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Ducks prove ‘first 22 wins weren’t a fluke’

Mar 30, 2013, 2:18 AM EDT

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The Anaheim Ducks have maintained a torrid pace so far, topped in the Western Conference only by the Chicago Blackhawks.

So, four straight losses in Anaheim probably seemed like a bit of a shock to the Ducks’ system. They were outscored 16-5 in those four games, and shut out in one of those games.

Friday’s 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks in Chicago got the Ducks back into the win column. It put them six points ahead of the third-place Vancouver Canucks and just three points back of the Blackhawks.

“I know I can’t win the game myself… we need everybody. Nobody was happy after the last game (against the Sharks), I know I wasn’t happy with the way I played and I don’t think many guys were,” Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller told CSN Chicago. “We knew we had to play better and we proved that if everybody plays at 100 percent, we have a chance to win against anybody.”

The top seed in the West is still within the Ducks’ reach.

But more importantly, Friday’s performance can go a long way in getting their collective confidence back.

“At least they know in their mind that when they put their mind to it, they’re a good hockey team and that the first 22 wins weren’t a fluke,” Ducks head coach Bruce  Boudreau told the Orange County Register.

The Ducks improved their record to 23-7-4.

  1. hawkeytown - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    I dont the the Hawks can beat this team in a 7-game series; they seem to have us on our heels for large chunks of the game. If you can’t figure out how to beat a team once in 3 tries (2 on home ice), you probably won’t beat them 4 in 7. Get moving Bowman….

  2. jacketsfan7 - Mar 30, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Glad to see hiller doing good again
    Awesome start for Fasth

  3. kingsforever - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    ^ ^ honest Blackhawks fan is honest

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