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Ducks wary of ‘snakebit’ Isles

Dec 9, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

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“We feel like we’re an elite team. And now we’re starting to show it.”

That was Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf after his Ducks beat the Blues, 5-2, on Saturday in St. Louis — a victory that came one day after a 3-2 shootout win in Chicago over the defending champs.

For the Ducks, the two wins were impressive results in back-to-back road games against tough opponents, particularly after managing just three wins in their previous 11 (and getting called out in back-to-back TGIFs on PHT, which let’s face it must’ve been a real wake-up call.)

Tonight, Anaheim hosts an Islanders side that’s winless in nine. The goal for the Ducks will be to avoid a back-home letdown versus what head coach Bruce Boudreau calls a “snakebit” team that’s unlucky to have not won lately.

“You’ve got to be aware there’s a struggling team coming in and we’re off of a road trip,” echoed d-man Mark Fistric, who added it was important for the Ducks to come out strong tonight and keep their foot on the gas.

  1. km9000 - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Just once I’d like to hear someone say, “Eh, it’s not really a big deal if we start the game strong or not.”

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