Game 7 disappointment has become a troubling trend in Anaheim. The good news is that the Anaheim Ducks have made it a round further in each of the last postseasons, but the bad news is their inability to close out in Games 6 and 7 have kept them from achieving a goal. It was a forgettable end to what was otherwise an unforgettable season. Here's how the Ducks graded out after the 2014-2015 campaign. -- Abbey Mastracco
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The Ducks were among the 12 highest-scoring teams in the league thanks in large part to secondary scoring depth. Aside from the big three of Ryan Getzlaf (70 regular season points), Corey Perry (55 points) and Ryan Kesler (47 points), Kesler's primary linemates of Matt Beleskey and Jakob Silfverberg both had breakout seasons that carried over into the postseason. On any given night against any given team, the Ducks were able to roll all four lines making them tough to match up against.
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Hampus Lindholm (pictured) has emerged as one of the top young defensemen in the game and it's no surprise considering the tutelage he had from his skating partner, the ageless Francois Beauchemin. Cam Fowler and Simon Despres were a surprisingly successful combination of strength and skill as well. But aside from the top four, Clayton Stoner, Sami Vatanen and James Wisniewski all struggled with consistency and a few others were sent packing for the same reason. A true, No. 1 shutdown defenseman would be a big addition to an already talented group.
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Special teams: C
The power play was amongst the worst in the regular season and after a brief resurgence in the postseason, the extra-man unit reverted back to its old ways. Should the veteran power quarterback find his way back into the regular lineup next season, a full season with Wisniewski (pictured) may help aid it. The Ducks allowed nine power play goals during the postseason and their penalty kill ultimately helped doom them in the final few games of the playoffs.
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Questions of whether or not Frederik Andersen is a true No. 1 goaltender have vanished after a postseason in which he played nearly every minute of every game. The decision to do away with Ilya Bryzgalov as the backup late in the season and bring up John Gibson pushed Andersen and brought out a competitive fire. He's learned how to handle being the everyday backstop and the only question now is whether or not Gibson will remain with the team as his backup.
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The leadership core of Getzlaf, Perry, Kesler and Beauchemin were the motor that made the Ducks go. It took the Ducks until the final weeks of the regular season to lose a one-goal game in regulation and they set an NHL single season record for third-period comeback victories. However, the team failed to appropriately prepare themselves for the most crucial games of the playoffs. Kesler (pictured) cited mental toughness, and it appears as though the team still has some growing to do in that area.
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Coach Bruce Boudreau led the Ducks to the best record in the Western Conference for the second-straight season. All season, he said he learned from his past postseason mistakes and it appears that he did: Boudreau stuck to a game plan and a lineup and never veered off course. The over-thinker label that he's been tagged with in the past may be going away. However, he has yet to win a Game 7 in the NHL and that stat will continue to follow him.
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Final grade: B+
Sure, the Ducks took too many penalties and they let games get away from them at times, but this was one of the strongest teams on and off the ice all season. They came back from nearly every deficit and overcame nearly every obstacle. They got to the brink and when it came down to it, they weren't yet ready to get to the top of the mountain. Anaheim didn't want it as bad as Chicago did in the Western Conference Final. But the Ducks won't go away quietly into any sort of rebuilding mode. This team is confident they can make it even deeper into the postseason next year.