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A Look Into Anaheim's Five-Game Road Trip

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

In their last extended road trip of the season, the Ducks fly east for a stretch of five games spanning nine days. It begins in the Empire State, where they take on the Eastern Conference powerhouse New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. From there, they go to Columbus and Boston, and then play their final regular season game ever at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum before ending the trip in New Jersey.

NEW YORK RANGERS
ARENA:
Madison Square Garden
RECORD: 46-18-7, 99 points
STANDINGS: 1st in the Metropolitan Division, 1st in the Eastern Conference
HOME RECORD: 23-8-5
LAST 10: 8-1-1
STREAK: Won 2
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. NEW YORK: 16-18-5 (7-15-3 at New York)

NEW YORK CONNECTIONS:
Kyle Palmieri – Born in Smithtown, New York

ABOUT THE CITY: New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790. It has been the country's largest city since 1790. Central Park, an 883-acre park in Manhattan, is the most visited city park in the U.S., with 25 million visitors each year. Madison Square Garden, also known as MSG or The Garden, is the oldest building in the National Hockey League. It has hosted the NHL All-Star Game twice (1973, 1994) and played host to four Stanley Cup Finals (1972, 1979, 1994 and 2014). Madison Square Garden is the only venue at which each of the four former members of The Beatles played solo concerts after the breakup of the band – although not at the same time.

DUCKS-RANGERS: The Ducks opened their second half of the 2014-15 regular season with a 4-1 loss to the Rangers at Honda Center on Jan. 7. Francois Beauchemin scored Anaheim's lone goal on the power play at 10:09 of the third period, marking his second goal in as many games and third in five contests since the Christmas break. Drawing assists on the Beauchemin goal were Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, who extended his point streak to three games (1g/2a). Making his second start of the season and first since Dec. 19 at Ottawa, Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 26 of 29 shots.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
ARENA:
Nationwide Arena
RECORD: 33-35-4, 70 points
STANDINGS: 7th in the Metropolitan Division, 13th in the Eastern Conference
HOME RECORD: 13-20-2
LAST 10: 7-3-0
STREAK: Won 3
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. COLUMBUS: 25-18-7 (12-10-2 at Columbus)

COLUMBUS CONNECTIONS:
Francois Beauchemin – Played 11 games with the Blue Jackets (2005-06)
Tim Jackman – Drafted by Columbus in the second round (38th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft, played 19 games with the Blue Jackets (2003-04)
James Wisniewski – Played 208 games spanning parts of four seasons with the Blue Jackets (2011-15)

ABOUT THE CITY: Columbus is known as the Arch City because of the dozens of wooden arches that spanned High Street at the turn of the 20th century. Torn down in the early 1900s, the city rebuilt the arches around the North Shore district in 2002. Silence of the Lambs, which won an Academy Award in 1991, was filmed in Columbus and central Ohio. Archie Griffin, the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner in college football history, was born in Columbus.

DUCKS-BLUE JACKETS: Corey Perry recorded two points (1g/1a) and became the fastest player in franchise history to nine goals (in eight games) as the Ducks topped the Blue Jackets, 4-1, at Honda Center on Oct. 24. Anaheim won its seventh straight game for the longest winning streak in the NHL since Boston won 12 straight from Mar. 2-22, 2014. Ryan Getzlaf notched his third consecutive multi-point game (1g/1a) and joined Perry as each player matched the club record for most points in eight games (also Paul Kariya). Sami Vatanen recorded his career-best third power-play goal of the season at 8:37 of the first period, while former Duck William Karlsson (who was traded to Columbus along with Rene Bourque and a 2015 second-round selection for James Wisniewski and a 2015 third-round selection) collected his first career NHL assist on Vatanen’s goal. John Gibson picked up his first win of 2014-15, stopping 16 of 17 shots.

BOSTON BRUINS
ARENA:
TD Garden
RECORD: 36-25-12, 84 points
STANDINGS: 4th in the Atlantic Division, 8th in the Eastern Conference
HOME RECORD: 21-10-6
LAST 10: 5-2-3
STREAK: Lost 1
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. BOSTON: 12-9-6 (6-5-2 at Boston)

BOSTON CONNECTIONS:
Nate Thompson – Drafted by Boston in the sixth round (183rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, played four games with Bruins (2006-07)
Chris Wagner – Born in Walpole, Massachusetts

ABOUT THE CITY: Boston was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston. It is the only state capital in the contiguous United States with an ocean coastline. The city was chosen by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to compete for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Boston beat out Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC for the official U.S. bid. The TD Garden has been seen/mentioned in movies such as The Town (2010), Knight and Day (2010), Zookeeper (2011) and Ted (2012).

DUCKS-BRUINS: The Ducks extended their point streak against the Boston Bruins to three consecutive games (2-0-1) with a 3-2 victory at Honda Center on Dec. 1. Frederik Andersen recorded his 11th win of the season in his career-high 12th straight start, stopping 32 of 34 shots. Matt Beleskey scored his career-high 12th goal of the season at 4:43 of the third period, surpassing his previous best of 11 set during his rookie season in 2009-10. Beleskey's tally also marked his eighth career game-winning goal and team-leading second of the season. Anaheim also received goals from Sami Vatanen (career-tying sixth of season) and former Duck Devante Smith-Pellly (fourth), and assists from Ryan Getzlaf, Patrick Maroon, Jakob Silfverberg and Cam Fowler.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS
ARENA:
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
RECORD: 44-25-4, 92 points
STANDINGS: 2nd in the Metropolitan Division, 4th in the Eastern Conference
HOME RECORD: 23-12-0
LAST 10: 3-5-2
STREAK: WON 1
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. ISLANDERS: 11-10-6 (5-6-1 at New York)

ISLANDERS CONNECTIONS:
Tim Jackman – Played 159 games spanning three seasons with the Islanders (2007-10)
Nate Thompson – Played 82 games spanning parts of two seasons with the Islanders (2008-10)
James Wisniewski – Played 32 games spanning one season with the Islanders (2010-11)

ABOUT THE CITY: Embodying nearly 40% of New York State's population, Long Island is the most populated island in any U.S. state or territory, and the 17th-most populous island in the world (ahead of places like Ireland and Jamaica). Long Island served an important role in the American Revolution, serving as a base for General Washington's espionage activities due to the western part of the island's proximity to the British military headquarters in New York City. Charles Lindbergh lifted off from Roosevelt Field with his Spirit of Saint Louis for his historic solo flight to Europe. Famous rock bands that originated on Long Island include The Rascals, Dream Theater, Blue Öyster Cult, Twisted Sister and guitar virtuosos John Petrucci, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is currently the second-oldest arena in active use by an NHL team (after nearby Madison Square Garden).

DUCKS-ISLANDERS: Anaheim suffered its first overtime loss of 2014-15 with a 3-2 setback to the Islanders at Honda Center on Nov. 5. Missing Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry (both with flu-like symptoms) for the first time due to injury since March 28, 2008 vs. San Jose, the Ducks rallied from a 2-0 deficit with goals from Matt Beleskey and Emerson Etem in the second period to eventually force overtime. Four players earned assists on Anaheim's two goals, including Cam Fowler, who extended his point streak to three games with his eighth assist of the season. Making his second consecutive start, Jason LaBarbera turned away 33 of 36 shots in his first overtime loss with the Ducks.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS
ARENA:
Prudential Center
RECORD: 31-30-11, 73 points
STANDINGS: 6th in the Metropolitan Division, 12th in the Eastern Conference
HOME RECORD: 18-11-8
LAST 10: 6-3-1
STREAK: Lost 1
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. NEW JERSEY: 10-13-4 (3-7-2 at New Jersey)

NEW JERSEY CONNECTIONS:
Kyle Palmieri – Born in Smithtown, New York, but raised in Montvale, New Jersey

ABOUT THE CITY:
New Jersey is the fourth-smallest U.S. state, but the 11th-most populous and the most densely populated. The state is sometimes referred to as “The Crossroads of the Revolution” for its role in the American Revolution. British and American armies crossed New Jersey numerous times, and several pivotal battles took place in the state. Motion picture technology was developed by Thomas Edison, with much of his early work done at his West Orange, New Jersey laboratory. America's first motion picture industry started in 1907 in Fort Lee and the first studio was constructed there in 1909.

DUCKS-DEVILS: Anaheim concluded a season-high eight-game homestand with a 5-1 win over New Jersey on Jan. 16, going 6-2-0 since Dec. 28 vs. Vancouver. Anaheim held New Jersey to a single shot on goal in the second period, matching the franchise record for fewest shots allowed in a second period. The Ducks' five goals tied a season high (excluding shootout goals), while Ilya Bryzgalov recorded his first win as a Duck since Oct. 15, 2007 vs. Detroit. Corey Perry opened the scoring in the first period with his team-leading 19th goal of the season, his fourth in two games. Jakob Silfverberg recorded his third career multi-goal game (2g), while Patrick Maroon posted his third multi-point game of 2014-15 (1g/1a). Hampus Lindholm added his fifth goal of the season and second career game-winner along with an assist. Ryan Kesler reached the 700-game NHL milestone in the victory.
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