1993/94: Once thought a failed experiment, Southern California benefiting from the greater fan interest after Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, landed a second team as the Disney Corporation was given expansion team to play near Disneyland in Anaheim. However, most hockey purists cringed when they found out they would be named after a hockey-themed kid’s movie entitled Mighty Ducks. The NHL Mighty Ducks first took the ice on October 8th losing to the Detroit Red Wings 7-2 before a sold out crowd at the Arrowhead Pond. The expansion Ducks would have a surprisingly strong first season as won an expansion record 19 games on the road while posting a record of 33-46-5. Along the way the Mighty Ducks would sweep two games against the eventual Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers, proving how competitive the team could be.
1994/95: After a solid first season Mighty Ducks fans had to wait longer then expected for their second season as a four month lockout put the season in limbo. When the season finally started in January, Paul Karyia the Mighty Ducks very first draft pick out of the University of Maine was ready for his NHL debut. Karyia instantly became the Ducks best player leading the team in scoring with 18 goals, and 21 assists. However, the Mighty Ducks would struggle in their second season finishing in last place with a record of 16-27-5.
1995/96: Paul Karyia continued to establish himself as a star as he finished seventh in the NHL in scoring with 50 goals and 58 assists. With the Mighty Ducks in contention for a playoff spot, management decided to add another goal scoring superstar as they acquired Teemu Selanne from the Winnipeg Jets for Oleg Tverdovsky and Chad Kilger. Selanne would post 36 points in just 28 games with the Ducks. However it would not be enough to earn a playoff berth as the Mighty Ducks missed the playoffs by a tiebreaker to the Jets with a record of 35-39-8.
1996/97: In his first full season with the Mighty Duck Teemu Selanne led the team in scoring with 51 goals and 58 assists, as Paul Karyia added 99 points of his own despite missing 13 games to lead the Mighty Ducks to their first ever winning season, while finishing in 2nd place with a record of 36-33-13. In the first ever playoff game the Mighty Ducks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 at the Pond. The Ducks would also win Game 2 at home to take a 2-0 series lead. However, the Ducks would struggle in Phoenix as the Coyotes won both games to tie the series. Not even returning to the Pond could help the Ducks in Game 5 as they fell behind in the series with a 5-2 loss. However, facing elimination in overtime Paul Karyia forced a 7th game with a dramatic goal in overtime. Back at the Pond in Game 7 the Ducks blanked the Coyotes 3-0 to advance to the second round. However, in the second round it would be the Mighty Ducks who were blanked as they were swept in four straight by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wins. However, three of the four losses were in overtime giving Ducks fans reason to be proud.
1997/98: The Mighty Ducks would get off to a shaky start as they had trouble signing Paul Karyia to a contract, forcing their star player to hold out. The Karyia hold out had to be especially disappointing for fans in Tokyo, who had hoped to see the star with Asian ancestry as the Mighty Ducks faced the Vancouver Canucks in the first two games ever played in Japan at the start of the season. The Ducks and Canucks would split two games, but without Karyia the Ducks would struggle posting a 12-18-6 record before they were able to sign him on December 22nd. However, Karyia would play just 22 games as he suffered an injury that ended all hopes of a return to the playoffs as the Ducks finished in sixth place with a disappointing record of 26-43-13.
1998/99: Paul Karyia would bounce back from a year of holdouts and injuries to score 101 points as he finished second on the Ducks in scoring to Teemu Selanne, who had 107 points to lead the Mighty Ducks to their second playoff berth in three years with a record of 35-34-13 good enough for third place in the Pacific Division. However, in the playoffs the Mighty Ducks would be mauled by the Detroit Red Wings in four straight games, as they were out scored 17-6.
1999/00: Despite solid seasons from Paul Karyia and Teemu Selanne the Mighty Ducks would struggle all season playing mediocre hockey as they finished in last place with a disappointing record of 34-36-12-3.
2000/01: The Mighty Ducks continued to wallow in last place as management decided to retool trading away Teemu Selanne who was in the middle of a solid season to the San Jose Sharks for Steve Shields, wing Jeff Friesen and draft picks. After the trade the Ducks continued to struggle as Paul Karyia missed 16 games due to injury, finishing with a 25-41-11-5 record which was worse then the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild.
2001/02: The Mighty Ducks continued to struggle as they finished in last place for the third consecutive season with a record of 29-42-8-3. However, quietly the Ducks had a strong second half as Jean-Sebastien Giguere established himself as the starting goalie with a solid 2.13 GAA, while posting a 20-25-6 record. After the strong finish General Manager Bryan Murray decided to be aggressive in the off-season as they signed veteran free agent Adam Oates and acquired Petr Sykora from the New Jersey Devils for Jeff Friesen and Oleg Tverdovsky.
2002/03: With the new additions came a new coach, as Mike Babcock took over behind the bench. The new acquisitions worked as the Mighty Ducks played solid hockey getting off to a 15-10-6-3 start. However, the Ducks felt they still needed to improve so they acquire Sandis Ozolinsh at the All-Star Break from the Florida Panthers. The Ozolinsh trade would vastly improve the Ducks on defense, as they were the strongest team in NHL during the second half. Still the Ducks felt they needed to make more moves and on trade deadline they acquired Steve Thomas and Rob Niedermayer for a playoff run, as the team completed it’s best season in franchise history by finishing in second place with a 40-27-9-6 record. Despite their solid record the Mighty Ducks entered the playoffs as heavy underdogs as the 7th seed facing the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings. In Game 1 in Detroit the Red Wings peppered Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere with 64 shots, however just 1 got by as the Mighty Ducks stole Game 1 in triple overtime on a goal by Paul Kariya. In Game 2 Giguere was solid again, stopping 34 shots as the Ducks overcame a 2-1 deficit entering the 3rd period to grab a 2-0 series lead. As the series shifted to the Pond it was more of the same as Giguere stopped 36 shots as the Ducks held on to win Game 3 by a score of 2-1. With a stunning 3-0 lead the Mighty Ducks completed the sweep with a 3-2 win in overtime on a goal by Steve Rucchin as Giguere stopped another 32 shots. For the entire series Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped an incredible 165 out of 171 shots. After stunning the Detroit Red Wings the Mighty Ducks were matched up against the top seeded Dallas Stars. Once again the Ducks were a heavy underdog as they jumped out to a 3-1 lead in Game 1. However, the Stars would rally and force overtime, there Jean-Sebastien Giguere rose to the occasion again stopping a total of 60 shots as the game stayed tied through four overtimes. Finally 48 seconds into the fifth overtime the Ducks would win the game on a dramatic goal be Petr Sykora. Game 2 would also go to overtime as the Ducks took a 2-0 series lead with an overtime goal by Mike LeClerc. However, the Ducks let a golden opportunity for a 3-0 slip away as they dropped Game 3 at home. Game 4 would be a scoreless battle as Giguere stopped 28 shots before Mike LeClerc scored the games only goal with 1:47 left in regulation. After losing Game 5 in Dallas the Mighty Ducks completed the upset at the Pond as Sandis Ozolinsh scored with 1:06 left to give the Ducks a 4-3 win in Game 6. In a Western Conference Final of Cinderella Teams the Mighty Ducks and Minnesota Wild battled into double overtime without either team scoring a goal. Once again overtime would be the Ducks domain as Petr Sykora scored the game winner 8:06 in to second Overtime. In Game 2 Jean-Sebastien Giguere would continue to confound the Wild stopping 24 shots for a 2-0 win in Game 2. In Game 3 the Pond was in a frenzy as Giguere recorded his third straight shutout as the Ducks grabbed a 3-0 lead with a 4-0 win. Giguere would finally allow a goal in Game 4 but the Ducks completed the sweep with a 2-1 win to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
2003 Stanley Cup Finals: Between the last game of the Western Conference Finals and the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils the Mighty Ducks had a 10-day layoff. While the Devils were battling through a tough Eastern Finals the Ducks were basking in the sun of Hollywood as the became the darlings of Hollywood with the elimination of the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere who went form unknown to superstar in the playoffs even made an appearance on Jay Leno as he already had the Conn Smythe award for Playoff MVP in his pocket. However, the 10-day layoff appeared to negatively affect the Ducks as they lost each of the first two games 3-0, while being held to just 31 shots. Making matters worse former Duck Jeff Friesen scored three of the Devils six goals seemingly mocking the Ducks each time he scored. Desperately needing to turn things around the Ducks finally got on the board in the second period of Game 3 at the Pond as Marc Choinard tipped in a pass from Sandis Ozolinsh. Ozolinsh would add a goal of his own beating Devils goalie Martin Brodeur who fumbled his stick from center ice. However, the Ducks would need overtime where Jean-Sebastien Giguere set a single playoff record for not allowing a goal in overtime, before Ruslan Salei scored of an Adam Oates face-off win to get the Ducks back into the series. Game would also go to overtime, before Steve Thomas scored the game’s lone goal off a rebound 39 second into Overtime to give even the series. Back in New Jersey for Game 5 the Ducks carried the momentum as Adam Oates won another face-off to set Petr Sykora for a goal jus 42 second into the game. However, Jean-Sebastien Giguere had his worst game of the entire playoffs as the Devils took a 3-2 series lead win a 6-3 win. Back in Anaheim for Game 6 the Duck exploded for three first period goals. The Devils would cut the lead to 3-1 in 2nd period when Paul Karyia seemed to be knocked out by a crushing hit from Scott Stevens. However Karyia would return a few minutes later and salted the game away with his first goal of the finals as the Ducks forced a seventh game with a 5-2 win. Game 7 appeared to be more like the first two games, as both teams didn’t score a goal in the first period. The Devils would final break the deadlock in the second period as Mike Rupp and Jeff Friesen scored to give the Devils a 2-0 lead. In Game 3 the Devils just played keep away as the Ducks never got a real good scoring opportunity before Friesen again haunted his old team by scoring with 3:44 left to give the Devils a 3-0 win as the home team won all seven games of the finals. Despite losing Game 7 in the finals Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere would still receive the Conn Smythe.
2003/04: Coming off their loss in the Stanley Cup Finals the Mighty Ducks were stunned by the departure of longtime Captain Paul Kariya who signed a Free Agent deal with former teammate Teemu Selanne with the Colorado Avalanche. To replace Kariya the Ducks signed another marquee NHL star in Sergei Fedorov of the Detroit Red Wings. However, Fedorov struggled early as the Ducks got off to a slow start losing their first five games. The Ducks would play better as October close, but could not get their head above water as they only had a winning record for two days at the end of November. After ending December with a 13-15-4-5 record the Ducks struggle got worse in January as they won just three of 16 games. The Mighty Ducks would not be able to recover as they ended up missing the playoffs and finishing in fourth place with a disappointing record of 29-35-10-8. Among the Ducks who disappointed was Conn Smythe goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere who posted a 17-31-6 record with a 2.62 GAA.
2004/05: Season Cancelled Due to Lock Out
2005/06: Coming out of the Lock Out the Mighty Ducks looked to rebound and get back into the playoffs after a disappointing 2003/04 season. Helping to restore optimism was the return of Teem Selanne and the signing of defensive stalwart Scott Neidermayer who was immediately named team Captain. However, the Ducks got off to a slow start as Sergei Fedorov continued to disappoint before being dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets Tyler Wright and Francois Beauchemin. The deal seemed to revive the Ducks as if it were addition by subtraction as they climbed back to .500 at the end of November. After a mediocre December the Ducks began to make their move in January as they only lost twice in regulation to get back into playoff contention at 24-17-10. Following the Olympic break the Ducks got even stronger winning 10 of 13, as they seemed to be gettting better each passing month, as they qualified for the playoffs with a record 43-27-12 setting a new franchise record for points at 98, as Teemu Selanne who had a team high 40 goals was awarded with the Masterton Trophy for Dedication to the sport of hockey. In the playoff the Ducks continued to rotate goalies with Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Ilya Bryzgalov sharing time through the first five games of a first round match up against the heavily favored Calgary Flames. The Ducks managed to hang tough but faced elimination down 3-2 heading into a sixth game at the Pond. With Bryzgalov getting the start the Ducks were able to force a seventh game with a solid defensive effort to win 2-1. Bryzgalov would remain the starter in Game 7 in Calgary as the Ducks defense again extinguished the Flames allowing just 22 shots as the Ducks completed the upset with a 3-0 win. Coach Randy Carlyle continued to use Bryzgalov in the second round against the Colorado Avalanche as the Ducks jumped out to 2-0 series lead with two home shutouts. The Avalanche would finally solve Ilya Bryzgalov in Game 3, but the Ducks would win in overtime 4-3, as Joffrey Lopul scored all four goals for the Anaheim, who would go on to complete the sweep with a 4-1 win in Game 4 to send the Mighty Ducks to the Conference Finals for the second time in franchise history. Sweeping the Avalanche had one negative side effect in that the Ducks were off for eight days before they faced the Edmonton Oilers at home in Game 1. The Ducks would look rusty as the Oilers took the first two games in Anaheim with 3-1 scores. In Game 3 in Edmonton the Ducks defense would unravel as the Oilers 3 goals in the first five minutes of the 3rd period to take a 4-0 lead. The Ducks would rally would Oilers would hold off the charge for a 5-4 win to take a 3-0 series lead. With J.S. Giguere back in the nets for Game 4 the Ducks avoided the sweep with a 6-3 win. However the hole would prove too deep to climb out as the Ducks lost the series in five games. Following the season the Ducks would raid the very same Oilers for talent landing Chris Pronger in a blockbuster trade as they got new uniforms, and dropped the Mighty from their name.
2006/07: With the addition of Chris Pronger expectations in Anaheim went through the roof, as the newly redubed Anaheim Ducks, were the overwhelming favorites at the start of the season to win the Stanley Cup. With a new black and orange color scheme the Ducks did not disappoint getting off to a fast start as they earned at least one point in each of their first 16 games starting 12-0-4. Through the first three months the Ducks were cruising in first place with a 27-4-6 record on December 20th. However, as the New Year began the Ducks hit a rough stretch, dealing with injuries to key players like Captain Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. However, thanks to their strong start the Ducks emerged from the injuries still holding on to first place as they finished the season strong posting a franchise best record of 48-20-14, as they won their first ever division championship. Success in the regular season was nice, but unfulfilling for the Ducks as they entered the playoffs with a Stanley Cup of bust mindset. In the first round the Ducks faced off with the Minnesota Wild, and found themselves in a tough battle in Game 1, as they were unable to solve Goalie Niklas Backstrom for most of the game, as he stopped 32 shots. However, with a little over five minutes remaining Dustin Penner gave the Ducks a solid 2-1 win. The Ducks would go on to win the first three games of the series by one goal as the seventh seed Wild gave the Ducks all they could handle. After Ilya Bryzgalov struggled in a 4-1 loss in Game 4, Jean-Sebastien Giguere took over and led the way to a 4-1 win as the Ducks took the opening round series in five games. In the second round the Ducks were matched up against the Vancouver Canucks who were led by Goalie Roberto Luongo who was more then capable of stealing the series from the heavily favored Ducks. The Ducks would deliver a strong statement in Game 1 beating the Canucks 5-1 led by a hat trick by Andy McDonald. However, Game 2 would demonstrate just how dangerous Luongo could be as he stopped 43 shots from the Ducks, who were stunned in double overtime 2-1 on a goal by Jeff Cowan. Game 3 in Vancouver would be another battle as the game was tied 2-2 in the third period, before the Ducks took the lead for good on a power play goal by Corey Perry. The Ducks and Canucks would go to overtime again in Game 4, but this time things would be different as Travis Moen gave the Ducks a 3-1 series lead by netting the game winner at 2:07. Back in Anaheim for Game 5 the Ducks and Canucks would go deep into overtime again, as the Niedermayer brothers teamed up to get the Ducks back into the Conference Finals, as Scott Niedermayer scored the game winner at 4:30 of double Overtime after a big hit from Rob Niedermayer.
2006/07: Facing the top seeded Detroit Red Wings in the Conference Finals the Ducks found themselves in an early hole losing Game 1 on the road 2-1. Facing the prospects of falling behind 0-2, the Niedermayers again teamed up in overtime as Rob assisted on Scott’s game winner at 14:17 as the Ducks evened the series with a 4-3 win. As the series shifted to Anaheim the Ducks delivered their worst performance of the playoffs in Game 3 losing 5-0. In Game 4 the Ducks would get off to a better start leading 3-1 after the first period. However, the Wings would score twice as the game was tied 3-3 entering a critical third period. Desperately needing a spark the Ryan Getzlaf gave the Ducks a lead on a power play goal early in the final period, as they would go on to even the series with a 5-3 win. Game 5 in Detroit would prove to be the swing game of the series, as the Red Wings outplayed the Ducks, but only had a 1-0 lead in 3rd Period thanks to the play of Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who stopped 33 of 34 shots. Facing the prospect of falling behind 3-2 in the series the Ducks pulled Giguere in the final minute and finally broke through tying the game with 47.3 seconds left on a goal by Scott Niedermayer, as the Ducks benefited from having a 6-4 skater advantage with a power play. In overtime the Ducks would turn things around out shooting the stunned Wings 8-3, as Teemu Selanne scored the game winner unassisted after a turnover by Andreas Lilja to give the Ducks a 3-2 series lead. In Game 6 with a chance to reach the finals the Ducks got off to a fast start taking a 3-0 lead into the 3rd Period. However, the Wings desperately trying to fight would score three times in the third period as the Ducks needed several big saves from Giguere to hold on to a 4-3 win. In the Stanley Cup Finals the Ducks would face the Ottawa Senators. In Game 1 at the Honda Center the Ducks fell behind early as Mike Fisher scored just 98 seconds into the game. Trailing 2-1 entering the 3rd Period the Ducks would tie the game on a goal by Ryan Getzlaf, before taking the lead with three minutes left on a goal by Travis Moen, who was assisted by the Niedermayer brothers. Game 2 would be a battle of goalies as Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Ray Emery both put up brick walls as they game was scoreless until late in the 3rd Period when Sammy Pahlsson gave the Ducks a 1-0 win with 5:44 left. After dropping Game 3 in Ottawa 5-3, the Ducks took a 3-1 stranglehold of the series thanks in part to two goals in one minute by Andy McDonald in the second period as the Ducks won the game 3-2 on a 3rd Period goal by Dustin Penner. Expecting a party in Game 5, Honda Center was rocking from beginning to end as the Ducks jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead, and were never challenged skating away with a 6-2 win to give California it’s first sip from the Stanley Cup, as celebrities that would usually be found at a Lakers game filled the Pond. Captain Scott Neidermayer who helped break Anaheim’s heart four years earlier with the New Jersey Devils would win the Conn Smythe. However, his most satisfying moment had to be handing the Cup to his younger brother Rob who was winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in his career.
2007/08: Coming off their Stanley Cup Championship the Ducks began the season shorthanded as Teemu Selanne and Scott Neidermayer were pondering retirement and did not join the team for the first few months. When the season began the Ducks were in London facing the Los Angeles Kings, in the first regular season games in Europe. The Ducks would split the games, as they were also without Goalie Jean-Sebastien, as the Ducks got off to a slow start, posting a 4-7-2 record in October. The Ducks would show signs of improvement in November, but continued to thread water, until Scott Niedermayer returned on December 14th. Within a few games the Ducks fortunes began to turn as they put together a four game winning streak. In January they would top themselves, winning six in a row, as they took eight of their first nine games in the New Year. Teemu Selanne would return at the end of January as the Ducks continued to take on their championship look in February where they posted a 10-2-1 record. The Ducks would go on to make the playoffs with a solid record of 47-27-8. In the playoffs the Ducks would face the Dallas Stars in the first round. However, the Ducks struggled badly in Game 1, losing at home 4-0. They would not play much better in Game 2, losing that one 5-2. As the series shifted to Dallas, the Ducks finally broke through, winning 4-2, as Chris Pronger scored two goals, with an assist. However, a 3-1 loss in Game 4 had them facing elimination when they returned to the Honda Center in Game 5. The Ducks would finally win a home game, winning 5-2, but it was too little too late as the Stars won Game 6 in Dallas 4-2 to end the Ducks championship reign.
2008/09: The Ducks stumble out of the gate dropping their first four games, on the way, and five of their first six games. However, thanks to four straight wins on an Eastern Road trip the Ducks were able to get back on track by the end of October. In November the Ducks played solid hockey, winning eight games. However, as Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere continued to struggle, back up Jonas Hiller saw more time in the nets and made the most of it, winning seven straight starts. Hiller and Giguere would continue to split the duties in December, as the Ducks scuffled and entered the New Year with a 19-15-4 record. The Ducks mediocre play would continue into March, as they found themselves in danger of missing the playoffs. Hoping to shake things up the Ducks dealt away Chris Kunitz, Samuel Pahlsson and Travis Moen at the trade deadline. Following the deals the Ducks began to find their game, as Jonas Hiller was chosen as the team’s number one goalie. Thanks to an 11-3-1 record in the last 15 games the Ducks would slip into the playoffs with the eighth seed as they finished the season with a record of 42-33-7. Facing the San Jose Sharks who won the President’s Trophy for posting the best record in the NHL, the Ducks got off to a quick start in the playoffs, winning 2-0 in Game 1 on the road, as Jonas Hiller stopped all 35 shots. Hiller was outstanding again in Game 2, stopping 42 of 44 shots as the Ducks won again 3-2 to take a 2-0 lead down to Anaheim. However, in Game 3 the Ducks suffered a letdown, losing 4-3. Hiller and the Ducks would recover to win Game 4, as the Ducks Goalie continued to confound the Ducks stopping all 31 shots in a 4-0 shutout that gave the eighth seeded Ducks a commanding 3-1 series lead. With a chance to close the series in five games, the Ducks suffered a setback as the Sharks won 3-2 in overtime. However, it was just a minor bump in the road, as the Ducks completed the upset with a 4-1 win in Game 6, as Hiller stopped 36 of 37 shots in Game 6. Facing the Detroit Red Wings in the second round, Hiller was stellar again in Game 2, stopping 59 shots, as the Ducks won in triple overtime 4-3 to earn a split of the first two games in Detroit. As the series shifted to Anaheim, Jonas Hiller continued to steal games; stopping 45 of 46 shots, as the Ducks took a 2-1 series lead win a 2-1 win in Game 3. The defending champion Wings would rebound to win the next two games to put the Ducks on the brink in Game 6. After struggling in Game 4 and Game 5 Jonas Hiller had another outstanding night stopping 38 of 39 shots as the Ducks won 2-1 to send the series to a seventh game. In Game 7 the Ducks fell behind early 3-1, but battled back tying the game 3-3 on a goal by Bobby Ryan midway through the 3rd Period. However, it was not meant to be as Daniel Cleary beat Jonas Hiller with three minutes remaining to give the Red Wings a 4-3 win to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Following the season the Ducks began to payroll and traded Chris Pronger to the Philadelphia Flyers for Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa and three draft picks.
2009/10: After their strong playoff showing the Ducks looked to carry the momentum. However, early struggles would tell the story as the season become one of transition in Anaheim. Among the Ducks who played poorly was Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who did not earn a win until November 23rd. With Guguere struggling, Jonas Hiller saw more playing time and eventually wrestled the starting job away. With Hiller starting every game the Ducks began to turn their season around in January, as they climbed above .500 by winning seven out of eight games in January. The Ducks would go on to trade Giguere to the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 31st for Jason Blake and Vesa Toskala. With Hiller continuing to play well the Ducks entered the Olympic Break with a record of 30-25-7. However, after the break the Ducks slumped with five straight losses as they were one of the busiest teams at the trade deadline. Despite playing well down the stretch the Ducks would not be able to get back into the playoffs as they missed the postseason for the first time since 2004 with a record of 39-32-11. Following the season Defenseman and Captain Scott Niedermayer would announce his retirement.
2010/11: After missing the playoffs, the Ducks named Ryan Getzlaf as the team’s new captain, replacing the retired Scott Niedermayer. The Ducks season would start slowly as they lost to the Detroit Red Wings 4-0. After losing their first three games on the road, the Ducks earned their first win of the year, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-3. The Ducks would struggle most of October, posting a record of 4-7-1. The Ducks would start November, winning their first six games However; they would drop their next six games, as they continued to flounder in the Pacific. The Ducks would survive a tough December, which featured a seven game road trip, to enter the New Year with a record of 20-17-4, which had them in playoff contention. January would be a strong month for the Ducks, as they won 8 of their 11 games, many of which were decided by one goal. Following the All-Star Break, the Ducks were dealt some bad news as Goalie Jonas Hiller returned from the All-Star Game in Carolina, feeling light headed. With Hiller sidelined, the Ducks acquired Ray Emery and Dan Ellis in separate deals. The Ducks were the busiest team in the NHL during February, making eight trades. During February, the Ducks only managed a record of 5-5-1. However, in March they would make a strong run at the playoffs, posting an 11-3-0 record. The Ducks would go on to finish the season, with a record of 40-27-5, as Corey Perry led the NHL in goals with 50. Perry would also win the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP. In the playoffs the Ducks would get off on the wrong foot, losing the opener 4-1 at home. The Ducks would rebound to win the next game 5-3 as Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists. However, they would lose Bobby Ryan for two games after he stomped on Defenseman Jonathon Blum’s foot. Without Ryan, the Ducks would suffer a 4-3 loss in Game 3 at Nashville. However, they would rebound once again to win 6-3 in Game 4, as Corey Perry’s shorthanded goal sparked a three goal rally in the third period. With Jason Blake scoring two goals, the Ducks appeared to be heading for a big win in Game 5. However, Shea Weber tied the game with 35.3 seconds left to force overtime. In overtime the Predators would win 4-3 on a goal by Jerred Smithson. The Predators would go on to win the series in six games, eliminating the Ducks with a 4-2 win in Game 6.
2011/12: The Ducks got some good news before the season started as Teemu Selanne announced he would return for an 18th season, as they acquired Andrew Cogliano in a quiet off-season. The Ducks would suffer a personal loss as training camp began, as longtime fan favorite Ruslan Salei was among the players killed whenLokomotiv Yaroslavl his KHL team’s plane crashed. The Ducks would begin the season in Europe, losing a game to the Buffalo Sabres in Helsinki, Finland, while beating the New York Rangers 2-1 in a shootout in Stockholm, Sweden. In their home opener, Goalie Jonas Hiller was solid, backstopping a 1-0 win over the San Jose Sharks. However, as October came to an end the Ducks went into a prolonged slump, in which they posted a 6-20-6 record over a 32 game stretch. During one ten game stretch, the Ducks won just ten games, leading to the dismissal of Coach Randy Carlyle on November 30th, despite signing a three year contract extension during the off-season. The Ducks would hire Bruce Boudreau who had just been fired by the Washington Capitals days earlier to replace Carlyle, the all-time winnigest coach in Ducks history. After losing on January 4th in the first 2012 game the Ducks held an awful record of 10-22-6. The rest of the month would be good for the Ducks, as they won nine of their next 11 games. The Ducks continued to play well in February, winning eight games, but any hopes of making the postseason was long since gone as their two month slump left them to big of hole to climb out of. The Ducks would go on to finish the season in last place with a record of 34-36-12. With 66 points the ageless Teemu Selanne led the Ducks in scoring, as Corey Perry led the team in goals with 37. Meanwhile Bobby Ryan could not duplicate his MVP season as he had a somewhat disappointing season, with 31 goals and 26 assists. Meanwhile, after dealing with injuries Goalie Jonas Hiller was healthy all season, missing just nine starts.
2012/13: Following a disappointing season, in which a bad start left them outside of the playoffs, the Anaheim Ducks hoped they could take advantage of the shortened 48 game season and again become one of the top teams in the Western Conference. The Ducks opened the season strong, winning their first two games on the road in Western Canada. However, they would suffer a disappointing 5-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at the Honda Center in the first home game of the season. The loss would be a mere bump in the road as they won their next 13 games at the Honda Center, setting a new franchise record for longest home winning streak. Goalie Jonas Hiller, who had struggled with vertigo, had a nice bounce back season as he shared the duties with Viktor Fasth as both had nearly equal stats, winning 15 games with GAA averages of 2.36 and 2.18 and save percentages of .913 and .921. The 13 game home winning streak had vaulted the Ducks to the top of the Pacific Division and near the top of the Western Conference. Despite a mediocre 8-9-2 record over the final five weeks the Ducks managed to win the division title with a record of 30-12-6 as the secured the second seed in the West. Ryan Getzlaf was another Duck who improved vastly over the previous season, scoring 15 goals and a team high 49 points, Corey Perry shared the goal scoring lead with Getzlaf with 15, while the ageless Teemu Selanne continued to dazzle with 12 goals and 12 assists.
2013 Playoffs: In the playoffs the Ducks would face the Detroit Red Wings, taking the opener at the Honda Center 3-1, as Teemu Selanne broke a 1-1 tie with a power play goal early in the third period. In Game 2 the Ducks would rally to tie the game, with three third period goals, but could not stop the Red Wings in overtime as Gustav yquist won the game for the Wings 5-4, with a power play goal in overtime. After a shaky performance in Game 2, Jonas Hiller was sharp in Game 3, stopping all 23 shots as the Ducks won 4-0 in Detroit. However, the Red Wings would answer back with a 3-2 overtime win in Game 3, as Hiller had a solid effort stopping 46 shots before Damian Brunner scored the game winner. After losing twice in overtime, the Ducks got their own sudden death magic in Game 5, as Nick Bonino scored 1:54 into overtime to give the Ducks a 3-2 to take a 3-2 series lead. However, with a chance to close the series in Detroit, the Ducks again lost in OT, as Hernrik Zetterberg scored just 64 seconds into the extra period to give the Red Wings a 3-2 win that forced a seventh game back in Anaheim. In Game 7 the Ducks found themselves in an early hole as Justin Abdelkader’s shorthanded goal in the first period gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead. The Wings would add another goal in the second period as time quickly began to run out on the Ducks. Francois Beauchemin’s scored a power play goal with 3:17 left, but the Ducks would not get any closer as the Red Wings held on to win the game 3-2 to eliminate the Ducks in the first round of the playoffs.
2013/14: After their disappointing first round playoff exit, the Anaheim Ducks looked to bounce back as Teemu Sleanne entered his final season. Despite suffering an ugly 6-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in the season opener, the Ducks got off to an excellent start, winning seven in a row, including a 6-0 win over the New York Rangers in their home opener. The Ducks would post a perfect 5-0 record at Honda Center in October, finishing the first month of the season with an overall record of 10-3-1. The Ducks continued their strong play into November, as they started the month with five straight wins. However, a winless Eastern Conference road trip saw them face their first slump of the season. The Ducks would get back on track in their second Eastern trip, as they swept through the New York Metropolitan area, while on a ten game winning streak in December. After ending 2013 with a record of 29-8-5, the Ducks continued to roll in January with eight straight wins. The Ducks would win 11 games in January, equaling their output from December. The biggest highlight of the month came when the Ducks took their game outdoors, and blanked the Los Angeles Kings 3-0, with Jonas Hiller making 36 saves. The Ducks were especially strong at Honda Center, getting at least one point in their first 22 home games, posting a record of 20-0-2. The Ducks went into the Olympic Break on top of the NHL standings at 41-14-5. While they had trouble reestablishing their momentum following Sochi, they managed to win their second straight division title with a record of 54-20-8, which was the second best overall record in the NHL and tops in the West. The Ducks got big seasons from Ryan Getzlaf who led the team in scoring with 87 points, while Corey Perry had a team high 43 goals. The Ducks seemed to get strong goaltending from every direction, as Jonas Hiller shared the net with rookie Frederik Andersen who was near flawless posting a record of 20-5-0, with a 2.29 GAA and .923 save percentage. Meanwhile, Teemu Selanne who was celebrated all season scored nine goals and finished his career with 684 NHL goals.
2014 Playoffs: In the playoffs the Ducks would start off against the Dallas Stars, and quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead. However, the Stars showed early that they would not go down without a fight giving the Ducks all they could handle in the second half of the game, as they held on to a 4-3 win Frederik Andersen was able to earn the win with 32 saves. The Stars continued to control the ice in Game 2, but the Ducks again held for a 3-2 win, with Andersen stopping 34 of 36 shots, as Andrew Cogliano’s shorthanded goal in the third period proved to be the game winner. The Stars would break through in Game 3, as Kari Lethtonen frustrated them all game, stopping 37 shots in a 3-0 win. The Ducks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Game 4, but struggled over the last two periods as the Stars evened the series with a 4-2 win. Back home in Game 5 the Ducks came alive, with six different scores finding the back of the net in a 6-2 win. Looking to close out the series the Ducks found themselves down 3-1 after one period as Jonas Hiller came on in relief. Still trailing 4-2 in the late stages of the third period, the Ducks got back in the game with a goal from Nick Bonino with 2:10 remaining. They would then get the equalizer with Devante Smith-Pelly scoring with 24 seconds left to force overtime. The Ducks would go on to win the game in overtime 5-4 on a score from Bonino at 2:47. In the Pacific Division Finals the Ducks would face the Los Angeles Kings for the first time in the postseason. The freeway battle did not start well for the Ducks, as they dropped their first two games at home 3-2 in overtime in Game 1 and 3-1 in Game 2. As the series shifted to Los Angeles the Ducks turned the tables, winning the next two games at Staples Center 3-2 and 2-0, as John Gibson started Game 4 and earned a shutout, stopping 28 shots in his first career playoff start. The Ducks would take control of the series with 4-3 win in Game 5 at Honda Center as Gibson was solid again stopping 39 of 42 shots, as Devante Smith-Pelly’s two goals in the second period gave Anaheim the lead. The Kings would battle back with a 2-1 win in Game 6, and would win the series in seven games with a 6-2 win at Honda Center in Game 7. The Kings would go on to win their second Stanley Cup in three years. With the Stadium Series in Dodger Stadium, the Kings Cups and the Ducks being among the top team in the NHL, hockey in Southern California had never been hotter.
2014/15: Despite the retirement of Teemu Slanne the Anaheim Ducks were expected to once again be one of the top teams in the NHL competing for the Stanley Cup. One reason for the high expectations was the acquisition of Ryan Kesler a top notch two way forward who had previously won the Selke Trophy and was one of the league’s toughest players. Despite starting the season with a 6-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Ducks had a successful Eastern road trip winning three of four games. Returning home the Ducks defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in their home opener, as they won their first four games at the Honda Center. Despite some struggles in November the Ducks were in fact one of the NHL’s best teams in the first part of the season as they had two separate seven game winning streaks and entered the New Year with a solid record of 24-9-6. On January 11th the Ducks honored Teemu Selanne by retiring his number 8 on January 11th, the game was one of the most thrilling of the season as Anaheim rallied to beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 in a shoot-out. The win would be the start of a six game winning streak, the Ducks would go on to win the Pacific Division and had the best record in the Western Conference at 51-24-7. Ryan Getzlaf led the Ducks in scoring, with 70 points while Corey Perry led the team with 33 goals.
2015 Playoffs: In the first round the Ducks would take on the Winnipeg Jets. Getting off to a slow start in the opener at home. The Ducks got two goals by Corey Perry and a goal by Ryan Getzlaf in the third period to win 4-2. In Game 2 the Ducks again trailed in the third period 1-0 despite peppering Jets Goalie Ondrej Pavelec with shots. Finally midway through the third period the Ducks got on the board with a power play goal by Patrick Maroon. With overtime looming the Ducks would get the game winner with 21 seconds left as Jakob Silfverberg found the back of the net. As the series shifted to Winnipeg the Ducks continued to find third period magic as Ryan Kesler tied the game 4-4 on a goal with 2:14 left in regulation. The Ducks would win the game in overtime 5-4 with Rickard Rakell netting the game winner. The Ducks would go on to complete the sweep with a 5-2 win in Game 4, as Ryan Kesler scored twice in the final period to put the game away. The Ducks moved on to face the Calgary Flames in the second round winning the opener at Honda Center easily 6-1 as Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf each had four points. Game 2 would also be all Anaheim, as Frederik Andersen earned his first career playoff shutout stopping all 30 shots as the Ducks won the game 3-0. The Ducks appeared to be heading for another win in Game 3 as the series shifted to Calgary. However, Sami Vatanen was called for delay of game shooting the puck over the glass with just over a minute left. The Flames would get the equalizer on a goal by Johnny Gaudreau. The Flames would go on to win the game 4-3 with Mikael Backlund netting the game winner. The Ducks would bounce back with a 4-2 win in Game 4 to a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Ducks would go on to win the series in five games, winning the finale in overtime 3-2 on a goal by Corey Perry. In the Western Conference Finals the Ducks would take on the Chicago Blackhawks. The Ducks would dominate the opener at Honda Center, winning 4-1. Game 2 would not be easy as the game went deep into overtime. The Ducks controlled most of the ice time, and landed 62 shots. However, Corey Crawford kept the Blackhawks in the game long enough to win the game in triple overtime 3-2 on a goal by Marcus Kruger. The Ducks would bounce back with a 2-1 win in Game 3 as the series shifted to Chicago. Game 4 would be an offensive thriller as the Ducks scored three goals in 37 seconds to take a brief 4-3 lead in the middle of the third period. The Blackhawks would answer back with a power play goal by Patrick Kane as overtime was needed again. The game would eventually go to double overtime with the Blackhawks winning the game 5-4 on a goal by Antoine Vermette. In Game 5 in Anaheim, it would be the Blackhawks with a sudden rally to change the game as Jonathon Toews scored twice in the final two minutes to force overtime. This however, the game would end quickly and in the Ducks favor as Matt Beleskey needed just 45 seconds in the fourth period to give Anaheim a 5-4 win. Leading 3-2 the Ducks looked to close out the series in Chicago. However, Frederik Anderson struggled as the Blackhawks won the game easily 5-2. In Game 7 at Honda Center the Ducks season came to an end as Toews scored two first period goals leading the Blackhawks to a 5-3 win. It marked the third straight year that the Ducks held a 3-2 series lead and lost the series in seven games with the decisive game at home.
2015/16: Coming off a heartbreaking loss in the Western Conference Finals, the Anaheim Ducks entered the season with high expectations that had them as a favorite to win the Stanley Cup. When the season started Anaheim’s great expectations turned into high anxiety as they won just one of their first ten games in October. The Ducks would play better in November, starting the month with four straight wins, but they were still languishing near the bottom of the Pacific Division, as rumors began to swirl around Coach Bruce Boudreau’s job. The Ducks would finally get back to NHL .500 at 15-15-6 as they won their last three games in December. As the New Year began the Ducks alternated wins and losses, as they slow got back into playoff position. In the middle of January the Ducks would part ways with Carl Hagelin who was picked up in the off-season and struggled badly in the season’s first half. The Ducks would get David Perron and Adam Clendening from the Pittsburgh Penguins in return. Hagelin would find his game in Pittsburgh as the Penguins were the best team in the NHL in the second half. The Ducks would finally breakout in February as they began the month in the middle of a six game winning streak and ended the month with an 11-game winning streak that carried into March to climb back into first place in the Pacific Division as they were the best team in the Western Conference in the season’s second half. The Ducks would eventually finish in first place with a record of 46-25-11. Ryan Getzlaf was the Ducks leading scorer, despite just scoring 13 goals as he had a team best 50 assists to post 63 points, one more than Corey Perry who was the Ducks leading goal scorer, lighting the lamp 34 times. In goal the duties were split evenly between Frederik Andersen and John Gibson, who each had strong seasons.
2016 Playoffs: The Anaheim Ducks would face the Nashville Predators in the first round of the playoffs as they looked to get over the hump and reach the Stanley Cup Finals. However, like the regular season the playoffs started poorly for Anaheim as they suffered a 3-2 loss at home in the opener, as James Neal set the tone early for Nashville, scoring 35 seconds into the game. The Ducks would have more home ice frustration in Game 2, suffering a second straight 3-2 loss to put themselves in a 2-0 hole. After John Gibson started the first two games in Anaheim, Frederik Andersen got the call in Game 3 in Nashville and was flawless, stopping all 27 shots, as the Ducks won the game 3-0. Andersen was strong again in Game 4, making 30 stops as the Ducks won 4-1 to even the series. Back at the Honda Center, after a scoreless first period the Ducks found themselves down 1-0 on a goal by Ryan Johansen with just over five minutes left in the second period. However, they were not down long, as David Perron answered just 22 seconds later. The Ducks would later get the lead on a goal by Ryan Garbutt as they went on to win 5-2 with five different goal scorers. With a chance to close the series on the road, the Ducks would suffer a 3-1 loss in Nashville. The Predators would strike early in Game 7, scoring two first period goals. The Ducks would not get on the board until the third period as Ryan Kessler scored on the power play at 1:45. That would be as close as Anaheim got, as the Predators held on to win 2-1 and advance to the second round. It marked the fourth straight season, in which the Ducks lost a seventh game on home ice in the playoffs. That continued playoff disappointment would eventually spell doom for Coach Bruce Boudreau as he was fired two days after the Ducks were eliminated. Boudreau’s replacement would be the man he replaced by the Ducks bench as Randy Carlyle who took Anaheim to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2007 was hired for a second tenure.
2016/17: After a disappointing playoff exit, the Anaheim Ducks went back in time to hire coach Randy Carlyle who led them to the Stanley Cup in 2007, hoping history could repeat a decade later. The Ducks started slowly once again, as they played their first five games on the road. The only win, coming in the final game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Once they began playing games at home, Anaheim started to piece together wins, although a rough December had them holding an 18-12-8 record at the end of December. Once the New Year began, the Ducks began to fly as they won eight of their first ten games, on the way to a 10-3-1 record. Playing most of the month on the road, the Ducks had their setbacks in February, playing most of the month on the road and posting a record of 4-6-1. However, over the final six weeks of the regular season, the Ducks were the best team in the NHL, posting a record of 14-2-3. The strong finish helped the Ducks spring to the top of the Pacific Division, as they finished in first place with a record of 46-23-13. The Ducks had four players with 50-point seasons, as Ryan Getzlaf led the way with 73 points, with team-best 58 assists, while Rickard Rakell had a team-best 33 goals.
2017 Playoffs: In the first round the Anaheim Ducks would face the Calgary Flames, holding a major psychological edge having won 25 straight games at the Honda Center against the Flames. The Ducks home dominance of Calgary continued as they won a pair of 3-2 games, to take a 2-0 lead in the series. As the series shifted to Calgary, the Flames appeared well on their way of holding serve as they held a 4-1 lead, midway through the second period when John Gibson was replaced in goal by Jonathan Bernier. Bernier would stop all 16 shots he faced, while the Ducks with two goals by Shea Theodore and one by Nate Thompson rallied to tie the game. In overtime, the Ducks would win 5-4 on a goal Corey Perry 90 seconds into sudden death. The Ducks would go on to complete the sweep with a 3-1 win in Game 4, as Gibson shook off his poor Game 3 performance to stop 36 of 37 shots. The Ducks would continue to face teams from Alberta in the second round as their opponent was the Edmonton Oilers. Things would not start smoothly for Anaheim, as they lost the first game at home 5-3 on a pair of third-period goals by Adam Larsson. The Oilers would also get a 2-1 win in Game 2, as Cam Talbot stopped 39 of 40 shots. Down but not out, the Ducks got a goal by Rickard Rakell 25 seconds into Game 3, and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. The Oilers battled back to tie the game midway through the second period, but less than a minute after Connor McDavid tied the game, Chris Wagner regained the lead for Anaheim as they added a pair of third-period goals to win 6-3. After falling behind early and taking a 3-2 lead in the second period, the Ducks found themselves in overtime in Game 4. Jakob Silfverberg made sure to end things, quickly giving the Ducks a 4-3 with a goal 45 seconds into sudden death to even the series at two games apiece. Back in Anaheim, things looked bleak for the Ducks as the Oilers with three goals in the second period held a 3-0 lead, with less than five minutes remaining. Desperate the Ducks pulled the goalie for the extra attacker and scored three times in three minutes to even the score. After a scoreless first overtime, the Ducks completed the comeback with a goal by Corey at 6:57 of double overtime. Looking to close out the series in six games, the Ducks were blitzed in the first period as the Oilers scored five times on the way to a 7-1 win to even the series and force a seventh game. In Game 7 at the Honda Center, the Oilers got a first-period goal from Drake Caggiula while Anaheim answered with a goal by Andrew Cogliano in the second. The Ducks would get a goal by Nick Ritchie in the third and won the game 2-1 as John Gibson made 23 saves. The Ducks would move on to face the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Finals. The opener would go to overtime, with the Predators winning 3-2 on a goal by James Neal at 9:24. In Game 2, the Ducks rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to win 5-3 with five different goal scorers. Game 3 in Nashville was a defensive battle as John Gibson put forth a superior effort. However, the Predators won the game 2-1 on a power-play goal Roman Josi with less than three minutes left. In Game 4, the Ducks watched a 2-0 slip away in the late stages of the third period. However, they managed to still win the game, thanks to an overtime goal by Corey Perry. Looking to take control of the series, the Ducks again stumbled at home as the Predators won 3-1 with two third period goals. The Predators would go on to eliminate the Ducks for a second straight season, with a 6-3 win in Game 6 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
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