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What we learned from the third week of the NHL season

What we learned from the third week of the NHL season

Lessons from the past week of NHL play:

•General Manager Bob Murray was willing to wait for the Ducks to mesh, but they reached a critical point Monday with a 1-0 overtime loss at Chicago. They played well but fell to 1-5-2 after being shut out for the fifth time. It would be a shame if Coach Bruce Boudreau takes the fall for an apparent lack of locker-room leadership and a lack of goals from Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler.

•The Montreal Canadiens (9-0-0) are close to making history again. They set an NHL record for consecutive regulation wins to start a season, fueled by Carey Price's 49-save performance against Toronto on Saturday. Next up: the NHL...

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