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Ducks 2014-15 Season in Review

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

THE 2014-15 REGULAR SEASON: 
The Ducks finished the season 51-24-7 for 109 points…Anaheim had the top record in the Western Conference for the second consecutive season (and second time in club history) …the Ducks posted the second-best record in franchise history, trailing only the 2013-14 club (53-20-8, 114)...Anaheim recorded its second consecutive 50-win season in franchise history...the last NHL team to post back-to-back 50-win seasons was Vancouver in 2010-11 (54-19-9) and 2011-12 (51-22-9)...the Ducks also matched the club record for most road standings points (54) and wins (25-12-4), a record originally set with the exact same record in 2013-14...Anaheim finished second among NHL teams in road points and road wins, concluding the season on a four-game win streak as visitors…the Ducks owned the NHL’s top intra-conference record with a 34-11-5 mark vs. Western Conference opponents…Anaheim finished with a16-5-0 vs. the Central Division, leading NHL teams in wins and ranking second in points % (.762)...the club also went 18-6-5 vs. the Pacific, earning wins in seven of its last nine (7-2-0)…overall, the Ducks won five of their last seven games (5-2-0), went 9-4-0 in the last 13 and 16-8-0 in the last 24.
 
PACIFIC HEIGHTS: Anaheim clinched its third consecutive Pacific Division title and fourth in franchise history (2007, 2013, 2014, 2015) with a 5-1 victory over Edmonton on Apr. 1...the Ducks own the longest active streak of division titles since 2012-13 and are the only team to win its division twice since the league debuted its four-division format in the 2013-14 regular season...the Ducks assumed sole possession of the Pacific on Dec. 5, 2014 (17-6-5, 28 games) and held the same position for the remainder of the regular season.

IT'S A RECORD: The Ducks set an NHL single-season record for most wins when trailing in the third period (at any point) and matched the NHL mark for wins when trailing after two periods…a closer look:
 
MOST WINS WHEN TRAILING AT ANY POINT IN THE THIRD PERIOD IN NHL HISTORY

TEAM SEASON GAMES
Anaheim 2014-15 18
Dallas 2005-06 15
Dallas 2006-07 15
Tampa Bay 2006-07 14
Detroit 2008-09 13

MOST WINS WHEN TRAILING AFTER TWO PERIODS IN NHL HISTORY

TEAM SEASON GAMES
Anaheim 2014-15 12
Dallas 2005-06 12
Pittsburgh 2008-09 11
Vancouver 2009--10 11

COMEBACKS: The Ducks earned 24 comeback victories in 2014-15 after posting 26 last season...the 26 comebacks in 2013-14 were the most in the NHL since Detroit and Nashville in 2005-06 (26)...the 50 comebacks over the last two seasons led the NHL (NYI second with 41)...Anaheim led the NHL with a .343 win percentage and 12 wins (12-23-0) when down after two (DET ranked second with a .333 win %).
 
SITUATIONALLY:
The Ducks were one of two NHL teams with only one regulation loss when tied after two periods (9-1-5; third with a .767 points %)...Anaheim was also one of five teams that has not lost in regulation when leading after two (29-0-2)...in addition, the Ducks are 37-2-4 when allowing two goals-or-less this season (18-0-2 at home, 19-2-2 on the road).

THE GAME OF ONE: Anaheim set an all-time NHL record with 33 wins in one-goal games (33-1-7)…the Ducks also led the NHL in winning percentage (.805) in one-goal games and were the only NHL team with fewer than four one-goal losses in regulation...Anaheim set an NHL single-season record for most consecutive one-goal games without a regulation loss (33), going 26-0-7 from Oct. 11-Feb. 23...the previous mark was held by the 1979-80 Chicago Blackhawks, who went 11-0-19 in one-goal (or tie) games...the Ducks also set an NHL record for most consecutive home wins by a one-goal margin (discounting losses or ties), with 11 in a row (five regulation, two overtime and four shootouts) from Nov. 12-Jan. 11...overall, 29 of the club’s final 39 victories were in one-goal games dating to a 1-0 win on Oct. 28 at Chicago, including 15 decided in extra time (eight OT, seven SO)...the club’s 12 straight wins by one goal from Oct. 28-Dec. 10 were the most in the NHL since Atlanta had 14 in 2010-11...since the start of the 2012-13 season, the club is 74-7-21 in one-goal games for the NHL's top record by points percentage (.828).

WINNING TRADITION: The Ducks finished first in the West and third overall in the NHL this season…the Ducks also own the top NHL record over the past two seasons (105-44-15, 225 pts.) and over the past three seasons (135-56-21, 291 pts.)…the club has the most regulation/overtime wins (118) over the last three seasons (non-shootout), two ahead of Pittsburgh (116) and nine over the closest Western Conference opponent (CHI and STL each with 109).

ON A WINNING NOTE: The Ducks were the only NHL team with three winning streaks of six games-or-longer in 2014-15, including Oct. 11-24 (7-0-0), Dec. 1-13 (7-0-0) and Jan. 11-27 (6-0-0)...since 2013-14, the Ducks won at least seven straight on five different occasions, with no other NHL team doing it more than three times (CBJ and STL have three win streaks of seven games-or-more)...there have been 20 total win streaks of seven games-or-more by NHL teams since the start of the 2013-14 season.

ON TO OVERTIME: Anaheim played 23 overtime/shootout games in 2014-15 and led the NHL with 16 OT/shootout wins (16-2-5)...the Ducks played nine OT/SO contests in the first 21 games from Oct. 9-Nov. 20 to match a 2003-04 franchise record to start a season...from Oct. 31-Nov. 20, Anaheim went beyond regulation in eight of 10 games, a club first in any 10-game stretch...with their 19th OT/SO game in their 53rd contest on Feb. 6 at Washington, the Ducks surpassed their entire season total of 18 in 2013-14.

LEADING THE WAY: Ryan Getzlaf finished the season ranked tied for fourth among NHL leaders in primary assists (31), tied for third in even-strength scoring (22-33=55) and 10th in even-strength assists (33)…13 of his 25 goals either tied a game or gave the Ducks a lead and six were GWG...Getzlaf, who co-led the NHL in overtime scoring (2-3=5) and ranked tied for fourth in OT assists, scored his franchise-leading seventh career overtime goal on Mar. 26 at Boston...with 2-0=2 points on Mar. 11 at Calgary, Getzlaf passed Paul Kariya for sole possession of second place of the franchise's all-time scoring list with his 670th and 671st career points as a Duck...he scored twice in the opening 2:51 of the first period in that game, the fastest two goals by an Anaheim player from the start of a game in club history...he was the first NHL player to score two goals in the first three minutes of a road game since Feb. 14, 2003, when Boston's Mike Knuble set the NHL record for the fastest two goals from the start of a game (home or road) by scoring twice in the first 27 seconds at Florida...in his following game on Mar. 13 in Minnesota, Getzlaf became the third player in franchise history to play 700 games in an Anaheim uniform, joining Selanne and Perry...Getzlaf also won a career-best 50.6% of his faceoffs this season and ranked second among NHL forwards in blocked shots (95).
 
GOAL ORIENTED: Among NHL leaders, Corey Perry ranked tied for 10th in goals (33), eighth in goals-per-game (.50) and tied for seventh in shooting percentage (17.1)...with his 33rd goal of the season, Perry became the fourth Duck to record 600 career points...only Selanne (988), Getzlaf (678) and Kariya (669) have more with the franchise...Perry recorded his fifth career 30-goal season on Mar. 22 at the New York Rangers, the third-most in franchise history behind only Selanne (7) and Kariya (6)….he posted two hat tricks in the first seven games, becoming the sixth NHL player in 29 years to record multiple hat tricks in the first seven games of a season…with three goals (3-0=3) on Oct. 9 at Pittsburgh, Perry became the first Duck to record a hat trick in a season opener.

IN THE BEGINNING: Frederik Andersen joined Montreal’s Bill Durnan as the fastest goaltenders in NHL history to 50 wins, accomplishing the feat in 68 career decisions on Mar. 3 at Arizona...Durnan also won 50 in 68 decisions on Dec. 16, 1944...Andersen finished the season with a 35-12-5 record with three shutouts, a 2.38 GAA and .914 SV% in 54 games, marking the second-most single-season wins in franchise history (J.S. Giguere with 36 in 2006-07)…ranked eighth among NHL goaltenders in wins, Andersen was the fourth Anaheim netminder to record a 30-win season…he was the first to post multiple winning streaks of seven games or more in one season, including two career-high seven-game streaks from Dec. 1-13 (7-0-0) and Jan. 2-27 (7-0-0)...he started a career-high 20 consecutive games from Nov. 7-Dec. 18, the longest streak by an Anaheim goaltender since Jonas Hiller started a club-record 32 straight from Jan.12-Mar. 18, 2012...Andersen also became the third goaltender in club history to win seven straight team games in a single season from Dec. 1-13, joining Hiller (Dec. 6, 2013-Jan. 12, 2014; 14-0-0) and Guy Hebert (Feb. 25-Mar. 22, 1996; 7-0-0)…during his season-opening six-game win streak, Andersen posted a career-high scoreless streak of 152 minutes and 46 seconds (spanning three games) from Oct. 17-22.

IRON MAN: Andrew Cogliano is the NHL’s reigning Ironman (622 games), having never missed a game in his NHL career dating to Oct. 4, 2007 with EDM...only two players in NHL history have played more consecutive games to start their careers: Doug Jarvis (the NHL's all-time Ironman overall with 964 consecutive games from 1975-88) and Andy Hebenton (second with 630 consecutive games from 1955-64)...Cogliano is the eighth player in NHL history to have a consecutive games streak of 600 or more...the only two others in the last 20 years are Jay Bouwmeester (737) and Henrik Sedin (679)…Cogliano became Anaheim's all-time leading Ironman with his 277th consecutive game as a Duck on Mar. 3 at Arizona, surpassing Andy McDonald (Cogliano now at 294 games as a Duck).

PLUS EFFORT: At the age of 21, Hampus Lindholm has posted a +54 career rating in his first two NHL seasons, leading all NHL defensemen and ranking fourth overall in the league...no other defenseman in the top 5 is under the age of 27...a closer look:
 
TOP OVERALL PLUS/MINUS SINCE 2013-14

Rank Player (Team) Age Rating
1 Ondrej Palat (TB) 23 63
2 Tyler Johnson (TB) 24 56
  Jonathan Toews (CHI) 26 56
4 Hampus Lindholm (ANA) 21 54
5 Vladimir Tarasenko (STL) 23 47

TOP PLUS/MINUS SINCE 2013-14 AMONG DEFENSEMEN

RANK PLAYER (TEAM) AGE RATING
1 Hampus Lindholm (ANA) 21 54
2 Johnny Boychuk (NYI) 31 46
3 Francois Beauchemin (ANA) 34 43
   Marc-Edouard Vlasic (SJ) 27 43
5 Matt Niskanen (WSH) 28 40
  Kevan Miller (BOS) 27 40

*This season, Lindholm’s +25 rating ranked tied for second among NHL defensemen…no other defensemen in the top five was under the age of 25.

BEHIND THE BENCH: Bruce Boudreau, who appeared in his 250th game with the Ducks on Feb. 25 vs. Ottawa, won his 150th game with Anaheim on Feb. 28 vs. Los Angeles and earned his 350th career win overall on Feb. 23 vs. Detroit...Boudreau currently owns a 162-79-29 record in 270 games with the Ducks...on Mar. 2, 2014 vs. Carolina, Boudreau became the fastest Ducks coach to 100 victories (169 career games)...with an all-time record of 363-167-69 in 599 career NHL games, Boudreau leads active NHL coaches in points % with a .664 mark (min. 100 games).

MILESTONES ACHIEVED
Francois Beauchemin - 200th NHL point, Nov. 2 @ COL; 500th game as a Duck, Feb. 15 vs. WSH
Matt Beleskey - 100th NHL point, Jan. 2 vs. STL; 300th NHL game, Dec. 22 vs. SJ
Andrew Cogliano - 600th NHL game, Feb. 21 @ EDM; 100th point as a Duck, Dec. 13 @ WPG
Emerson Etem - 100th NHL game, Mar. 1 @ DAL
Cam Fowler - 300th NHL game, Dec. 22 vs. SJ; 100th NHL assist, Oct. 26 vs. SJ
Ryan Getzlaf - 700th NHL game, Mar. 13 @ MIN; 200th NHL goal, Feb. 8 @ TB
Ryan Kesler - 200th NHL goal, Mar. 18 vs. LA; 700th NHL game, Jan. 16 vs. NJ; 400th NHL point, Oct. 26 vs. SJ
Hampus Lindholm - 100th NHL game, Nov. 23 vs. ARI
Patrick Maroon - 100th NHL game, Dec. 12 @ EDM
Corey Perry - 600th NHL point, Apr. 1 vs. EDM; 700th NHL game, Feb. 21 @ EDM; 300th NHL assist, Feb. 12 @ CAR
Jakob Silfverberg - 100th game as a Duck, Jan. 27 @ VAN
Nate Thompson - 100th NHL point, Mar. 9 @ VAN; 400th NHL game, Oct. 26 vs. SJ
Sami Vatanen - 100th NHL game, Jan. 14 vs. TOR
Bruce Boudreau - 200th game with Anaheim, Oct. 31 @ DAL

2014-15 INJURIES



*The Ducks 355 man games lost were the fourth most in the NHL
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