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Ducks win first Western Conference title

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 1:59 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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Ducks win first Western Conference title
The Anaheim Ducks wrapped up the first Western Conference regular-season title in franchise history when they went into overtime Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings, a game they ultimately won 4-3 in a shootout at Staples Center.

The Anaheim Ducks wrapped up the first Western Conference regular-season title in franchise history when they went into overtime Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings, a game they ultimately won 4-3 in a shootout at Staples Center.

They entered the night needing one point to close out the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues, each of which entered the night one point behind Anaheim.

The 2006-07 Ducks, who won the only Stanley Cup in franchise history, finished second to the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference during the regular season with 110 points. This season's team has a franchise-record 114 with a home game remaining against the Avalanche on Sunday, and its .703 winning percentage is also a franchise record, regardless of the outcome in the season finale.

Anaheim will play the Dallas Stars in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Ducks finished with a 22-4-3 record within the Pacific Division, the best mark of any team against any division. Anaheim also has the NHL's best record in intraconference games, going 34-12-3 (.724) against the rest of the Western Conference.

Anaheim has scored a club-record 260 non-shootout goals; the previous franchise high was 254 in '06-07.

Quote of the Day

For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.

— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday
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