Top 25 Moments: 6-10

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

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Top 25 Moments: 6-10
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 fourth installment: 6-10.

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6. October 2-8, 2011
A national icon returned home to Finland, when Teemu Selanne and the Ducks started their 2011-12 schedule in Helsinki for NHL Premiere. Fans at Hartwall Arena were overjoyed to see Selanne and his fellow Anaheim Finns Saku Koivu and Toni Lydman (did not play with injury).

A Ducks victory was not in the cards though for the season opener, as they were defeated by Buffalo 4-1. The team's first win would come the next night in the other stop on the trip - Stockholm, Sweden. Andrew Cogliano scored his first goal with the club and Bobby Ryan was the lone player to convert for either team in the shootout to give Anaheim a 2-1 defeat of the Rangers at the Ericcson Globe.

Ducks Open Season Abroad in NHL Premiere


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7. January 12 - March 18, 2012
For a stretch spanning just over two months, Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller did not take a night off. He started a franchise-record 32 straight games and was a big reason the club was able to turn things around during the second half of the season.

Making that many consecutive starts is impressive for any goalie with the grind presented by the NHL schedule. But it was even more so for Hiller, who battled vertigo symptoms for the final three months of the 2010-11 campaign. During the streak, the goalie went 17-10-5 with a 1.92 goals-against average and .927 save percentage. He also earned the NHL's First Star for the week ending Feb. 19.

Iron Man 32: Hiller's Consecutive Starts Streak


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8. March 28, 2012
Never before had the Ducks enjoyed the amount of success they had against San Jose in 2011-12. In six games of the season series, Anaheim prevailed for five wins (including all three contests at HP Pavilion). That marked the best winning percentage (.833) ever against the rivals from Northern California.

Win No. 5 against the boys in teal came on a bittersweet night for the Ducks, as they were officially eliminated from postseason contention while on the ice. But the 3-1 victory provided comfort. Among the highlights: a picturesque assist by Devante Smith-Pelly to Bobby Ryan, a Teemu Selanne tip-in goal and a goal call you don't see every day.

High Five: Ducks Take Down Sharks Again


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9. December 6, 2011
Bruce Boudreau's first victory behind the Ducks bench could not have come against a more fitting opponent, as Anaheim prevailed for a thrilling 3-2 victory over the rival Kings.

Saying prior to the game, "Now that I'm here, I certainly don't like the Kings," Boudreau enjoyed his first taste of the Freeway Face-Off with the win. The Ducks jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first period, only to see tie the game up in the third period. But Bobby Ryan put those LA comeback thoughts to rest, scoring the game-winner right after a faceoff was won by Teemu Selanne. Ryan celebrated his second goal of the game with a jump into the glass, as the Ducks faithful in attendance roared with approval.

Bruce's First Win Comes against the Rival Kings


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10. October 14, 2011
Back in town after beginning the 2011-12 season overseas, the Ducks pleased the sold-out crowd at Honda Center with a 1-0 victory over Pacific Division rival San Jose.

The home opener is always a special night, as the Ducks rolled out the red carpet and introduce each player prior to the game. Jonas Hiller ensured the 2011-12 edition would end with a win, as he stymied the Sharks with 31 saves for his 10th career shutout. A goal from the fourth line (scored by former Duck Maxime Macenauer, with assists to George Parros and Brandon McMillan) was all Anaheim would need offensively to improve its record to 2-1-0 through the first three games of the season.

Ducks Blank Sharks in Home Opener


Previous Top Moments of 2011-12
Moments 11-15
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 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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