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Ducks are embracing a focus on defense this season, and it's working
Ducks are embracing a focus on defense this season, and it's working

How can the Ducks' 10-3 record be the same as it was through 13 games last season yet be dramatically different? The answer is their willingness to embrace the concept that defense wins championships in the NHL. For inspiration, all they had to do was watch the Kings use a cohesive defensive effort and the NHL's lowest goals-against total as a springboard to a Stanley Cup title last season. Six of the last 10 Cup winners ranked in the top five in goals-against average during the regular season, including each of the last five. That's powerful motivation for the Ducks' early emergence as a committed defensive team. "Yeah. Who'd have thunk?" Coach Bruce...

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