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Not the happiest place anymore

Originally Published: August 16, 2004
By Tom Wheatley | Special to ESPN.com

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Within 12 months, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks yo-yoed almost as far as you can go -- up and down -- on the success meter.

Having shocked the NHL by reaching the Stanley Cup finals in 2003, they re-shocked the NHL by crashing to 12th in the Western Conference, 25 points out of a 2004 playoff spot.

This Disney rocket ride was dizzying times two. And with any first-to-almost-worst adventure, it was a team effort in both directions.

Coach Mike Babcock's team wound up ...

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