently, we're going to win a lot of games. You can sense that some of the guys have their swagger back a little bit. That little cockiness is important to have on a winning club."

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LA Times Coverage

With Niedermayer, Pronger, Schneider and Francois Beauchemin all playing more than 21 minutes, that corps took care of both ends of the ice.
Even after playing 24 hours before in San Jose, the Ducks thoroughly dominated a rested Avalanche team that hadn't played since beating the Kings on Monday. They seemed to play the entire game in the Colorado zone, holding the Avalanche to nine shots after two periods and badly outshot them, 34-12, through regulation.
All they could get on the scoreboard through the first 60 minutes was a goal by, who else, a defenseman.

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