The Ducks wanted a strong start to Game 7 on Sunday night at the Honda Center. They took halting steps instead. They wanted to play with a lead, but had to play catch-up. They wanted to plant seeds of doubt in the minds of the Detroit Red Wings, but gave them confidence.

Naturally, the Red Wings played a significant role in the Ducks' struggles.

They made all the little plays that experienced teams need to win important games, blocking shots and winning battles for loose pucks along the boards and in front of both nets.

It added up to a 3-2 victory for the Red Wings in Game 7 and a four-games-to-three series win. The Red Wings advanced to play the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round, depriving the Ducks of a shot at dethroning the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings.

"I don't know what it would have meant to hockey in general, but it would have been a hell of a series," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau about squandering a chance to meet the Kings for the first time in the playoffs. "It would have taken other sports off the front page, for sure."

The Kings will face the San Jose Sharks.

Meanwhile, it was unclear if this was Teemu Selanne's final NHL game.

The future Hall of Fame right wing's contract with the Ducks ends July 1, two days before he turns 43. He declined to say if he would play another season after Sunday's defeat.
"It's a big decision again," Selanne said. "I'm going to take some time off and clear my head and think about what's the next step here. I don't really have to play, but this has been so much fun. I've just got to decide when is the time."

If this was Selanne's last game, then perhaps the sellout crowd of 17,412