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Emphasis on defense helps Ducks turnabout

Emphasis on defense helps Ducks turnabout

Every time it seemed the Ducks' season couldn't get worse it somehow did, making it difficult to decide exactly when they hit bottom. It could have been at the end of October, when they were 1-7-2, or after they regrouped but then slid sideways and were 7-10-4. Maybe a 3-0 loss at Buffalo that left them 11-14-5 after they'd scored four goals in four games was their lowest moment.

"There were a few of them, trust me," team captain Ryan Getzlaf said.

Thanks to a commitment to defense and the weakness of the Pacific Division after the first-place Kings, the Ducks have turned things around. They launched an eight-game homestand Sunday with an efficient 4-1 victory over...

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