The franchise played first came into the NHL for the 1993-94 season, when it was the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. It was an ugly first-outing for the Ducks. They were pummeled at home, losing 7-2 to the Detroit Red Wings.
After missing the playoffs the first three seasons, Anaheim —led by the dynamic duo of Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne— made its first playoff appearance in the 1996-97 season. The Ducks would win their first postseason series in seven games, beating the Phoenix Coyotes 3-0 in the deciding contest.
After struggling for a few season, Anaheim made a Cinderella run to the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals, coming up just short. Led by J.S. Giguere, and Kariya, the Ducks would lose to the New Jersey Devils in Game 7.
From 2005-06, Anaheim was one of the best franchises in the league. The team made the Western Conference Finals in 2006, but were bounced by the red-hot No. 8 seeded Edmonton Oilers in five games.
We all know what happened the following season.
The 2006-07 Ducks squad was loaded. Led by a stacked blue line that featured two of the all-time greats in Scot Niedermayer and Chris Pronger, along with a deep forward group that included Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, Anaheim rolled to a 110-point regular season, and followed that up with a dominant postseason. The Ducks only lost five games in the playoffs, and claimed the franchises first ever Stanley Cup.
There have been some very strong Anaheim teams since, including two which lost in the Western Conference Finals.
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