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Ducks starting in a hole has a familiar ring to it

Ducks starting in a hole has a familiar ring to it

Adversity became a familiar companion to the Ducks this season, though hardly a welcome one. So it was nothing new for them to face the consequences of bad breaks and their own missteps again Friday, in their playoff opener against the Nashville Predators. But this time, they must find the answers within the compact time frame of a best-of-seven series, and that won't be easy.

Filip Forsberg's intended centering pass glanced off the skate of Ducks defenseman Shea Theodore and slid past the left leg of goaltender John Gibson at 10:25 of the third period to give the gritty Predators a 3-2 lead they protected, prevailing in a physical and intense game and taking away the home-ice...

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