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Ducks coach Randy Carlyle seeking improved overtime results in 2018-19

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle seeking improved overtime results in 2018-19
Published On: Thu, Oct 11
Jun 22, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler walks the red carpet during the 2016 NHL Awards at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

The Ducks gave away points in overtime and shootouts last season, when they had 13 losses after regulation play, but Coach Randy Carlyle said he is determined to avoid a repeat in 2018-19. Judging by one frenetic, 5-minute extra period so far this season, hea€™s gotten his wish.

a€œI think we were negligent last year at the beginning of the year,a€ Carlyle said. a€œIf you look at the 3-on-3 in the overtime record, I think we were 0-5 to start, so it was kind of a thorn in our side. What wea€™ve tried to do is pick some points out that wea€™ll bring to our players and practice them.a€

Carlyle said he had hoped to cover a few basic principles of 3-on-3 play during training camp, but he didna€™t get to them until Tuesday, a day after the Ducks played a solid, attacking OT period against the Detroit Red Wings. The Ducks didna€™t score, but they didna€™t give up a score, either.

The Ducks defeated the Red Wings in a shootout.

What was new during OT was a clear sense that the Ducks had a plan, and they stuck with it. They maintained possession and werena€™t afraid to skate in reserve in order to change personnel and get fresh bodies on the ice. They attacked and also defended with a sense of purpose.

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