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Newly sprung Sprong scores in Anaheim debut

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Daniel Sprong celebrates his first goal at the Ducks' bench Wednesday night in Anaheim. - AP

It didn't take Daniel Sprong long to make a good impression in his Ducks debut Wednesday night, a 4-2 win over the Blackhawks in Anaheim.

He scored a beautiful top-shelf goal on Corey Crawford 6:01 into his first game with his new team:

Sprong skated on the Ducks' second line with Nick Ritchie and Adam Henrique.

Sprong spoke with reporters Tuesday in Anaheim about his lack of opportunities with the Penguins after the Ducks' practice.

“I think when you play four, five minutes a night, you ask any guy, there’s not much you can do sitting on the bench the whole third period,” said Sprong. “You’re not getting out there, it’s tough to do things. Those are the cards I was dealt. But it’s a new beginning here, a new opportunity, and I’m excited.”

Sprong played 13:29 in his debut, and had the second-most shots of any Duck with four. He led all Ducks in shot attempts (including blocked shots and missed shots) in 5-on-5 play, with eight. He was credited with one hit and finished with a Corsi For percentage of 54.84, or 2.78 percent better than his teammates fared when he was not on the ice.

Here's some of what he had to say after the game:

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