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Ed Willes: Murray aims to pluck foul from the fowl as aging Ducks try to regroup

Sure, the names and faces were familiar: Getzlaf, Perry, Kesler, his guys, the core of a team that went to Game 6 of the Western Conference Final two years ago.

So Murray had to find out if it was still there — if the DNA of a winning team still existed in the Ducks — and he couldn’t make that determination from his office.

Heading into Wednesday’s affair, the Ducks were riding a confounding 2-15-4 stretch that has dropped them from their usual playoff berth to last place in the West.

That was disturbing enough for Murray, but the bigger picture — goalie John Gibson, the team’s most indispensable player, is out with a suspected concussion; veteran stalwarts Ryan Kesler and Corey Perry have been gutted by injuries — is equally bleak.

Old friend Ryan Miller, who’s just back from missing 24 games with a sprained MCL, serves as Boyle’s backup.

The Anaheim Ducks have to “take it personally” that longtime head coach Randy Carlyle got fired over the team’s poor performance, says Ryan Kesler.Jae C. Hong / AP

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