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Ducks beat Kings with complete-game effort they hope is blueprint for rest of season

Ducks beat Kings with complete-game effort they hope is blueprint for rest of season

The Ducks’ 2-1 overtime victory over the Kings on Friday at Honda Center was a playoff preview, as meaningful a game as the two teams have ever played during the regular season.

They pushed each other in the way long-time rivals do, triggering snarls and shoves while drawing on physical and emotional reserves they might not have known they had. Each player was inspired to make an extra effort in puck battles, on faceoff, and in diving in front of dangerous shots, because each one knew that if he didn’t do that, someone on the other team surely would.

The superstars played like superstars and the third- and fourth-line players asserted themselves at crucial moments, all of them...

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