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Ice wasn't so nice for Ducks, Blackhawks in Game 3
Ice wasn't so nice for Ducks, Blackhawks in Game 3

Hockey rinks in Sun Belt cities aren’t the only ones that have mediocre ice during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The ice at Chicago’s United Center was in less-than-ideal shape Thursday for Game 3 of the Western Conference final, making the puck take strange hops rather than slide smoothly, and leading several players to inexplicably fall when no one was nearby. Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen had to change his skate blades three times, a practice he normally carries out once every two weeks. Vatanen joked Saturday that the Ducks’ equipment managers don’t like him because he makes them carry extra skate blades. However, he said the conditions don’t bother him...

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