Instead, they helped make history.
Nick Bonino and Devante Smith-Pelly scored 1:14 apart late in the third period to erase a 4-2 deficit before Bonino scored again 2:47 into overtime to lead the Ducks to an improbable 5-4 victory in Game 6 at American Airlines Center. Anaheim won the series 4-2 and will face either the San Jose Sharks or Los Angeles Kings in the second round.
The Ducks recorded the 10th multi-goal comeback of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (that's 24.4 percent of the 41 playoff games played). That is a record for the most such victories in the first round of the postseason; there were only eight such victories in the entire 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Overall, there have been 27 comeback wins this postseason.