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Something extra: Anaheim Ducks want playoff success to go with regular-season prowess

Tuesday, 09.24.2013 / 12:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Something extra: Anaheim Ducks want playoff success to go with regular-season prowess

ANAHEIM, Calif. - That brand-new Pacific Division title banner in the Honda Center rafters is going to mock the Anaheim Ducks until they figure out how to back up their regular-season prowess with playoff success.

With Teemu Selanne back for one last run at the Stanley Cup, the Ducks are eager to extend the Finnish Flash's final season well into the summer.

Anaheim went back to training camp this month still smarting from its seven-game loss to Detroit in the first round of last season's playoffs. The Ducks have still only won one playoff round since claiming their only NHL title in 2007 — none since 2009.

The best regular-season winning percentage in franchise history led to another early summer, and coach Bruce Boudreau is confident the Ducks are done with first-round flops.

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