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Another close win for Ducks could help in playoffs

Another close win for Ducks could help in playoffs

Sitting atop the NHL standings after 41 games of their 82-game schedule, the Ducks have every reason to say their glass is half-full. If it's being filled mostly with one-goal victories, that's fine. Pushed hard Sunday by the aggressive Nashville Predators, the Ducks pulled even in the third period and prevailed in the shootout for a 4-3 victory, their league-high 20th one-goal win. Defenseman Francois Beauchemin, venturing deep into the offensive zone, whacked a rebound that glanced off the stick of goaltender Carter Hutton with 2:17 to play in the third period, and Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Kesler scored in the tiebreaker. Craig Smith scored Nashville's only goal in the...

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