Western Conference (NHL)

Ducks face a new kind of beast in the Oilers in next round of playoffs

Ducks face a new kind of beast in the Oilers in next round of playoffs

This is a different Alberta animal.

Having swept a first-round series against the Calgary Flames, the Ducks gathered Sunday with another Western Canada foe in their sights in the Edmonton Oilers. The Ducks know it only gets harder from here, and defenseman Kevin Bieksa spoke to that at this stage of the postseason.

“There’s not going to be many more sweeps, I don’t think,” Bieksa said.

Edmonton is jazzed by its first playoff series win since 2006, an elimination of the defending Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks. That energy hovers over a series that begins this week at Honda Center, although the Ducks remain steadfast in their own quest.

“I think we...

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