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The Unlikely Ironman

Thursday, 12.13.2007 / 6:22 PM / Features
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The Unlikely Ironman
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

Although Andy McDonald may not have known until the last minute he was going to break the Ducks record for consecutive games played on Tuesday night, the record is still meaningful to him, considering how he got to the mark.

McDonald played in his 276th straight game Wednesday night, breaking Samuel Pahlsson's record.

Previous to starting the streak of 276 straight games, a good chunk of McDonald’s 2002-03 season was derailed by a concussion. Rebounding from that injury is how the new Ducks record started for McDonald, which makes the achievement more important than it would have been otherwise to the veteran center.

“I’m happy to be able to play injury fee, especially after coming off the type of injury I had in ‘03,” McDonald said. “Going through that injury, it makes me appreciate playing in the NHL. You could be one shift away from your career being over, especially with those injuries. To be able to come back, I feel pretty fortunate and I try not to take it for granted.”

Before a reporter told McDonald a few days ago, the center was unaware of the impending record.

“The way the season’s gone, there have been so many other things to worry about,” McDonald said. “It wasn’t until Dan Wood [of the Orange Country Register] mentioned it to me that I realized it was going to be Tuesday night.”

McDonald’s new mark broke his long-time teammate Samuel Pahlsson’s old mark of 275 straight games, which came to an end this season when the rugged center missed the early part of the season after sports hernia surgery.

“You look at Sammy, he’s such a horse,” McDonald said. “He plays a lot of minutes and he’s a pretty physical guy. You expect that type of individual to play that many consecutive games. I really don’t put myself in his class.”

McDonald may not consider himself in Pahlsson’s ironman realm, but his teammates did on Wednesday, including Pahlsson.

“It’s really good for him, especially after missing almost a season there with a concussion,” Pahlsson said. “He was worried after that and everybody was.”

Added another long-time teammate, Rob Niedermayer: “I think that’s a big accomplishment. Hockey’s a pretty physical sport. He plays through the nicks and the pains. I think it’s just a testament to Andy and what he brings every night.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 33 22 9 2 102 67 46
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
7 WPG 33 17 10 6 80 76 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 31 13 13 5 89 104 31
12 COL 32 11 13 8 83 100 30
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 34 12 25 7 37
R. Kesler 35 11 15 -2 26
S. Vatanen 35 9 15 -1 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 35 15 3 11 18
C. Fowler 34 3 14 1 17
J. Silfverberg 35 4 12 3 16
H. Lindholm 34 4 11 12 15
P. Maroon 27 2 12 -5 14
D. Smith-Pelly 31 4 8 3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 18 5 4 .913 2.41


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