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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

This time was going to be different. After four straight seasons of backing down at the moment of truth, after building what they thought would be enough depth to get through a playoff grind, after bringing Randy Carlyle back to coach them because they believed his calm and resourcefulness would guide them past their mental and emotional postseason hurdles, the ending was the same for the Ducks.

Maybe even more painful than in previous seasons, because they clawed and scratched and were on the brink of forcing a seventh game in the Western Conference finals before they let their last chance slip away.

They got a few steps further than they did a year ago. But if losing to the Nashville Predators in a six-game conference finals one year after the Predators had booted them out of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs meant the Ducks had accomplished something, that theory was contradicted by the tears welling in Ryan Kesler’s eyes and the vacant stares of Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry after their efforts to mount yet another remarkable rally fell short in a 6-3 loss Monday.

“Personally, I don’t think the better team won tonight but it doesn’t really matter what I think,” said Kesler, who sat at his locker for long minutes with his head buried in a towel before he began to unlace his skates and unpeel the tape that held him and his equipment together. “They got the victory and they move on and we’re going home.”

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Below, Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News and video of Perry, Getzlaf and Carlyle post-game...

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

In this latest episode of the long war between Head and Brick Wall, the outcome stayed the same.

The Ducks threw all of their guns at once at Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators, but it all exploded into space. They used up all their sweat equity in tying the Predators, 3-3, in the third period and even had a power play after that. But Nashville killed that off, and Colton Sissons got his third goal of the night, three seconds later, to key what became a 6-3 win in Game 6, ending the Western Conference finals.

It was the third time in seven seasons that Nashville has eliminated the Ducks, but this was by far the most poignant.

It sent the Predators into their first Stanley Cup final, to begin Monday against either Pittsburgh or Ottawa, and it frustrated a Ducks squad that had repeatedly proven it cared little about the depth of the holes they found themselves.

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The argument “The better team did not win” is a load of horseshit.  How can someone say the better team didn’t win a best of 7 series?  It is not the NFL playoffs where one team has a bad showing and they are done.  This was a best of 7 series of multiple weeks.  The BEST team DID win.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 05/23/17 at 09:01 AM ET

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Personally, I don’t think the better team won tonight but it doesn’t really matter what I think,” said Kesler,

Key word: tonight.

May be true - Anaheim was playing well. But I also thought at least in two of Anaheim wins this series they weren’t the better team.

That’s why it’s a best of 7

Posted by TreKronor on 05/23/17 at 09:11 AM ET

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by the tears welling in Ryan Kesler’s eyes and the vacant stares of Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry after their efforts to mount yet another remarkable rally fell short in a 6-3 loss Monday.

It’s been a tough morning at work but this made my day.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/23/17 at 10:33 AM ET

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Listened to the post-game presser, Carlyle puts a lot of blame on the short turnaround time from game 7 in round two to game 1 in round three for the series loss

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 05/23/17 at 12:15 PM ET

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I am glad i cheered for the Preds.  What a bunch of poor losers and cheap shot artists. The best team did win without their 2 top 6 centers.  Kesler crying, impossible.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/23/17 at 12:21 PM ET

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Carlyle puts a lot of blame on the short turnaround time from game 7 in round two to game 1 in round three for the series loss

Better a short turnaround than being sent home, which has been the Ducks’ MO.

In any case, that’s why it’s a 7 Game Series. You gotta bounce back at some point, right?

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/23/17 at 12:25 PM ET

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