A sense of relief, mixed with exhaustion, came from the Ducks’ dressing room after it finally ended.
The Ducks have talked strictly about getting to the playoffs, so their fifth straight Pacific Division title earned with a 4-3 win against the Kings on a drama-filled Sunday finale was gravy.
They fought off a die-hard Kings team in announcer Bob Miller’s final game, clinched the division just by going to overtime and got Shea Theodore’s overtime goal for good measure. The Ducks will play the Calgary Flames on Thursday in the first round, but not without some reflection.
“We went through a lot of ups and downs this year,” forward Ryan Getzlaf said. “We grew as a group...