Ducks 7, Avalanche 2.

Just when you thought the Ducks were incapable of blowing anyone out, a 7-2 win over the worst team in the league comes three days after a 6-2 win over the second-worst team in the league. The sort of results you’d expect from a playoff-bound team — also the sort that builds confidence along with a fifth straight victory.

The win leaves the Ducks in seventh place in the Western Conference standings (80 points), at least until the eighth-place Oilers (79 points) play the Phoenix Coyotes tomorrow.

They also managed to spread the wealth rather well: Corey Perry scored twice and Erik Christensen, Teemu Selanne, Andrew Ebbett, Rob Niedermayer and Petteri Nokelainen scored once each. Playing time also was dispensed liberally late in the blowout, which was good news for workhorse defensemen Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer; both played fewer than 20 minutes.

Game summary here; event summary here; quotes to follow.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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