The Anaheim Ducks clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday night without playing a game. The Ducks were assured of a postseason berth when the Dallas Stars lost 4-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.
Anaheim (46-18-7) is in second place in the Pacific Division. The Ducks are four points behind the first-place San Jose Sharks, who beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Tuesday night, but have played three fewer games. Anaheim's next game is Wednesday night against the Calgary Flames in the opener of a three-game road trip.
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4