By Kyle Shohara
The 2013-14 season was filled with new franchise records, player milestones, incredible comeback victories, and of course, memories of Teemu Selanne. Anaheim concluded the season with a record of 54-20-8, the best mark in club history. The Ducks finished with the top record in the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history and set season records for standings points (116), wins (54) and win/points percentage (.707). In addition, the Ducks led the league in goals (263) for the first time in club history (excluding shootout tallies) and established season bests for goals (263), home wins (29) road wins (25), home points (62) and road points (54). AnaheimDucks.com will count down the top 25 moments from past season in the coming weeks. Here is the first installment: 11-15.
15. December 9, 2013
Perry Scores One to Remember
Ducks sniper Corey Perry knows how to find the back of the net, and the game against the Islanders was no different. Perry entered the game on a career-tying five-game goal streak (5g/2a) and ranked among the league’s leaders in scoring.
After a sluggish start that eventually led to a 2-1 deficit midway through the second period, the Ducks tied the game on an Andrew Cogliano goal at the 12:41 mark -- a goal that would ultimately open the floodgates. The Ducks would go on to score the next three goals of the game, including Perry’s highlight-reel tally with two seconds remaining in the second period. An uncontested Daniel Winnik crossed the blue line and made a drop pass to the trailing Perry. Winnik’s speed forced Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan to back up just enough for Perry to walk right around him, spinning him in the process. With de Haan’s back turned, his skate clipped Perry’s legs, forcing him to his knees, but Perry managed to hang onto the puck and chip it up and over Anders Nilsson’s glove.
The goal gave the Ducks a 4-2 lead, and Perry iced the game with a power-play tally in the third period. His two-goal performance extended his goal streak to a career-best six consecutive games (7g/2a), and matched the longest goal streak of the season with St. Louis’ Alexander Steen and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos.
14. January 15, 2014
Ducks Put Nine on the Board
In the midst of a seven-game winning streak and having been victorious in nine consecutive home games overall, the Ducks welcomed the visiting Vancouver Canucks to Honda Center. The Canucks gave the Ducks all they could handle in a game in Anaheim 10 days earlier, and if not for some late-game heroics (Top Moment No. 18), the Ducks’ magical winning streak would’ve come to a screeching halt.
While that game went down to the final seconds, this one was over soon after the puck dropped. Andrew Cogliano gave the Ducks an early 1-0 lead just four minutes into the game, and then Teemu Selanne put the Ducks up by two on a power-play goal with 2:03 remaining in the first period. Corey Perry’s goal 3:58 into the second period sealed the fate for Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack, who was pulled for rookie Joacim Eriksson. The relief appearance marked the debut for Eriksson, and unfortunately, one he’ll definitely want to forget. Anaheim peppered the young goaltender for six goals, including five on the power play.
When the final buzzer sounded, the Ducks came away with a franchise record-setting 9-1 victory. Never before had the Ducks scored nine in a single game. In addition, the Ducks set a record for most power-play goals in a single game with six. The win was Anaheim’s eighth in a row, and the longest active streak in the NHL at the time.
13. October 20, 2013
Andersen Earns Win in Debut
It wasn’t the way rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen envisioned his NHL debut, but it’ll be one he’ll never forget. When starting netminder Jonas Hiller was pulled after the first period (three goals on 11 shots), Andersen was summoned to duty, and the Ducks never looked back. The second period was one in which the Ducks thoroughly dominated, scoring three unanswered goals to tie the game, 3-3. The Ducks tacked on two more goals in the third period for good measure, and Andersen earned a shutout victory in his debut.
With Andersen and Dallas’ Jack Campbell making their NHL debuts on this night, it marked the first time two goaltenders have debuted in the same game since Oct. 12, 2005.
12. January 15, 2014
Unbeaten Home Streak Reaches New Heights
If Anaheim’s 9-1 drubbing over Vancouver wasn’t impressive enough, the win propelled the Ducks’ home unbeaten record to 20-0-2 to start the season. The Ducks became the fourth team in 40 NHL seasons (since 1973-74) to record points in each of their first 22+ home games of a season (20-0-2).
The Ducks joined the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens as the only teams in NHL history to win 18-of-19 games (both 18-1-0). The Canadiens went on to win 20-of-21 games from Jan. 6-Feb. 22, 1968.
This also marked Anaheim’s 10th consecutive win at Honda Center. This was the second time the Ducks had a home winning streak of eight-or-more games in 2013-14 (the other was an eight-game streak from Oct. 10-Nov. 10). The last team to record two separate such streaks was the Calgary Flames in 2006-07 (10, Nov. 7-Dec. 12, 2006 and 8, Jan. 4-Feb. 3, 2007). It also tied the third longest (10 consecutive wins) home winning streak in club history. The other three were 13 games (Jan. 26-Mar. 20, 2013), 11 games (Dec. 8, 2009-Feb. 10, 2010) and 10 games (Feb. 17-Mar. 26, 2008).
11. March 31, 2014
Greatest Comeback in Franchise History
The “Comeback Kids” were at it again, and this time, they made it one for the ages. A sluggish start proved costly for the Ducks, as the Jets jumped all over them and raced to a 4-0 lead at the midway point of the second period. Nick Bonino got the Ducks on the board with 2:16 remaining in the period, and the team went into the locker room trailing by three goals with 20 minutes to play.
The Ducks got an early power-play goal in the third period from Ryan Getzlaf to cut the deficit to two goals. With the home crowd buzzing and the momentum on their side, the Ducks found the back of the net again, this time just 1:06 after Getzlaf’s goal. A failed pinch by Jets defenseman Adam Pardy allowed Saku Koivu to outlet a pass to Daniel Winnik, who raced in and threw a shot on net. Though Ondrej Pavelec was able to make the initial save, he was unable to stop rookie defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who came flying in to bury the rebound. Lindholm leaped into Winnik’s outstretched arms, and the deficit was cut to one.
With the extra attacker on the ice with under a minute remaining in regulation, the Ducks found the equalizer. With Perry hovering around the high slot, the puck made its way behind the net to Getzlaf, who, in one motion, fed it in front to an uncontested Perry, who managed to slip past Jets forward Bryan Little. Perry one-timed it past Pavelec with 23 seconds remaining in regulation.
The game would then head into a very brief overtime, as Stephane Robidas went cross-ice to a streaking Andrew Cogliano. After spinning off two Jets, Cogliano fed it into the high slot to a wide open Robidas, who snapped one past Pavelec, completing Anaheim’s greatest comeback in franchise history.
Robidas, whom the Anaheim acquired at the trade deadline, scored the OT winner in just his seventh game in a Ducks uniform.
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