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A Long and Winding Road

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
After winning eight straight at home, the Ducks ventured out for a six-game road trip. The crucial season-long trek spanned 13 days and saw the team accumulate 7,510 miles through the air before returning home. In the end, Anaheim came away with a 3-3 record including wins in the last two stops in Florida.

Here is a closer look at the trip:

January 21
HP Pavilion
Road trip starts with 3-1 loss to Sharks
The Ducks could only get a goal from rookie Matt Beleskey in falling to the Sharks for the fifth time this year, 3-1 at HP Pavilion.

Ducks with ties to the Sharks
Teemu Selanne (played with San Jose from 2000-03)
TV Color Analyst Brian Hayward (played with San Jose from 1991-93)

Former Ducks currently on the Sharks
Kent Huskins (played with Anaheim from 2006-09)

About the city of San Jose
Known as "The Capital of Silicon Valley," San Jose is the third-largest city in California and the 10th-largest in the United States. It is the oldest civil settlement in California, founded in 1777. When California became a state in 1850, San Jose was selected as its first capital. Based on FBI crime statistics, it is the safest big city (500,000-plus people) in America.

January 23
Scottrade Center
Ducks Rally from 3 Down to Win
Anaheim thrillingly overcame a 3-0 deficit in the third period to defeat the Blues 4-3 in a shootout. Bobby Ryan scored two goals on the night, including one that tied the game with 30 seconds left in regulation. James Wisniewski converted the game-winner in the seventh round of the shootout.

Ducks with ties to the Blues

Former Ducks currently on the Blues
Paul Kariya (played with Anaheim from 1994-2003)
Andy McDonald (played with Anaheim from 2001-2007)

About the city of St. Louis
St. Louis is nicknamed "Gateway to the West" for its role in the United States' expansion westward. The iconic image of the city is the Gateway Arch, which was completed in 1965 and is an integral part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The arch stands 630 feet, making it the tallest monument in the United States. The city is home to the world's largest brewery, Anheuser-Busch. Forest Park (1,293 acres) in St. Louis is one of the largest urban parks in the world. St. Louis was the site of the first Olympics in the United States (and third overall) in 1904.

January 26
Ducks Edged by Thrashers
The Ducks nearly tied the game once again, with Ryan Getzlaf hitting a post with one second left in regulation, but they ultimately fell on the road to the Thrashers 2-1.

Ducks with ties to the Thrashers

Former Ducks currently on the Thrashers

Mark Popovic (played with Anaheim from 2003-04)

About the city of Atlanta
Atlanta is the most populated city in the state of Georgia. The city is one of just three in the United States to host the Summer Olympics (along with St. Louis and Los Angeles), having done so in 1996 (the Centennial Games). The world headquarters of Coca-Cola, AT&T Mobility and Delta Airlines are located in Atlanta. Since 2000, Atlanta has been the fastest-growing metropolian area in the nation.
Before being named Atlanta, the city was originally called Terminus and then Marthaville.

January 27
Verizon Center
Ducks Edged by Thrashers
Tied with Washington after 40 minutes of play, the Ducks surrendered four goals in the third period and lost 5-1 in the nation's capital. Anaheim's lone goal came from rookie winger Dan Sexton, his ninth of the season.

Ducks with ties to the Capitals
Steve Eminger (played with Washington from 2002-08)
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (was Assistant Coach with Washington from 2002-04)
Equipment Manager Doug Shearer (had same role with Washington from 1983-2007)
Head Athletic Trainer Tim Clark (was Assistant Trainer with Washington from 1998-2004)

Former Ducks currently on the Capitals
Brendan Morrison (played with Anaheim from 2008-09)

About the city of Washington, DC
Founded on July 16, 1790, Washington, DC is the capital of the United States. The White House, the official residence and workplace for the President, is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington.
The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the United States are located in DC, as are many of the nation's monuments and museums. Washington hosts 174 foreign embassies and is the headquarters for the World Bank. DC averages 39 inches of rainfall a year, which is more than Seattle.

January 29
St. Pete Times Forum
Wiz Wins it for Ducks
James Wisniewski scored the lone Anaheim goal in regulation and the game-winner in a shootout to lift the Ducks past Tampa Bay 2-1. It was the defenseman's second shootout attempt in his career, with the other also being a game-winner at St. Louis previously on this trip.

Ducks with ties to the Lightning
Evgeny Artyukhin (played with Tampa Bay in 2005-06 and 2008-09)
Steve Eminger (played with Tampa Bay from 2008-09)
TV Play-by-Play Announcer John Ahlers (was Tampa Bay's radio play-by-play voice from 1999-2002)

Former Ducks currently on the Lightning
Brandon Bochenski (played with Anaheim in 2008)
Todd Fedoruk
(played with Anaheim from 2005-06)
Zenon Konopka (played with Anaheim from 2005-06)

About the city of Tampa
In 2008, Tampa was ranked as the fifth-best outdoor city by Forbes. The city has one of the largest ports in the United States. During the first few decades of the 20th century, the cigar making industry was the backbone of Tampa's economy. Since 1904, the city has held Gasparilla Pirate Festival. Often compared to Mardi Gras, Gasparilla is usually held on the last Saturday of January. The invasion-themed event has an attendance of over 400,000 people and brings in over 23 million dollars to the city of Tampa.

February 1
BankAtlantic Center
Hiller Stifles Panthers in Win
Fresh off signing a long-term extension, goaltender Jonas Hiller posted a 33-save shutout (the sixth of his NHL career) in a 3-0 Ducks victory at Florida. Teemu Selanne (in his first game back from a broken jaw), Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each scored goals for Anaheim in the finale of its six-game road trip.

Ducks with ties to the Panthers
Nick Boynton (played with Florida from 2008-09)
Steve Eminger (played with Florida in 2009)

Former Ducks currently on the Panthers

About the state of Florida
Florida became the 27th State in America on March 3, 1845. The state is known as "The Sunshine State" because of its usual warm climate and one of its cities (St. Petersburg) is in the Guiness Book of World Records for the most consecutive days of sunshine with 768.
The state's mild winters have made it a haven for retirees. The state capital is located in Tallahassee and the largest city in Florida is Jacksonville. This year's NFL Super Bowl and Pro Bowl will be held in Miami, Florida. There is no state income tax in the state. Florida has more golf courses (1,250-plus) than any other state. Florida was the site of several recounts in the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.
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