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A Closer Look at the Ducks' Eight-Game, 15-Day Road Trip

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

In the middle of February, the Ducks took part in the longest uninterrupted road trip in franchise history. The trek lasted a total of eight games and 15 days before the team returned back home. It would conclude in successful fashion, with Anaheim going 5-1-2 in the string of games away from Honda Center.

Here is a closer look at the trip:

February 10
Joe Louis Arena
Ducks Unable to Slow Wings in SO Loss

Anaheim came close to snapping the Red Wings' long win streak, but ultimately fell in a 2-1 shootout loss. George Parros scored his first goal of the season and Jonas Hiller made 23 saves. Teemu Selanne was the only Duck to convert in the shootout, while Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi scored for Detroit. It was the 19th straight win for the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena, one short of the NHL record. Recap | Photos | Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Red Wings or Michigan
Jason Blake - played with Ferris State (CCHA), 1994-95
Sheldon Brookbank - played with Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL), 2001-02
Andrew Cogliano - played with University of Michigan (CCHA), 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
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 12
Nationwide Arena
Perry Nets Hat Trick in Victory

Corey Perry recorded his fifth career hat trick to lead Anaheim in a 5-3 road victory over the Blue Jackets. It was Perry's second hat trick this season (the other on Jan. 8 vs. Columbus). The reigning NHL MVP also took a career-high 11 shots on the night, one shy of the Ducks franchise record (Paul Kariya had 12 on three separate occasions). Bobby Ryan and Jason Blake also potted goals in the win. Recap | Photos | Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Blue Jackets or Ohio
Francois Beauchemin - played with Blue Jackets, 2005
Sheldon Brookbank - played with Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (AHL), 2003-05
Ryan Getzlaf - played with Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (AHL), 2005
Nate Guenin - played with Ohio State University (CCHA), 2002-06; played with Blue Jackets, 2010-11
Rod Pelley - played with Ohio State University (CCHA), 2002-06
Corey Perry - played with Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (AHL), 2004

Former Ducks currently on the Blue Jackets
Samuel Pahlsson, with Ducks from 2000-09
Vinny Prospal, with Ducks from 2003-04
James Wisniewski, with Ducks from 2009-10

About Columbus
Columbus is the state capital and largest city of Ohio. Fifty percent of the United States population lives within a 500-mile radius of Columbus. The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus. Ohio State University, the nation's largest campus, is located in Columbus. Columbus earned one of its nicknames, "The Arch City", because of the dozens of wooden arches that spanned High Street at the turn of the 20th century.

February 14
Xcel Energy Center
Third Period Goals Lift Ducks to Win
Niklas Hagman and Corey Perry each scored in the third period to lift the Ducks past Minnesota for a 2-1 road victory. Jonas Hiller made 17 saves on the night, including several critical stops during a late scrum around the Anaheim net. The surging Ducks are creeping up in the Western Conference standings. They won for the first time this season when trailing after two periods. The Ducks have now earned points in 16 of their last 18 games and nine of their last 10 road games.  Recap | Photos | Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Wild or Minnesota
Jason Blake - hometown is Moorhead, Minnesota

Former Ducks currently on the Wild
Erik Christensen, played with Ducks, 2009
Matt Cullen, played with Ducks, 1997-2003

About St. Paul
St. Paul is the capital city of Minnesota. When included with Minneapolis, St. Paul is referred to as the "Twin Cities." St. Paul is located on the Mississippi River, which separates it from Minneapolis, in eastern Minnesota. The original name of the settlement that became St. Paul was Pig's Eye. Named for the French-Canadian whiskey trader, Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant, who had led squatters to the settlement.  A total of 61 bridges in the city are 50 years or older.

February 15
Consol Energy Center
Ducks Back to .500 with Big 2-1 Win

Teemu Selanne scored the game-winning goal at the 7:51 mark of the third period in a big 2-1 Ducks victory at Pittsburgh. With the win, Anaheim has its record back to .500 for the first time since Oct. 30. It also got the club to within six points of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks, netting his fifth goal in the last three games. Jonas Hiller also stayed hot, stopping 25-of-26 Penguins shots on the night. It was Anaheim's first win at Pittsburgh in 11 years, with the last coming on Oct. 6, 2001. Recap | Photos| Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Penguins or Pennslyvania
Nate Guenin - born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania; played with Pittsburgh Hornets (AAHA), 1999-2000; played with Flyers 2006-09; played with Penguins, 2009-10
George Parros - born in Washington, Pennsylvania; played with Reading Royals (ECHL), 2004-05
Luca Sbisa - drafted by Flyers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft (first round, 19th overall); played with Flyers, 2008-09

Former Ducks currently on the Penguins
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma, played with Ducks, 2000-04
Chris Kunitz, played with Ducks, 2003-09
Richard Park, played with Ducks, 1996-98

About Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is known as the "Steel City" and "the City of Bridges." Pittsburgh has been ranked "the most livable city in the United States by Rand McNally (2007), Forbes (2010) and The Economist (2011). With eight major theaters in Pittsburgh's downtown Cultural District, the region has more theaters in a concentrated area than any city outside of New York. Pittsburgh's three rivers provide 38 miles of downtown shoreline for recreation and fishing.

February 17
Prudential Center
Ducks Come Back to Earn Point, Fall in SO

Anaheim stormed back from a two-goal deficit to earn a point, but came up just in a shootout and suffered a 3-2 loss to the Devils. With 2:13 left in regulation, Sheldon Brookbank potted his second career goal and first of this season to even the score at New Jersey. Corey Perry scored his team-leading 29th goal, his sixth goal in the last four games, to begin the comeback in the second period. It appeared as though the Ducks had won the game on a Ryan Getzlaf shot in overtime, but a video review by officials determined the puck was kicked into the net. In the shootout, Teemu Selanne was the lone Duck to convert. Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrick Elias connected for the Devils. Jonas Hiller finished the night with 25 saves.   Recap | Photos| Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Devils or New Jersey
Sheldon Brookbank - played with Devils, 2007-09
George Parros - played with Princeton (ECAC), 1999-2003
Rod Pelley - played with Devils, 2006-11
Bobby Ryan - born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Former Ducks currently on the Devils
Ryan Carter - played with Ducks, 2007-10
Kurtis Foster - played with Ducks, 2011
Petr Sykora - played with Ducks, 2002-06

About Newark
Newark is the largest city in the state of New Jersey and one of the major air, shipping and rail hubs in the United States. The city is the third oldest in the United States with more than 330 years of history, behind only New York and Boston. Newark sells more insurance than any other city in the country except Hartford, Connecticut.

February 19
BankAtlantic Center
Hiller Stops 31 Shots in 2-0 Ducks Win

Teemu Selanne scored in the first period and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves in the Anaheim Ducks' 2-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday night. Niklas Hagman added an empty-net goal with 14.3 seconds left and the Ducks earned at least a point for the ninth consecutive game. Anaheim opened the scoring with 7:47 left in the first period on Selanne's 20th goal of the season. Jose Theodore blocked Bobby Ryan's shot from the left circle, but the 41-year-old Selanne scored off the rebound. Selanne is the oldest player to score 20 goals in the NHL since Johnny Bucyk did it for Boston in 1976-77. Selanne moved past Brendan Shanahan into sole possession of 12th place on the career goals list with 657.   Recap | Photos| Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Panthers or Florida
Jason Blake - played with Orlando Solar Bears (IHL), 1998-99
Niklas Hagman - drafted by Panthers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft (third round, 70th overall); played with Panthers, 2001-05

Former Ducks currently on the Panthers

About Sunrise
Sunrise is a located 12 miles west of Fort Lauderdale and 37 miles north of Miami in the state of Florida. Adjacent to BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise is the Sawgrass Mills Mall, the sixth largest mall in the United States. The mall features over 300 stores and has approximately 2.38 million square feet of retail selling space. The city was originally known as Sunrise Golf Village before shortening its name.

February 21
Tampa Bay Times Forum
Points Streaks Ends in Tampa

Anaheim's nine-game points streak came to an end with a 3-2 road loss to the Lightning on Tuesday night.
Saku Koivu and Bobby Ryan each scored goals in the second period, but the Ducks could not complete their comeback bid. It was the first regulation loss for the club on their current eight-game, 15-day road trip. The trek wraps up on Thursday at Carolina.
Jonas Hiller, who was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending Feb. 19, made 13 saves on the night. It was the goaltender's 19th straight start between the pipes, a span in which he's posted a 12-3-4 record. Recap | Photos| Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Lightning or Florida
Jason Blake - played with Orlando Solar Bears (IHL), 1998-99
Dan Ellis - played with Lightning, 2010-11

Former Ducks currently on the Lightning
Marc-Andre Bergeron, played with Ducks, 2008
Brendan Mikkelson, played with Ducks 2008-10
Ryan Shannon, played with Ducks, 2006-07

About Tampa Bay
Tampa is located on Florida's west coast and has a population of more than 335,000 people. IIn 2008, Forbes ranked Tampa the fifth-best outdoor city in the United States. Later this year, Tampa will host the Republication National Convention (at the Tampa Bay Times Forum). The city is home to several big attractions, including Busch Gardens, Adventure Island and the Florida Aquarium.

February 23
RBC Center
Ducks End Trip with Shootout Win

Saku Koivu scored the only goal in the shootout as the Ducks earned a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night, finishing the road trip with a 5-1-2 record. It was the first road win in extra time this season for the Ducks, who are 2-22-2 when trailing after two periods. Corey Perry, who scored his 30th goal for his third career 30-goal season, and Luca Sbisa scored in regulation for Anaheim. Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller (23-20-10) had 30 saves. Recap | Photos| Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Hurricanes or North Carolina

Former Ducks currently on the Hurricanes

About Raleigh
Raleigh is the capital city of North Carolina and and the second-largest city in the state. It is known as the city of oaks for its many oak trees. The city of Raleigh is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, an English aristocrat, poet, writer and soldier, who popularized tobacco in England. Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill make up the three historical primary cities of the Reseach Triangle Metropolitan region. The regional nickname "The Triangle" originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park.
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