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Open Gameday Recap Thread Avalanche @ Ducks


The Ducks needed to pick up where they left off and keep themselves in the middle of the playoff race.  Sadly they decided to go absentee and ended up dropping a 4-3 decision to the Colorado Avalanche.  To be fair, the Ducks only had 5 defensemen tonight as they were waiting for new additions Lubomir Visnovsky and Aaron Ward to join the team.  Still, a lack of effort by the forward corp to protect an overworked blueline led to defensive mistakes in the second period.  Penalty killing continued to be a major hindrance as the Avalanche managed to notch 3 PP goals.  

Every two points is important, and the Ducks have just started the home stretch in the worst way possible, surrendering a lead, and failing to capitalize on an opportunity to gain ground.  I have high hopes that the new additions will prevent a night like this from happening again.  The Ducks have to chalk this up to Olympic hangover and come out swinging for their next game against Phoenix this weekend.