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Ducks win first Western Conference title

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 1:59 AM / Expert Picks

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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.

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This team has been a real treat to say you've been the head coach of them. I'm extremely proud of this group ... after the disappointment of (the Game 6 loss) is digested, it's always a lot easier as a coach when your team has emptied its tank, and that team emptied its tank for me for three months.

— Senators coach Dave Cameron after getting eliminated in the first round by the Canadiens