The Unlikely Ironman

Thursday, 12.13.2007 / 3:22 PM PT / 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.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 236 226 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 248 201 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 232 208 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 229 189 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 242 222 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 231 201 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 230 210 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 241 216 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 220 205 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 261 260 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 219 227 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 228 232 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 198 283 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 170 272 56

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 4 3 4 3 7
J. Silfverberg 4 2 4 5 6
R. Kesler 4 3 2 2 5
S. Vatanen 4 2 3 4 5
R. Getzlaf 4 1 3 3 4
A. Cogliano 4 1 3 4 4
P. Maroon 4 1 2 2 3
H. Lindholm 4 0 3 1 3
C. Fowler 4 1 1 2 2
S. Despres 4 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 4 0 0 .924 2.20


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