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Ducks’ defense steps up in OT win vs. Canucks

Vancouver Canucks v Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 28: Cam Fowler #4 of the Anaheim Ducks shoots and scores the game winning goal in overtime past goalie Ryan Miller #30 and Christopher Tanev #8 of the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center on December 28, 2014 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks won 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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The Anaheim Ducks carried much of the play on Sunday, but it seemed like Ryan Miller might steal one for the Vancouver Canucks. He grabbed Vancouver a standings point, yet defensemen Francois Beauchemin and Cam Fowler scored to give Anaheim a 2-1 OT win.

For Beauchemin, that tying tally was also his first goal of the 2014-15 season, thus providing quite the sense of relief.

In Fowler’s case, the overtime game-clincher was mainly ... confusing.

Andrew Cogliano praised his team for doing a “great job defensively” and not panicking despite a considerable disparity in play. Head coach Bruce Boudreau is glad that Anaheim’s hard work and belief paid off.

“The last two periods, we really pressed them,” Boudreau said. “It was nice to see the guys rewarded.”

It was a nice win for the Ducks, but the Canucks seemed upbeat in some ways as well.

“We can feed off the fact they’re one of the best teams in the league and we got a point in their building,” said Yannick Weber, who scored Vancouver’s lone goal.

Ultimately, the Ducks keep finding ways to win, whether you chalk it up to self-confidence, Ryan Getzlaf’s continued strong play or any number of other factors.

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