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Ducks will try to play their type of game against Blackhawks
Ducks will try to play their type of game against Blackhawks

It's there to see in the players' hardened gazes, obvious to be heard in the coach's short retorts. Fortified from painful recent playoff history and motivated to write a satisfying ending this time, the Ducks have reached their moment of truth in what should be a rugged, impassioned Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks. When the puck drops at noon Sunday for Game 1 at Honda Center, Anaheim intends to keep a sharp eye on a franchise that has won two of the last five Stanley Cup titles and is appearing in its third consecutive conference final. Most important to the home team that scored only one goal in each of its three regular-season meetings...

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