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A Closer Look at the Ducks' Seven-Game, 13-Day Road Trip

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

In the opening month of the 2011-12 season, the Ducks went out on a seven-game, 13-day road trip. The trek was tied for third-longest in franchise history and was the club's second-longest of the 2011-12 campaign.

Here is a closer look at the trip:

October 25
United Center
Trip Starts with Shootout Loss

Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne each scored for the Ducks, but Anaheim was outlasted by the Blackhawks in a 3-2 shootout loss at United Center. Both goals for the Ducks came in the second period and each put the club in front by one. Chicago was able to find the equalizer each time though, first from Marian Hossa in the second and then Patrick Sharp 5:57 into the third period. Selanne was the lone Duck to convert in the shootout, while both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane connected for Chicago. Jonas Hiller peformed well in the defeat, stopping 33-of-35 shots, several of which came in spectacular fashion down the stretch. Recap | Photos | Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Blackhawks or Chicago
Kurtis Foster - played with Chicago (AHL), 2001-04
George Parros - played with Chicago (NAHL), 1998-99

Former Ducks currently on the Blackhawks

Ray Emery, with Ducks in 2011
Steve Montador, with Ducks from 2008-09
Sean O'Donnell, with Ducks from 2006-08

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.

October 27
Xcel Energy Center
Power Play Clicks in Win

Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf each scored on the power play to lead the Ducks in a 3-2 road victory at Minnesota. Bobby Ryan also lit the lamp and Teemu Selanne totaled three assists on the night. Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller enjoyed another solid outing by stopping 23-of -25 shots. Getzlaf's goal, his fourth in the last three games, came in the third period and held up as the game-winner. The Ducks captain had a wide-open net after Selanne's pass skipped over defenseman Justin Falk, who went to his knees without success to try to stop the puck in the crease. Recap | Photos | Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Wild or Minnesota
Jason Blake - hometown is Moorhead, Minnesota
Kurtis Foster - played with Wild, 2005-09

Former Ducks currently on the Wild
Matt Cullen, with Ducks from 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.

October 29
Bridgestone Arena
Ducks Blanked in Rematch of Playoffs

In a rematch of last season's Western Conference Quarterfinals, the Ducks were shutout by the Predators 3-0 at Bridgestone Arena. It was the first time this season Anaheim failed to register at least one goal on the scoreboard. Nashville was the third stop in the Ducks' current seven-game road trip, which is tied for the third longest in club history. This weekend features the only back-to-back on the trek, as the team will play in Columbus on Sunday. Jonas Hiller, making his ninth start of 2011-12, made 26 saves in the loss. Francois Beauchemin played a team-high 25:07 on the night. Recap | Photos | Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Predators
Sheldon Brookbank - played with Predators, 2007
Dan Ellis - played with Predators, 2007-10

Former Ducks currently on the Predators
Brian McGrattan, opened this season with Anaheim

About Nashville
Known as the "Music City," Nashville is the capital of Tennessee.
Nashville is the home to th 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.

October 30
Nationwide Arena
Ducks Topped on the Road by Jackets

Anaheim was unable to jumpstart its offense in the second half of a back-to-back and fell to the Blue Jackets 3-1 at Nationwide Arena. The Ducks, who were suffered a 3-0 shutout loss at Nashville on Saturday, now have a 5-5-1 record on the season. Bobby Ryan scored his fourth goal of the season in the defeat, a tally that tied the  game in the first period. Teemu Selanne earned an assist to give him a team-leading seven helps on the year. The veteran right winger is also first on the club with 10 points. Goaltender Dan Ellis was given his second start on the season in relief of Jonas Hiller and stopped 18-of-21 shots. His goals-against average now stands at 2.01 in 2011-12. Recap | Photos | Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Blue Jackets
Francois Beauchemin - played with Blue Jackets, 2005

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.

November 1
Verizon Center
Ducks Lose Big Lead, Fall in OT

Despite a strong start to the game at Washington, the Ducks could not hold off the Capitals and were defeated 5-4 in overtime. Anaheim (5-5-2), who led by as many as three goals on the night, allowed the game-tying goal to Nicklas Backstrom with 42 seconds left in regulation. In the extra session, it was Backstrom again with the game-winning tally at the 2:18 mark.Teemu Selanne enjoyed another fine night in the loss, totaling a season-high four points (two goals, two assists). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Selanne is the is fourth player in the last 30 years to have at least a four-point game at age 41 or older.
Corey Perry and Saku Koivu also scored for Anaheim on the night. Recap | Photos | Highlights

Ducks with ties to the Capitals
Randy Carlyle - assistant coach with Capitals, 2002-04
Andrew Gordon - played with Capitals, 2008-11

Former Ducks currently on the Capitals

About Washington D.C.
Washington the capital of the United States of America and the home to the White House. Major Pierre Charles L’Enfant designed the city in 1791, the first American city to be planned. It is also known as District of Columbia. The city of Washington, D.C. was named after George Washington and the District was named in memory of Christopher Columbus. The National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument are all located in Washington D.C.

November 3
Madison Square Garden
Ducks Suffer Shootout Loss, 2-1

Just like the did in Stockholm less than one month ago, the Ducks and Rangers needed a shootout to solve a 1-1 tie. But unlike the Sweden game, it was Anaheim who came up on the losing end this time around. After they started the game at Madison Square Garden sluggishly, the Ducks rebounded for a much better second half of the contest. Bobby Ryan scored his fifth goal of the season, tying the game at the 18:18 mark of the second period. Outshot 10-2 in the first period, Anaheim outshot the Rangers 10-9 in the middle session and then 15-4 in the third. Teemu Selanne was the lone Duck to convert in the shootout, while Erik Christensen and Marian Gaborik scored on the other end of the ice for New York. Jonas Hiller bounced back from a tough loss at Washington, stopping 24-of-25 shots on the night and several came in spectacular fashion. Recap | Photos | Highlights

Former Ducks currently on the Rangers
Erik Christensen, with Ducks in 2009
Steve Eminger, with Ducks from 2009-10

About New York City
With approximately 8.2 million people, New York City is the most populous city in the United States. New York City consists of five boroughs: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. The city attacts nearly 50 million visitors annually. Among the landmarks is Times Square, a major intersection in Manhattan also referred to as the "Crossroads of the World." New York City's financial district, anchored by Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, functions as the financial capital of the world. The home of the Rangers, Madison Square Garden, is the oldest arena in the NHL (opened in 1968).

November 5
Joe Louis Arena
Trip Ends with 5-0 Shutout Loss

A long and tough rough trip for the Ducks finally came to an end with a 5-0 shutout loss to the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Anaheim (5-6-3) seemed overmatched from the start, getting outshot 18-7 in the first period of play. The Ducks were only down by one though after 20 minutes. One of the club's best chances came in that opening frame, when Andrew Gordon rang a shorthanded shot off the post. In the second period, the Red Wings again held a large shot advantage over the Ducks (18-6). Detroit also padded its lead, with two goals in a 50 second span from Henrik Zetterbeg and Nicklas Lidstrom. Luca Sbisa appeared to score his first goal of the season for Anaheim in the middle stanza, but it was quickly waved off for what was ruled incidental contact by Corey Perry on Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard. Lidstrom (his second goal of the game) and Johan Franzen lit the lamp in the third to finish off the scoring, the latter bringing Jonas Hiller's night to an end. The Anaheim netminder stopped 40-of-45 shots before giving way to backup Dan Ellis. Recap | Photos | Highlights

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

Former Ducks currently on the Red Wings
Mike Babcock, head coach of the Ducks from 2002-04
Todd Bertuzzi, with Ducks from 2007-08
Drew Miller, with Ducks from 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.

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