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Ducks take Avalanche

Posted By Tyler Hetu On Feb 7 2013 @ 8:49 pm In Colorado Avalanche | No Comments

Well, it looks like the Anaheim Ducks have hit the jackpot in the free-agent market after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year.

The acquisitions of defenseman Sheldon Souray, forward Daniel Winnik and goalie Viktor Fasth have played major roles in the Ducks’ 7-1-1 start (the best in franchise history). All three players contributed to a 3-0 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.

Souray, 36, has already posted four goals and three assists this season. Souray also added a goal and an assist against Colorado on Wednesday. Winnik, a former Colorado forward, has five goals and three assists after setting up a second period goal for Francois Beauchemin.  Fasth, a 30-year-old rookie from Sweden, stopped 31 shots for his first carrer NHL shutout and is 4-0 in four starts. Fasth has an incredible goals against average of 0.98 goals-and a save percentage of .962.

The Ducks are cruising with a four game win streak, and are 5-0-1 in their past six games. The Ducks are also 3-0-1 on the road with five games remaining on a six-game road trip, their longest of the season.

 

The Avalanche, meanwhile, have lost two consecutive games (both at home) and five of the past seven to fall to 4-6-0.

The Ducks grabbed a 2-0 lead very early, needing only eight shots. The first goal was scored by Souray and another followed soon after by forward Saku Koivu

Beauchemin pushed the lead to 3-0 when he received a pass from Winnik, setting up a one-time goal past goalie Semyon Varlamov with 9:55 left in the second period.

Colorado closes out its four-game homestand on Monday against Radim Vrbata and the Phoenix Coyotes. Anaheim looks to continue their win streak in Dallas, going up against the Stars and Jaromir Jagr.

-Tyler Hetu

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