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Ducks call up some defensive help: Nathan Oystrick

April 1, 2010 | 12:48 pm

The Anaheim Ducks, in the midst of a frantic playoff drive, called up rugged defenseman Nathan Oystrick from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Thursday.

Oystrick, 27, whom the Ducks acquired in a March 1 trade with Atlanta, appeared in 43 games for Chicago and ranked second in penalty minutes. Oystrick played 53 NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Ducks began Thursday seven points and three spots shy of the Western Division's final playoff berth with six games left, beginning with Friday's home contest against the Vancouver Canucks.

-- Kevin Baxter