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Ducks still leading West after 4-2 loss to Avalanche

Ducks still leading West after 4-2 loss to Avalanche

There's comfort in the Ducks' position as Pacific Division champions. They're assured of home-ice advantage for at least two rounds of the playoffs and await a wild-card entrant in the first round. In Friday's 4-2 home loss to the Colorado Avalanche, there was some letting off of the gas at play. “Tonight was not good enough,” Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin said after his team squandered a 2-1 lead by allowing three second-period power plays that resulted in one goal. In the third, Colorado center Matt Duchene took advantage of Ducks forward Corey Perry losing his grip on a puck, sprinting to deliver the decisive goal. The Avalanche (36-30-12)...

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