Monday, July 23, 2018
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Ducks fight past Game 7 stumbles

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Goaltender Frederik Andersen was with Norfolk of the AHL when the Ducks lost Game 7 of their first-round playoff series at home against Detroit in May 2013.

Ryan Kesler was a center with Vancouver when the Ducks lost Game 7 of their second-round series against the eventual Stanley Cup champion Kings, also at home, in May 2014.

Kevin Bieksa was a defenseman with the Canucks when the Ducks lost Game 7 of the Western Conference final to eventual champion Chicago last May 30 — yes, also at home.

All three will suit up tonight for Anaheim, which skates onto home ice for Game 7 of a first-round series against the Predators at the Honda Center. The weight of three winner-take-all defeats in a row hangs from their collective shoulders. Or so it would seem.

In fact, only forwards Andrew Cogliano, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and defenseman Cam Fowler have played in each of those three Game 7 losses. Only Getzlaf and Perry played in the Ducks' last Game 7 victory, a first-round win over the Flames in Calgary in 2006.

"It's a different year, it's a different team with different players, new guys who haven't been here for what we've gone through in the past," Perry said. "You've just got to go out and play hockey and not worry about all the other extra (stuff). You've just go to go out and play and keep pushing."

Flyers: The league suspended forward Brayden Schenn for the first three games of next season for a high hit on Capitals forward T.J. Oshie on Sunday.

Panthers: Captain and two-time Stanley Cup winner Willie Mitchell, 39, is expected to retire because of concussion concerns.

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