Craig Smith

Ducks determined to capitalize on chance to clinch

Ducks determined to capitalize on chance to clinch

There is one way, the Ducks agreed, to avoid squandering a 3-2 playoff series lead for the fourth time in four postseason runs: Convince themselves that they can’t afford to lose to the Nashville Predators on Monday night and allow this first-round series to go the limit.

“This is our Game 7 now,” center Ryan Kesler said after the Ducks’ morning skate Monday at Bridgestone Arena. “We’re taking this as a Game 7 and we have to put our best foot forward because we’re going to get their best foot.”

The Ducks had a 3-2 series lead over Detroit in the first round in 2013 but lost Game 6, at Detroit, and returned home to lose Game 7. They beat the Dallas Stars in six games in the...

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