Last season the Ducks showed that they were going to be a team to be reckoned with in the NHL West. Were it not for a team in Chicago having one of the greatest seasons in the history of the NHL, they would have been in the mix for the No. 1 seed in the conference as the playoffs began. The team looked destined for a showdown with the Blackhawks to decide who went to the Stanley Cup Finals. And then it all went wrong.
A seven-game series with Detroit in the first round turned out to be the end of the season for the Ducks. As for the reason for the team's early departure, there are several theories; some say that the Ducks' downfall came from playing it's starting goalie in all seven games, even though he had never played more than four games in a row during the regular season. Others simply credit a veteran Red Wings team for coming up big when everyone else had counted them out. Whatever the reason, the Ducks had to feel disappointed as their season came to an early end. N
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