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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ducks Waddling Toward First Playoff Appearance

COMBINED REPORTS


ANAHEIM, California -- It isn't getting any easier to comb through the incredible tangle of the race for the Western Conference's last five Stanley Cup playoff spots, but the Anaheim Mighty Ducks know this: Now they have to win only three more.


They beat an appropriately nervous Vancouver Canucks team 2-0 Monday night and inched to two points behind the Winnipeg Jets, who hold the final spot. Guy Hebert's goaltending and goals by Steve Rucchin and Roman Oksiuta lifted the Ducks to victory. But as general manager Jack Ferreira rode the elevator to the dressing room afterward, he fairly grumbled.


"Can't get a break,'' he said.


He may have been referring to Monday night's other games. Winnipeg was losing to the St. Louis Blues in the final minute of regulation before scoring with five seconds left to tie, 2-2. And the Calgary Flames fell behind the Edmonton Oilers by two goals then rallied to win, 3-2, moving into a tie for sixth with Vancouver, three points ahead of the Ducks.


Panthers 5, Rangers 3. At Madison Square Garden, the Rangers rallied furiously in the third period but lost, 5-3, to the Florida Panthers. Its loss diminished the Rangers' hopes for first place in the Eastern Conference.


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Metallurg Magnitogorsk stayed alive in its final series against Dinamo Moscow with a 3-2 win Monday night at Luzhniki Ice Palace. Dinamo leads the best-of-five series two games to one.


Game four was scheduled for Wednesday night, with the fifth game, if necessary, on Thursday.


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(For other results, see Scorecard.)