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Patience, emphasis on defense have paid dividends for the surging Anaheim Ducks

Patience, emphasis on defense have paid dividends for the surging Anaheim Ducks

It wasn’t long ago that the Ducks appeared to be circling the drain, their season doomed by a series of unsuccessful off-season changes and a baffling lack of offense. On Dec. 18 they were tied for last in the NHL with 27 points, at 11-14-5. Coach Bruce Boudreau’s hold on his job seemed thinner than the ice on which his team was stumbling.

“You see different teams that were in our position and there were changes made simply because that’s what happens in the business,” winger Andrew Cogliano said. “But it seems like everyone took a deep breath at the right time and really understood that no one was happy where we were and everyone was...

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