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Ducks lose with their best defenseman in the press box

Ducks lose with their best defenseman in the press box
Published On: Sun, Apr 15
Jun 24, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Max Jones is congratulated in the stands after being selected as the number twenty-four overall draft pick by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagra Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Ducks were destined for success in the playoffs, Cam Fowler was sure of it.

His club first had to qualify for the postseason, no easy task considering how tightly contested the spots were.

Of course, the Ducks accomplished that goal, but Fowler was injured before they even clinched a playoff berth. He missed the team's final three regular-season games because of a left shoulder injury and remained on the mend Saturday as the Ducks lost to the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in a first-round series at Honda Center.

The team's top defenseman still isn't practicing, and Fowler's been forced to watch the club's first two games from the press box. There's no way to truly replace such a pivotal player, and his absence was felt in a Game 1 loss. Without Fowler, the breakouts were few and far between.

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