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Ducks Seek Elusive Playoff Success Vs Stars Amidst Drought

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The Anaheim Ducks celebrate Ryan Getzlaf's game winning goal in overtime against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Honda Center on November 22, 2013 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks defeated the Lightning 1-0 in overtime. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Anaheim Ducks celebrate Ryan Getzlaf’s game winning goal in overtime against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Honda Center on November 22, 2013 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks defeated the Lightning 1-0 in overtime. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — From the moment Stephane Robidas was traded from the Dallas Stars to the Anaheim Ducks last month, he realized he might end up facing his former teammates in the first round of the playoffs.

Although the veteran defenseman is giving up everything he knows about the wild-card Stars, Robidas realizes his postseason fate rests on the powerhouse Ducks’ will, not any special knowledge of an upstart opponent that had Anaheim’s number in the regular season.

The Ducks earned the Western Conference’s top record and another Pacific Division title, setting records for wins while finishing one point behind Boston for the Presidents’ Trophy. None of it means anything to captain Ryan Getzlaf unless Anaheim gets past Dallas.

Anaheim hosts the Stars in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

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