Beauchemin, Ducks ready for playoffs

Updated: April 10, 2009, 3:19 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

For weeks on end, what Francois Beauchemin did with his time could hardly be called hockey.

Around and around the nearly empty Honda Center ice he would move. Slowly at first. Small circles.

No crossovers, no stops and starts; nothing that would put the least bit of strain on his rebuilt left knee.

Around and around.

And as the 28-year-old made his often lonely journey around the rink, building up strength, the Anaheim Ducks found themselves ...

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