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Mike Harrington's Power Take: Ducks again show no lead is safe in Cup playoffs

Maybe you've already figured this one out but a major theme has emerged from the Stanley Cup Playoffs: Don't change the channel.

That old cliche about the 2-0 lead being the worst one in hockey has sure come true this spring. The Anaheim Ducks gave up the first two goals Sunday night but rallied for a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators to even the Western Conference final at one win apiece, and that's become the Ducks' way.

It was their fourth multi-goal comeback of the playoffs, one short of the all-time record of five set by the 1987 Philadelphia Flyers. The Ducks, of course, put up the mother of all comebacks with their 4-3 overtime win in Game Five of the second round over Edmonton -- becoming the first team in history to wipe out a 3-0 deficit in the final four minutes of regulation to win a playoff game.

Sunday's game was the 14th multi-goal comeback in 2017 and leaves us one shy of the record in that department (15 in 2014). It’s the old score effects argument. Teams get a lead, sit back and hope the clock runs out. Memo to coaches: Attacking seems like a better approach.

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