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Top 25 Moments: 11-15

A look back at the top memories from the 2011-12 Anaheim Ducks season

Monday, 05.7.2012 / 1:18 PM PT / News
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By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com


The 2011-12 season was one the Ducks ultimately looked at with disappointment. Anaheim finished the season with a 34-36-12 record (80 points, 13th in the Western Conference) and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for just the second time in the last seven campaigns. But there were some postives along the way. Under the guidance of new head coach Bruce Boudreau, the club had the fifth-best record in the West with 54 points (24-15-6) from Jan. 1 to the end of the season, and there were a number of highlights throughout the year. AnaheimDucks.com will count down the top 25 moments from past season in the coming weeks. Here is the third installment: 11-15.

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11. April 1, 2012
The final home game of the 2011-12 season was all about one man, future Hall-of-Famer Teemu Selanne. Undecided on his playing future, the contest offered the possibility of being the last chance to see No. 8 on the ice at Honda Center. Fans showed their admiration for the Finnish Flash all night, including one goosebump-inducing moment in the third period.

While Anaheim would fall to the Oilers 2-1, Selanne seemed to do what he always does and seized the moment by scoring a goal in the first period. But that would be all the Ducks could muster, as Edmonton prevailed behind two goals from Teemu Hartikainen.

Thunderous Cheers for Teemu in Home Finale


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12. January 6, 2012
Anaheim entered its game on January 6 against the Islanders with a record of 10-22-6. The team's fortunates completely began to change starting with a 4-2 victory on this night. Including that win, the Ducks finished off the rest of the 2011-12 campaign by going 24-14-6.

Trailing the Islanders 2-1 in the third period, Bobby Ryan tied the game shorthanded on one of the prettiest goals of the season (also his second goal of the game). A few minutes later, Ryan Getzlaf roofed a backhand shot past Evgeni Nabokov to break out of a slump. The game-winning goal was the Anaheim captain's first point in seven games and first goal in 13 contests.

Second Half Surge Commences


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13. March 14, 2012
A Ducks-Red Wings game always seems to attract attention. Kyle Palmieri etched his name into the rivalry with his first career multi-goal game in a 4-0 Anaheim victory. It was just the second-ever shutout for the club over Detroit and the first to come at Honda Center.

Entering the night without Corey Perry for a second straight game, Palmieri had an opportunity to play on the top forward line with Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan. The 2012 AHL All-Star capitalized on his chance. He stripped the puck from Brendan Smith in the second period and sent a backhander top shelf past Joey MacDonald for his first goal. He used his backhand shot again in the third to secure goal No. 2.

Palmieri Has Big Night in Shutout of Red Wings


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14. January 10, 2012
This game belonged to Saku Koivu. The 37-year-old center, known more for setting up goals for his teammates throughout his career, notched the second hat trick of his career (first with Anaheim) in a 5-2 rout of Dallas.

Koivu began his scoring just 1:30 into regulation. He then potted the game-winner near the midway point of the third period. With the Stars net empty in the final minute, Teemu Selanne emerged with the puck and quickly found his fellow Finn to put the finishing touches on his three-goal night (his only other was in 2002 with Montreal). It also marked the first time the Ducks had hat tricks in consecutive games in franchise history (Perry did so on on Jan. 8 vs. Columbus).

Koivu Outscores Stars with Hat Trick


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15. November 11, 2011
In the middle of their most difficult stretch of the season (six straight defeats before this night and seven straight losses afterward), the Ducks had this one victory over Vancouver on Veteran's Day as the bright spot. Within that win, Anaheim had a period of play where it looked nearly unstoppable.

After a scoreless 20 minutes of play, the Ducks jumped in front quickly in the second period by virtue of a Saku Koivu goal. A three-goal barrage in a span of 4:37 followed, capped off by the first career goal for Peter Holland, to put the club up by a score of 4-0. Unknown at the time was that Holland's goal would end up being the game-winner as Anaheim had to fend off the Canucks in the third.

Four-Goal Second Period Includes Holland's First

Previous Top Moments of 2011-12
Moments 16-20
Moments 21-25

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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