Well, the first and most important thing we learned from Wednesday's rout of a woeful Edmonton team is that the victory gave the
Playoffs? We're talking about the playoffs?
Yes, we are. Because we learned some other things Wednesday that relate to the
1. The Ducks have learned their lessons from bowing out early the last two years: The Ducks haven't reached the
"It's just one part of the puzzle," said
2. This may be the best Ducks team ever, one built for a long playoff run: This team won't catch last year's for wins and points, but it may be better because it is extremely balanced. Take Wednesday's win, in which the Ducks got goals from five different players. They are fourth in the league in scoring and have four players with 20 or more goals and nine with 20 or more assists. Plus they have two excellent goaltenders in
3. The Ducks won't take the rest of the regular season off: The final three regular-season games won't be a vacation for
Added Boudreau of the challenge ahead: "That's got to be such a priority of hard work and everything else. Another two months of potential hard work. The core has seen that and they know what they have to go through. And they've been building up to it all season long. It's not going to be easy to do."