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Victory Spells Relief

January 14, 2003|Mike Bresnahan

The power play has been crisp. The seven-game winless streak is in the past. The Mighty Ducks' winning streak has grown ... to two.

There was a sense of relief at Monday morning practice after consecutive come-from-behind victories against playoff-caliber teams.

"We were in quite a bit of a hole for seven games," left wing Paul Kariya said. "It's been a nice couple games for us."

The Ducks overcame a two-goal deficit in a 5-3 victory over Colorado on Thursday, then Sunday ruined St. Louis' 17-0-0-2 record when leading after two periods, scoring two third-period goals for a 2-1 victory.

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The Ducks' recent success on the power play -- three goals in seven opportunities in the last two games -- has boosted their overall success rate in man-advantage situations.

The Ducks are seventh in the league on the power play and have converted 38 of 198 chances (19.2%), increasing their success rate by almost 1% over the last two games.

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Center Andy McDonald, the Ducks' No. 4 scorer, is recovering more quickly than expected from a concussion suffered against Colorado.

Although his return date has not been set, he will travel for the Ducks' three-game trip.

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