Team Notes: Ducks Complete Best Regular Season in Club History
COMEBACKS: The Ducks rallied from deficits 15 times to win a game (13 times total last year over 82 games)…Anaheim went 12-10-2 when opponents scored first…the Ducks, Pittsburgh (11-6-0) and Chicago (10-5-4) were the first NHL teams since 2009-10 to have a record over .500 in such situations…the last team prior to this season was Bruce Boudreau’s Washington Capitals (16-8-6 in 2009-10)…the Ducks lost only two games in regulation this year when scoring the first goal (18-2-4).
TEAM EFFORT: Going into the final game in the NHL tonight, the Ducks rank in the top 10 in goals-per game (eighth with 2.79) and goals-against per game (tied for ninth with 2.40)…the team’s 2.40 goals-against average ranked as third-best in club history…Anaheim's 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio (1.28) ranked third in the NHL...the club co-led the Western Conference (with Vancouver) and was tied for fourth in the NHL (along with NY Rangers) with six players scoring 10 goals-or-more (Getzlaf, Perry, Cogliano, Selanne, Ryan, Palmieri)...the Ducks were also tied for third in the NHL (Pittsburgh and St. Louis had 13 players) with 12 players scoring five goals-or-more (Beauchemin, Perry, Getzlaf, Winnik, Selanne, Koivu, Ryan, Bonino, Palmieri, Cogliano, Beleskey, Souray).
HOME SWEET HOME: Anaheim won 13 consecutive games at Honda Center from Jan. 26-Mar. 20, the longest home streak in franchise history...the consecutive wins matched the NHL's second-longest home win streak since 2009-10 (also Washington at 13 games in 2010-11 under Bruce Boudreau...Detroit had an NHL-record 23-game streak in 2011-12)... Ryan Getzlaf's 9-21=30 points earned at home ranked tied for third in the NHL.
ROAD WARRIORS: Anaheim completed its 2012-13 road schedule with a 14-5-5 record (33 points), the club's best road win percentage in club history (.688)...the Ducks had three players in the top 10 in plus/minus on the road….Andrew Cogliano (+16, T-3rd), Sheldon Souray (+13, T-7th) and Daniel Winnik (+12, T-9th)…Anaheim ranked third in the NHL in points earned on the road (Chicago, 38 and Pittsburgh, 36).
SOLID FINISH: The Ducks clinched the division and the conference’s second seed on Apr. 22 in Edmonton...the club went 3-1-0 in its last four games, and 23-10-5 for 51 points in its last 38 games…the latter stretch included the third-longest point streak in club history at 12 games (9-0-3) from Feb. 27-Mar. 20.
SPECIAL TEAMS: The Ducks went 29-for-135 on the power play in 2012-13, good for fourth in the NHL...the club finished the season with power play goals in four consecutive contests, going 4-for-15 (26.7%) from Apr. 21-27...the club's 32.6% success rate in the month of February (14-for-43) ranked second in the NHL (Washington was first with 34.2%)…in April, the Ducks penalty kill went 38-for-42 (90.5%), ranking seventh in the NHL.
QUITE A MONTH: The Ducks completed February with an 11-2-0 record, equaling the franchise record for most wins in a single month...the club recorded 11 wins on two previous occasions, both in March (31 days): 11-4-1 in March, 2006 and 11-3-0 in March, 2011.
HERE TO STAY: On Mar. 8 and Mar. 18, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry signed respective eight-year contract extensions through the 2020-21 season...Getzlaf led Anaheim in points, goals and assists (15-34=49), while ranking tied for 10th among NHL leaders in scoring and tied for eighth in assists...over his last 30 contests, he earned 11-26=37 points with a +7 rating...Getzlaf had a career-high 12-game scoring streak at Honda Center from Feb. 1-Mar. 20, scoring 7-15=22 points (+12)...Perry ranked second among team leaders with 36 points, led in PPG (5) and co-led in goals (15, with Getzlaf) and GWG (5, with Palmieri)...his five GWG ranked tied for sixth in the NHL...in addition, he had 14-16=30 points (+7) over his last 32 contests and 8-10=18 points over his last 17 at Honda Center…his 102 goals since the start of the 2010-11 season rank second only to Steven Stamkos (TB, 133).
DYNAMIC DUO: The Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks were the only NHL teams this season to have two goalies each win 15 games-or-more…Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth each won 15 games, while Chicago’s Corey Crawford (19) and Ray Emery (17) led the Blackhawks.
HILLER STRONG: In his final seven starts, Jonas Hiller posted a 1.79 GAA (12 GA/403 MIN) and .931 SV% (163-of-175) with a 4-2-1 record...he allowed two-or-fewer goals in 17 of his 25 decisions, including 13 of the last 14...from Mar. 1 through the end of the regular season, Hiller's 1.94 GAA (34 GA/1049 MIN) ranked seventh in the NHL...at Honda Center, Hiller won eight of his last 10 decisions (8-2-0, one ND), posting a 2.32 GAA (24 GA/620 MIN) and a .910 SV% (243-of-267).
IMPRESSIVE DEBUT: Viktor Fasth went 15-5-2 in 24 games, ranking tied for 12th in the NHL in GAA (2.18), 13th in SV% (.921), and tied for sixth in shutouts (4)…he became the third NHL goaltender all-time to win his first eight-or-more career decisions, joining Ray Emery of Ottawa (NHL record 9-0-0 from 2003-05, 12 games) and Bob Froese of Philadelphia (8-0-0 in 1983)...Fasth was the first goalie to start a season 8-0-0 since Tim Thomas of Boston in 2010...the eight-game winning streak was the longest in the NHL since a nine-game streak by Marc-Andre Fleury of Pittsburgh from Feb. 21-Mar. 17, 2012…in team history, Fasth became the first goaltender to win his first eight decisions as a Duck (previous mark held by Ray Emery in 2010-11, six consecutive wins)...he also was the first goaltender to win his first four NHL appearances since Nolan Schaefer (with San Jose) won his first five games from Oct. 26-Nov. 4, 2005 (Fasth's streak was broken by no-decision in his fifth game in relief).
BEAUCHEMIN'S SOLID YEAR: Francois Beauchemin led club defensemen with 6-18=24 points in 48 games...his .50 points-per-game average matched his career high of .50 in 2005-06...his career-best +19 rating ranked tied for 11th in the NHL and co-led the Ducks (Souray)...he recorded 1-11=12 points (+11) in February, co-leading all NHL blueliners (also PIT's Martin & DET's Kronwall)...he averaged 23:27 TOI this season, leading the Ducks…he led the team in TOI in 38 of 48 games.
IT'S A PLUS: Defenseman Sheldon Souray ranked tied for 11th in the NHL with a career-best +19 rating...his .39 points-per-game average was highest mark since the 2008-09 season with Edmonton...with 7-10=17 points in 44 games, Souray ranked tied for second among NHL defensemen with three GWG and tied for 14th among all league blueliners in goals...in addition, he led Anaheim defensemen in goals and finished second in points...he recorded his 300th NHL point (assist) on Apr. 17 vs. Columbus.
IRON MAN: Andrew Cogliano, who was named Anaheim's nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy by the PHWA on Apr. 24, ranked third on Anaheim in goals (13), tied for third in plus/minus (career-best +14 mark) and tied for third among NHL leaders in road plus/minus (+16)...his .48 points-per-game average was the second-highest of his career (.55 in 2007-08), while his .27 goals-per-game average was his best...Cogliano has appeared in 458 consecutive games, ranking third on the NHL’s active Iron Man list behind only St. Louis' Jay Bouwmeester (635) and Vancouver's Henrik Sedin (629)…he has not missed a game since his NHL debut with Edmonton on Oct. 4, 2007.
#8: Teemu Selanne recorded two four-point games in 2012-13, just the third and fourth time an NHL player 42 years or older has accomplished the feat...Selanne scored 1-3=4 points on Feb. 9 at St. Louis (at 42 years, 326 days) and 2-2=4 points on Jan. 19 at Vancouver, joining Gordie Howe (42 years, 326 days) with 1-3=4 points for Detroit on Feb. 20, 1971 vs. Buffalo, and Tim Horton (42 years, 3 days) with 0-4=4 points for Pittsburgh on Jan. 15, 1972 vs. Philadelphia…in 1,387 career NHL games (WPG, ANA, SJ & COL), Selanne has scored 675-755=1,430 points with 251 PPG and 107 GWG...appearing in his 900th game as a Duck on Apr. 21 at Edmonton, Selanne now ranks 11th in all-time goals, tied for 40th in all-time assists, 15th in points, third in PPG and sixth in all-time GWG ...on Mar. 25 vs. San Jose, Selanne played his 1,373rd game to surpass Teppo Numminen for the most games played by a Finnish-born player in NHL history…he opened the 2012-13 season at 42 years, 6 months and 16 days as the oldest active player in the NHL and the oldest to ever compete in a Ducks uniform.