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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 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 46 15 35 12 50
C. Perry 32 19 12 15 31
R. Kesler 47 13 17 -2 30
S. Vatanen 47 10 19 3 29
M. Beleskey 46 17 7 12 24
C. Fowler 46 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 39 4 18 1 22
H. Lindholm 46 5 14 13 19
J. Silfverberg 47 6 12 2 18
D. Smith-Pelly 41 4 11 5 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 26 6 5 .917 2.30


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