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Ducks' miscues too big a burden in 3-2 overtime loss to Rangers

Ducks' miscues too big a burden in 3-2 overtime loss to Rangers

With the Ducks so insistent on self-destructing — it's one of the few areas of the game they've excelled at this season — opponents have learned to wait for and pounce on those inevitable mistakes.

The Ducks gave the New York Rangers two gift goals Tuesday, missing only glittery wrapping paper and a festive bow. Those defensive-zone mistakes, one by defenseman Josh Manson in the first period and one by forward Jiri Sekac early in the third, were too big a burden for a team that's struggling to score. Mats Zuccarello's power-play goal 2 minutes 37 seconds into overtime gave the Rangers a 3-2 victory at Madison Square Garden and sent the Ducks into the Christmas break...

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