Now, as they take a six-game winning streak to a
"We're making it difficult for teams to score," defenseman Hampus Lindholm said. "Hard work always beats talent."
In the Ducks' past five games, they've given up only six goals and have two shutouts. They returned from the All-Star break to win Tuesday at Vancouver, 4-0, with only 17 shots sent at goalie
"We check the puck a lot harder, rather than just trying to contain, as we were in the start of the year," Ducks assistant coach Trent Yawney said. "Lately, we've been coming out of our zone a lot cleaner, and when we do that, it puts us into our strength zone, which is down low.
"It's a credit to the guys for understanding who we are — how we have to play — to get the results that we want."
Yawney said the team's attention to defensive detail sharpened this month with a wealth of practice time.
"To play like we are defensively, it has to be every single guy on the ice," center
Thompson and fellow off-season addition, defense-minded center
"Guys take a lot of pride in filling in shooting lanes and blocking shots," Yawney said. "We might not be where we want to be [in
What looked like a troublesome hit by Kesler on Vancouver's
Several Ducks brought their fathers along on the journey north, the team arranging a special dinner Monday and bringing the dads to practice and games.
"To be around the guys in the locker room, get to converse with other dads, get to see what it's like to be on the road … it's been great," said Thompson, accompanied by his father, Robert.
As a youth in Anchorage, Thompson said his father would take him to early-morning games and practices — indoors and outdoors.
"This is kind of a payback to him," Thompson said. "It's incredible and I know every other player feels the same way."
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