Exactly. If you get to the finals like an Edmonton, learn from it, then go on to win the Cup, it was vital experience. But ultimately, what you're gloating about is the Cup win.
I don't need a "Championship" to validate my experience of watching hockey. Granted, it will when very nice when the Ducks win the Cup. But, it doesn't mean that if they don't this year, that the year means *squat*. I can enjoy the game for just the game's sake.