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A Closer Look at the Ducks' 6-Game Road Trip

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks went 5-1-0 (.833 win percentage) on their season-long six-game road trip that spanned 11 days and covered 5,742 miles. Their success marked the club's best road trip of five games-or-more (by win percentage) in club history.

Here is a closer look at the trip (team records as of February 16):

February 6
Pepsi Center
Ducks Begin Road Trip With 3-0 Victory

Viktor Fasth stopped all 31 shots that came his way for his first career NHL shutout, keeping the Ducks unbeaten on the road (3-0-1) in the first of six consecutive games away from Honda Center. Sheldon Souray, Saku Koivu and Francois Beauchemin got the goals for Anaheim. Fasth became the first goaltender to win his first four games since Nolan Schaefer (with San Jose) did so from Oct. 26 to Nov. 4, 2005. Additionally, Fasth is also the first goaltender in NHL history over age 30 to win his first four games (no other player 30+  had won more than their first two games) his first four NHL appearances. Recap | Photos | Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Avalanche or Colorado
Teemu Selanne - played with Avalanche from 2003-04
Daniel Winnik - played with Avalanche from 2010-2012

Former Ducks currently on the Avalanche
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, with Ducks from 2000-10
Shane O'Brien, with Ducks from 2006-07
Joe Sacco (head coach of the Colorado Avalanche), with Ducks from 1993-98

About Denver
Denver is the state capital and largest city of Colorado (620,000-plus residents) and is nicknamed the “Mile-High City” because its official elevation sits exactly one mile above sea level (5,280 feet). Originally founded in 1858 as a mining town during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, Denver was named after James W. Denver, a former Kansas Territorial Governor. Denver is home to the Coors Brewery in Golden, which is the largest single brewery facility in the world. Additionally, Denver ranks first in the nation in beer production per capita and is home to four of the top-50 brewing companies in the nation.

February 8
American Airlines Center

Four-Game Winning Streak Ends in 3-1 Loss

Despite controlling the majority of the second and third periods, the Ducks couldn’t dig their way out of a two-goal deficit after the first 20 minutes of play. Nick Bonino scored the Ducks’ lone goal in the loss, his fourth goal and sixth point of the season. Jonas Hiller started in net but was removed after the first period primarily for precautionary reasons after suffering a lower-body injury. The Ducks will play in St. Louis tomorrow night in the second of back-to-back games. Recap | Photos | Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Stars or Texas
Matt Beleskey - played with San Antonio Rampage (AHL), 2009
Sheldon Souray – played with Dallas Stars, 2011-12
Brad Staubitz – played with Houston Aeros (AHL), 2012
Daniel Winnik – played with San Antonio Rampage (AHL), 2006-07, 2009

Former Ducks currently on the Stars
Aaron Rome, with Ducks from 2006-07

About Dallas
Dallas is the third most populous city in the state of Texas and the ninth-largest city in the United States with a population over 1.2 million. Known as “The Big D,” Dallas is home to 18 businesses that were named Fortune 500 companies in 2012. Dallas is also the location of the State Fair of Texas – a 24-day long festival that has been in existence since 1886.

February 9
Scottrade Center

Ducks Win 6-5 Shootout Thriller in St. Louis

The Ducks found a way to grind out a thrilling 6-5 shootout victory in St. Louis after falling behind 3-1 after the first period. Having played the night before, Anaheim got off to a sluggish start but Teemu Selanne (1g/3a) and Bobby Ryan (2g/2a) led the charge, improving the Ducks to 8-2-1 on the season. Saku Koivu also had a multi-point night (1g/1a). Koivu, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Nick Bonino scored in the shootout and Viktor Fasth improved to 5-0-0 on the season. Recap | Photos | Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Blues or Missouri
Bryan Allen – played with Kansas City Blades (IHL), 2000-01
Patrick Maroon - hometown is St. Louis, Missouri

Former Ducks currently on the Blues
Andy McDonald, played with Ducks, 2000-08

About St. Louis
St. Louis is located on the eastern border of Missouri and has a population of approximately 318,000. St. Louis is commonly associated with the Gateway Arch, the tallest monument in the United States. The 630-foot-tall monument attracts four million guests each year. St. Louis also has the largest amount of free attractions than anywhere else in the United States. The St. Louis Art Museum, Science Center, and Zoo, to name a few, are all free of charge.

February 12
United Center

Ducks Defeat Top-Seeded Blackhawks 3-2 in Shootout

In a battle between the top-2 teams in the Western Conference, the Ducks came out of Chicago with a 3-2 shootout victory on Tuesday night. Ryan Getzlaf gave the Ducks an early lead scoring his fourth goal of the season and Andrew Cogliano tied the game with less than three minutes remaining in regulation. Viktor Fasth stopped 28-of-30 shots including three in an overtime that included two Blackhawks power plays. Fasth improved his record to 6-0-0. The Ducks have now won three of their first four games in a season-long six-game road trip, have won six of seven overall, and earned points in six of seven road games so far. Recap | Photos | Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Blackhawks or Illinois
Bruce Boudreau – played with Blackhawks, 1985-86
Bob Murray – played with Blackhawks, 1975-1990; General Manager, 1997-99

Former Ducks currently on the Blackhawks
Sheldon Brookbank – played with Ducks, 2008-12
Steve Montador – played with Ducks, 2008-09
Ray Emery – played with Ducks, 2011

About Chicago
Chicago is the third largest city in the United States (behind only New York and Los Angeles), with a population of close to 2.7 million. Known as the "Windy City," Chicago contains more than 200 theaters, 200 art galleries and 7,300 restaurants. The Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) is a 108-story, 1,451-foot skyscraper in Chicago. It is currently the tallest building in the United States. The Lincoln Park Zoo, one of only three major free zoos in the country, is the country’s oldest public zoo with an estimated annual attendance of three million.

February 15
Joe Louis Arena

Ducks Stay Hot With 5-2 Victory in Detroit

The Ducks exploded for two goals in a 48-second span early in the third period and went on to defeat the Red Wings 5-2 in Detroit. Four players had multi-point nights (Cogliano (2g), Perry (1g/1a), Getzlaf (2a), Beleskey (1g/1a)) and Sheldon Souray finished with a +3 rating, improving his plus/minus rating to +13 overall. Viktor Fasth stopped 26 shots including several glorious chances in the third period to preserve Anaheim’s lead and eventual victory. Fasth (7-0-0) currently owns the longest winning streak to begin an NHL career since Dan Ellis (with Dallas/Nashville) won his first seven decisions from Feb. 18, 2004-Dec. 1, 2007 (10 games). Additionally, Fasth’s seven-game winning streak is also the NHL's longest this season (last such streak of 7 games was by Ilya Bryzgalov w/PHI from Mar. 1-15, 2012). Recap | Photos | Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Red Wings or Michigan
Andrew Cogliano - played with University of Michigan (CCHA) from 2005-07
Cam Fowler - hometown is Farmington Hills, Michigan

Former Ducks currently on the Red Wings
Mike Babcock, head coach of the Ducks, 2002-04
Todd Bertuzzi, played with Ducks, 2007-08
Kent Huskins, played with Ducks, 2006-09
Drew Miller, played with Ducks, 2007-09

About Detroit
Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan (713,000-plus residents). A hub of the American automobile industry, Detroit is known as the "Motor City." America's oldest surviving soft drink, Vernor's ginger ale, was developed by Detroit pharmacist James Vernor. Detroit has the most registered bowlers in the United States. The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is the tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. In 1879, Detroit became the first city to assign telephone numbers.

February 16
Bridgestone Arena

Ducks Grind Out 3-2 Shootout Win; Finish 5-1-0 on Road Trip

It wasn’t pretty, but the Ducks came out of Nashville with a 3-2 shootout victory, capping off the team’s best road start in club history (7-1-1) after going 5-1-0 (.833 win percentage) on their season-long six-game road trip. Their 5-1-0 road trip marked the club's best road trip of 5 games-or-more (by win percentage) in club history. The Ducks got regulation goals from Matt Beleskey and Patrick Maroon – it was Maroon’s first career NHL tally. Anaheim got shootout goals from Nick Bonino and Corey Perry, and Viktor Fasth stopped two of three shooters for his eighth victory (8-0-0) on the season. In addition, Fasth became the third goaltender in NHL history to win his first eight-or-more career decisions. The two others are Ray Emery of Ottawa (NHL record 9-0-0 from 2003 through 2005) and Bob Froese of Philadelphia (8-0-0 in January of 1983). Fasth is also the first goalie to start a season 8-0-0 since Tim Thomas (BOS) in 2010. Fasth's 8-game win streak is the longest in the NHL since a 9-game streak by Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) from Feb. 21-Mar. 17, 2012. Recap | Photos | Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Predators or Tennessee

Former Ducks currently on the Predators
Brian McGrattan, opened the 2011-12 season with Anaheim

About Nashville
Known as the "Music City," Nashville is the capital of Tennessee. Nashville is the home to the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and many major record labels. The city was founded on Christmas Eve 1779. Presidents Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk resided in the Nashville area. The city houses a replica of the Athena Parthenos, which at 41 feet 10 inches is the largest piece of indoor sculpture in the Western world. It is located in the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

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