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Nasty feelings between Ducks, Predators remain very real

By in Press Enterprise on December 4, 2017

By Eric Stephens

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hate is a word that should not be used lightly and used only when it is apt.

But when it comes to the level of malevolent behavior that’s shared between Ducks and Nashville Predators whenever they meet on the ice, hate is a word that’s become part of the lexicon in an increasing bitter series.

The latest get together on Saturday night saw only four minutes expire before the first bit of rough play broke out, with the Ducks’ Andrew Cogliano – not known for physical aggression – objecting in combative fashion to Predators star Filip Forsberg falling over his goaltender.

It wasn’t an isolated moment. It only kicked off 60 minutes of shoves, jabs, chops and punches.

“We don’t like them in particular,” Ducks center Chris Wagner said. “You can see it when we play the Kings every time. A couple other teams. I don’t know. We have that kid on our class that we don’t get along with. That’s them.”

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But hate? Well, the 3-2 shootout win by the Predators at Bridgestone Arena brought back memories of the acrimonious six-game Western Conference finals. Or even this season’s first meeting at Honda Center, where six of the eight […]    

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