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Ducks 2015-16 Season Recap

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


THE 2015-16 SEASON:
The Ducks finished the 2015-16 regular season 46-25-11 for 103 points, ranking first in the Pacific Division, fourth in the Western Conference and sixth in the NHL… it marked the third consecutive year the club has posted 100+ points, joining St. Louis and Chicago as the only NHL teams to do so each of the last three seasons…Anaheim went 6-2-2 in the last 10 games, 21-6-4 in the last 31 and 34-10-5 over the last 49 contests.

DUCKS WIN PACIFIC: The Ducks won their fourth consecutive division title on the last day of the season with a 2-0 victory over Washington…Anaheim became the first NHL team to win four division titles in a row since Vancouver won five straight (Northwest Division) from 2009-2013…the Ducks joined  San Jose (2007-11) as the only two franchises to win the Pacific Division title four years in a row since the division’s creation in1993-94…the Ducks won the division after trailing by 16 points at the halfway point of the season (41 games on Jan. 12), becoming the first team to erase such a deficit at the halfway point since New Jersey in 2005-06 (trailed Philadelphia by 19 points through 41 games).

AFTER THE HOLIDAY BREAK:
After the Christmas break, the Ducks went 34-10-5 for the best record in the NHL (.745 points percentage)…the Ducks led the league in wins (34), standings points (73), PP% (27.5%), PPG (42), fewest goals allowed (104), goals allowed per game (2.1) and goal differential (+50); ranked second in goals (154) and goals per game (3.1) and third in PK% (86.9%) following the break…the Ducks were the first team since 2010 and just the fourth since 2005 to post a .745+ win (73 points) percentage after the Christmas break in a full season (34-10-5)…the others are the 2007 Canucks (32-8-6, .761), 2010 Capitals (37-7-7, .767) and 2006 Red Wings (34-7-5, .793).

DUCKS CAPTURE FIRST JENNINGS TROPHY: Allowing a league-low 192 goals, goaltenders John Gibson and Frederik Andersen won the 2015-16 Jennings Trophy and became the first Anaheim goaltenders to win the award in franchise history…Gibson finished 21-13-4 with a 2.07 GAA and .920 SV% in 40 games, with Andersen going 22-9-7 with a 2.30 GAA and .919 SV% in 43 contests…Gibson ranked tied for second among league leaders with a 2.07 GAA, which was also the lowest among qualified rookie goaltenders (min. 25 games played) since 2009-10 (Tuukka Rask w/ BOS, 1.97).

FIRST IN 3+ DECADES: Anaheim was the first team since the 1984-85 New York Islanders to finish the regular season with the league’s best PP% (23.2%) and PK% (87.2%)…the Ducks led the league in PP% after ranking tied for 19th on Jan. 13 (17.9%, 27-for-151)… the club scored power-play goals in 19 of its last 28 games (in which it had an opportunity), going 29-for-91 with the man advantage (31.9%, best in the NHL)…Anaheim went undefeated in regulation in 23 consecutive games (22-0-1) when scoring a PPG from Nov. 30-Mar. 5.

GOING BACK FURTHER: Since 2012-13, the Ducks are 181-81-32 and lead the NHL in standings points (394), points percentage (.670) and ROW (161)...the club also co-leads in wins with St. Louis.

GOAL CAMPAIGN: The Ducks posted their club-record third consecutive season with four 20-goal scorers, including Corey Perry (34 goals), Ryan Kesler (21), Rickard Rakell (20) and Jakob Silfverberg (20)...the team also had four players to score 20 goals in a Ducks uniform in 2014-15 with Perry (33), Ryan Getzlaf (25), Matt Beleskey (22) and Kesler (20), and in 2013-14 with Perry (43), Getzlaf (31), Nick Bonino (22) and Andrew Cogliano (21)...Anaheim is the only Pacific Division team and one of six in the NHL with four 20-goal scorers in each of the last three seasons.
 
HOME COMFORTS: The Ducks concluded their home schedule setting a club record for fewest home power play goals allowed (14) and matching a franchise record in fewest home goals allowed (84)...Anaheim also posted its highest home PK% (90.0%) since the 2002-03 season (93.6%) and best home faceoff win percentage (53.9%) since 2003-04 (57.0%)...Anaheim went 25-10-6 in 41 home games, leading the league in PK%, ranking second in goals allowed, third in FOW% and fifth in PP% (22.1%)...the Ducks earned standings points in 14 of their last home 16 games, going 12-2-2 for 26 of a possible 32 points.

SECOND HALF SUCCESS: Since the 1967-68 NHL season, the Ducks posted the largest improvement in goals per game during the second half of a season:

SEASON CLUB THROUGH FIRST 41 GAMES REST OF SEASON DIFF.
2015-16 Anaheim 1.85 3.39 1.54
1970-71 Buffalo 2.17 3.46 1.29
2015-16 Pittsburgh 2.34 3.59 1.25
2003-04 Tampa Bay 2.37 3.61 1.24
1968-69 Oakland 2.32 3.54 1.22

YOUTH MOVEMENT: Anaheim had 342 games played by defensemen aged 24-or-younger in 2015-16 (age at time of game)...the only team with more since the 2005-06 season was the 2007-08 Chicago Blackhawks with 404.
 
COMEBACKS: The Ducks posted several significant comebacks this season to help the club climb the Pacific Division standings...on Mar. 26 at Ottawa, Anaheim completed its latest comeback from a three (or more) goal deficit in club history with a 4-3 overtime win…the win marked the third time in club history that the Ducks rallied from a three-goal deficit at any point of the third period (beginning at 5:43)...the latest rally previously was on Jan. 23, 2010 at St. Louis when Scott Niedermayer scored at 5:13 of the third period to begin a rally from three goals down en route to a 4-3 shootout victory...the Ducks also accomplished the feat on Mar. 31, 2014 vs. WPG...the victory over Ottawa also marked the ninth time in franchise history that the Ducks rallied from a three-goal deficit and matched the franchise record for largest road comeback (third time)...down 3-0, the Ducks began the comeback at 5:43 of the third period, tied the game, 3-3, 19:02 into the third period and won, 4-3, at the 2:38 mark of OT...Rickard Rakell completed the successful comeback with his second career OT goal, which also marked his 20th goal of the season...Hampus Lindholm brought the Ducks even with 58 seconds remaining in regulation…on Feb. 13 at Chicago, Ryan Getzlaf extended his own franchise record with his eighth career overtime goal to lead Anaheim to its 800th franchise victory, a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center...Chicago had been 52-0-1 when leading after two periods in 2014-15 and 2015-16 prior to its loss...on Nov. 4 vs. Florida, Anaheim tied the score at 2-2 with 5.1 seconds remaining in regulation courtesy of Corey Perry's first of the season en route to a 3-2 shootout victory...Chris Stewart scored his seventh career shootout goal and fourth career game-deciding goal in the victory.

WHAT A TRIP: With a 5-1-1 record and .786 points percentage from Feb. 8-18, the Ducks completed their most successful road trip of seven games or longer in franchise history...the road trip featured stops in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Columbus, Chicago, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver…the club has been part of 18 continuous road trips of six games-or-more since its debut season in 1993-94, including six that have lasted seven games or more...the top extended road trip in team history (by points percentage) was from Feb. 6-16, 2013 (5-1-0, .833)...overall, the trip finished with 7,300 miles traveled through seven cities over 13 days...it marked the second time in club history that the Ducks had played in all four time zones on a continuous road trip...the only other time Anaheim had a road trip spanning four time zones was Mar. 21-30, 1997 when the club played in Colorado, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Chicago and Detroit.
 
SHUT DOWN: The Ducks established a single-season franchise record with five 1-0 shutout victories in 2015-16…Anaheim posted consecutive 1-0 shutouts on Dec. 29 at Calgary and Dec. 31 at Edmonton for the first time in franchise history...Anaheim also set a club record for consecutive shutouts on the road...the 1-0 wins marked the first time an NHL team had accomplished the feat on the road since Nov. 1 & 3, 2014 by Winnipeg...the last time the Ducks had consecutive shutouts overall was Mar. 6 & 8, 2013 (vs. Phoenix and Calgary, respectively).

NET PRESENCE: John Gibson ranked tied for second among NHL goaltenders with a 2.07 GAA and tied for eighth with four shutouts...Gibson also paced rookies in shutouts, co-led in wins (21) and SV% (.920), and ranked second in appearances (40) and starts (38)... Gibson set franchise records for rookie goaltenders in games played (40), wins (21), GAA (2.07) and shutouts (4)...Frederik Andersen limited the opposition to two goals or less in 29 of his 43 appearances and ranked second among NHL goaltenders in GAA (2.06, min. 20 games) and tied for second in SV% (.926, min. 20 games) from Christmas through the end of the regular season…Andersen also posted a 17-1-3 record following the Christmas break…he posted a personal point streak of 15 consecutive decisions (13-0-2) from Jan. 1-Mar. 5, tied for the second-longest such streak in club history (Jonas Hiller, 14-0-2, Nov. 30-Jan. 12, 2014).

LEADING THE WAY: Ryan Getzlaf had 2-6=8 points with a +4 rating in his last 11 games and 9-20=29 points with a +8 rating in his last 31...overall in 2015-16, Getzlaf ranked tied for seventh in the NHL in assists (50) and eighth overall in assists per game (0.65)...the Anaheim captain was named the NHL's First Star of the Month for February after posting 6-14=20 points with a +13 rating in 14 games...it marked the second time Getzlaf had been named the league’s First Star of the Month...Getzlaf was also the last Duck to receive the honor in December 2014...Getzlaf led the NHL in scoring and plus/minus, ranked third in assists and tied for second in GWG (3) during February.
 
IN THE CIRCLE: Ryan Kesler ranked second among NHL leaders in faceoff win percentage during the regular season (58.5%), winning at least 50% of his draws in 58-of-79 games...over his last 56 games (beginning Nov. 27 vs. Chicago), Kesler won a league-best 59.9% of his draws...in that span, Kesler won at least 50% of his faceoffs 44 times, at least 60% on 30 occasions, 70% 11 times and 80% once.
 
IT'S A STREAK: Andrew Cogliano is the NHL's active leader in consecutive games played (704 games) and owns the sixth-longest streak in NHL history...Cogliano, who appeared in his 700th career NHL game on Apr. 3 vs. Dallas, has never missed a game in his NHL career dating to Oct. 4, 2007 with Edmonton...only one player in NHL history has played more consecutive games to start his career...Doug Jarvis is the NHL's all-time leader with 964 consecutive games from 1975-88...Cogliano is one of six players in NHL history to have a consecutive games streak of 700 or more (below)...the only other in the last 20 years is Jay Bouwmeester (737)...Cogliano became Anaheim's all-time leader in consecutive games played with his 277th straight game as a Duck on Mar. 3, 2015 at Arizona, surpassing Andy McDonald (276).

MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES IN NHL HISTORY
(RK) PLAYER DATE RANGE CONSECUTIVE GAMES
1. Doug Jarvis (MTL/WSH/HFD) Oct. 8, 1975 - Oct. 10, 1987 964
2. Garry Unger (TOR/DET/STL/ATL) Feb. 24, 1968 - Dec. 21, 1979 914
3. Steve Larmer (CHI) Oct. 6, 1982 - Apr. 15, 1993 884
4. Craig Ramsey (BUF) Mar. 27, 1973 - Feb. 10, 1983 776
5. Jay Bouwmeester (FLA/CGY/STL) Mar. 6, 2004 - Nov. 22, 2014 737
6. Andrew Cogliano (EDM/ANA) Oct. 4, 2007 - present 704
7. Henrik Sedin (VAN) Mar. 21, 2004 - Jan. 18, 2014 679
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