Ducks lose fourth straight Game 7 at home, waste remarkable turnaround

In each of the last four seasons, the Anaheim Ducks earned Pacific Division titles. All of that work over 82 games afforded them home-ice advantage through at least the second round of the playoffs. Instead of increasing their chances at advancing, all it did was increase the severity of the heartbreak that awaited.

Four years of division titles led to four years of Game 7 losses on home ice to end Anaheim’s season. No team had ever lost three consecutive Game 7s at home before the Ducks did it last season. Now they’ve extended one of the least desirable records a team can own.

It seems impossible for this to have happened again. Especially since in each of those four seasons, the Ducks would accumulate eight opportunities to progress from the series that ultimately ended in defeat in a Game 7. Each time, they had a 3-2 lead. Each time, they coughed up Game 6. Each time, they faltered in Game 7. A first-round series win over the Dallas Stars in 2014 was the only time during that stretch where they played in and won a Game 6 to clinch.

This time it was the Nashville Predators, the top wild card team in the West that ended the Ducks’ season. Until Wednesday night, the Preds had never played in a Game 7 in

Article source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/25569450/ducks-lose-fourth-straight-game-7-at-home-waste-remarkable-turnaround

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