Originally posted on On the Duck Pond  |  Last updated 4/23/13
It took them a little longer than expected, but the Ducks finally clinched the Pacific Division title on Monday.  They also assured themselves of the number two spot in the Western Conference, which means home ice at least in the first two rounds of the playoffs (assuming they make it past round one).  Breathe a little sigh of relief that the team is back on track.  Finally. After four losses in a row, the Ducks took a mini time-out before back to back games in Edmonton and whatever they did, it worked.  With a 3-0 shutout, the Ducks played two very good games in Edmonton and have seemingly righted the ship that was going askew. "I think it was certainly important to win the division," said Francois Beauchemin, " but it was more important to get back to playing the way we know we can.  It was a good two games for us, and that's what's most important." Nothing much changed between Sunday and Monday except the goaltenders.  Viktor Fasth took over in net for Anaheim and Nikolai Khabibulin got the nod for Edmonton. Fasth earned his fourth shut out of the year with a stellar effort against the Oilers, stopping 24 shots.  Fasth's teammates blocked another 25 shots, in a a strong defensive effort. Ryan Getzlaf had a power play goal at 6:13 of the first period and Radek Dvorak extended the lead at 11:48.   It was Dvorak's fourth of the year in just eight games played, all of his goals coming against his former teams. Sami Vatanen got his second of the year at 3:55 of the third period, giving a little more breathing room for the Ducks.  The Ducks now finish up the season in Vancouver on Thursday and a final game at home on Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes. Their first round opponent is yet to be determined, but they will likely start at home next Tuesday night.  "I didn't really know what to expect when I first came in," said Fasth.  "Everything happened so fast.  But it's been a fun season so far.  I think we're going to have even more fun in the playoffs." Teemu Selanne, a veteran of many playoffs, had the right perspective. "Good so far, but a lot of hard work ahead for sure.  We have to be ready.  The toughest part is coming up." At least the Ducks look like they are ready. In other notes:  Bobby Ryan was out with the flu, which is why Dvorak was reinserted into the line up.    
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NCAA frees Kansas blue chipper Cheick Diallo

Rockets hold in-season training camp in attempt to rebound from disastrous start

Kansas City Chiefs: No Jamaal Charles, no problem

How the Warriors can win 72 games

Frank Gifford suffered from CTE, family announces

Syracuse basketball gets one scholarship per year back


LeBron James says his back feels better than it did a year ago

Sean Payton on firing Rob Ryan: Status quo ‘would be madness’

Report: Blue Jackets listening to offers for Ryan Johansen

Report: Greg Hardy cancels club event after 'catching heat'

Jed Lowrie returning to Oakland after A's-Astros trade

Mike Pettine discusses Johnny Manziel’s present, future

Jimmy Butler wants Mason Plumlee to pay his $2,500 fine

Jose Bautista's bat flip inspires a holiday sweater

The Kristaps Porzingis comparison project

What’s next for Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns?

Gisele Bundchen asks Tom Brady ‘all the time’ why he still plays football

Highlighting the biggest NFL games of Week 12

Greg Olsen calls Jason Witten 'the epitome of a pro'

Are Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux growing apart?

Stop sleeping on Giannis Antetokounmpo

Worst-case scenarios for end of college football season

Capitals, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis opposed to 'meddling'

Thanksgiving college hoops: An alternative to the NFL

Gronk: Takes mental toughness not to overeat on Thanksgiving

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Gronk: Takes mental toughness not to overeat on Thanksgiving

Blue Jays fans create website in effort to keep David Price

The five most overrated teams in the Week 13 coaches' poll

10 storylines for Week 13 of the college football season

Ranking the 10 best games of 2015 college football rivalry week

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

Mike Trout, four years in

Tom Brady on ‘Rex Ryan!’ line call: It’s ‘in the playbook’

Five NFL teams trending downward

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker