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Fragile Ducks fall to Islanders, 5-2

Fragile Ducks fall to Islanders, 5-2

After again committing so many inexplicable mistakes, after again experiencing so many mental lapses, the Ducks looked like a team that expects misfortune at every turn. And because they expect the worst they often create it, and get it.

Their 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday night at Barclays Center was a prime example of how fragile they've become. They scored the first goal but gave up three in the first period, two of them in the last minute. After cutting the Islanders' lead to 3-2 in the second period they soon fell back into a two-goal hole and from there played like a team that expects bad things to happen.

"It's hard to say otherwise," Ducks...