Anaheim Ducks begin playoff run with loss to Nashville Predators

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Lubomir Visnovsky #17 of the Anaheim Ducks is pursued by Sergei Kostitsyn #74 of the Nashville Predators for the puck in the first period of Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 13, 2011 in Anaheim, California.

The Anaheim Ducks began their run for the NHL’s Stanley Cup last night. They lost while hosting the Nashville Predators at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

The Ducks hoisted the Stanley Cup four years ago. Back then, they had some solid skaters and a goaltender who stood on his head.

This time around, the team has some big-time scorers, like Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan, but the team’s goalies have been dealing with injuries, which could be a problem.

The Los Angeles Kings, who face the number-two-in-the-West San Jose Sharks, have some issues of their own. They’re missing their top two goal scorers – Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams – because of injuries.

But this year is unique. This is the first time ever that both the Ducks and the Kings have made it to the playoffs in the same year. In the past, it’s been one or the other, but not both.

And this year, with the Kings, Ducks and Sharks all in the mix, there are more California teams in the NHL playoffs than there are Canadian teams.

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