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The [[2005–06 NHL season|2005–06]] season saw the Ducks trade away big-name players with big contracts such as [[Petr Sykora]] and [[Sergei Fedorov]] in favor of younger players such as [[Ryan Getzlaf]], [[Corey Perry]], [[Chris Kunitz]], and [[Joffrey Lupul]]. The Ducks had a rough start to season, but the plan was ultimately successful; the Ducks became one of the best teams in the league down the stretch and ended up the sixth seed in the West. In an interesting playoff where the bottom 4 seeds knocked off the top 4 seeds, The Ducks beat the heavily favored [[Calgary Flames]] in seven games and [[Colorado Avalanche]] in a sweep on a run through the playoffs, only to be stopped in the conference finals by the [[Edmonton Oilers]] in five games, who had swept the Ducks in the regular season series. The team banked on its youth again, seeing Lupul, Getzlaf, Kunitz, and [[Ilya Bryzgalov]] turn in stellar performances. In fact, Bryzgalov took over the starting job from Giguere during game 5 of the Calgary series and broke Giguere's 2003 record shutout streak.
 
The [[2005–06 NHL season|2005–06]] season saw the Ducks trade away big-name players with big contracts such as [[Petr Sykora]] and [[Sergei Fedorov]] in favor of younger players such as [[Ryan Getzlaf]], [[Corey Perry]], [[Chris Kunitz]], and [[Joffrey Lupul]]. The Ducks had a rough start to season, but the plan was ultimately successful; the Ducks became one of the best teams in the league down the stretch and ended up the sixth seed in the West. In an interesting playoff where the bottom 4 seeds knocked off the top 4 seeds, The Ducks beat the heavily favored [[Calgary Flames]] in seven games and [[Colorado Avalanche]] in a sweep on a run through the playoffs, only to be stopped in the conference finals by the [[Edmonton Oilers]] in five games, who had swept the Ducks in the regular season series. The team banked on its youth again, seeing Lupul, Getzlaf, Kunitz, and [[Ilya Bryzgalov]] turn in stellar performances. In fact, Bryzgalov took over the starting job from Giguere during game 5 of the Calgary series and broke Giguere's 2003 record shutout streak.
   
On January 26, [[2006]], the team announced, effective with the 2006–07 season, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim would change their name to the Anaheim Ducks. This included logo and team color changes which were unveiled at a special ceremony five months later. Many Ducks fans successfully petitioned the Samuelis to keep Wildwing as the current mascot because of the team's recent success and as a link to the past. Along with the new name, their home ice (the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim) was renamed [[Honda Center]] as Arrowhead Water's naming rights had expired.
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On January 26, [[2006]], the team announced, effective with the 2006–07 season, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim would change their name to the Anaheim Ducks. This included logo and team color changes which were unveiled at a special ceremony five months later. Many Ducks fans successfully petitioned the Samuelis to keep [[Wildwing]] as the current mascot because of the team's recent success and as a link to the past. Along with the new name, their home ice (the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim) was renamed [[Honda Center]] as [[Arrowhead Water]]'s naming rights had expired.
   
 
====2006–07: The Stanley Cup arrives in Anaheim====
 
====2006–07: The Stanley Cup arrives in Anaheim====
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