Ducks Conclude the Calendar Year with NHL's Top Mark
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DUCKS CONCLUDE THE CALENDAR YEAR WITH NHL’S TOP MARK: With one game remaining in 2014, Anaheim leads the NHL in points (107) and points percentage (.686) during the 2014 calendar year…next on the list is Boston (102 points).
ATOP THE STANDINGS: The Ducks (24-8-6, 54 pts.) remain atop the NHL standings…the Ducks have points in three straight games (2-0-1)…the club is 10-2-1 in their last 13 games, 13-4-1 in their last 18 and 24-7-6 in their last 37. DECEMBER TO REMEMBER: Since Dec. 1, the Ducks lead the NHL in wins (10-2-1) and standings points (21)...among December league leaders, Ryan Getzlaf ranks first in scoring (5-15=20) and assists...Getzlaf's 20 points are the most by a Ducks player in any single month since March 2011, when the Anaheim center also recorded 20 points...in addition, Getzlaf's 20 points are a team record for December, breaking the previous mark of 19 (Kariya, Dec. 1996; Selanne, Dec. 2006)...Frederik Andersen has set a club record for wins in a calendar month by a Ducks goaltender, going a league-leading 10-1-1...the previous record of nine was established by Guy Hebert (Feb. 1999) and matched by both Jean-Sebastien Giguere (Mar. 2006) and Jonas Hiller (Jan. 2010 and Dec. 2013)...the last NHL goalie(s) with 10+ wins in December were Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo in 2009-10 (10 each)...Anaheim owns a league-best 21-3-2 record over the last two Decembers (.846 points percentage) and is one win shy of matching the most December victories in club history (11-1-1 in 2013).
LEADING THE WAY: Ryan Getzlaf (12-30=42) ranks tied for third among NHL leaders in scoring, tied for second in assists, and third in both even-strength assists (18) and even-strength scoring (11-20=31)…he has points in a season-high eight straight (4-8=12, NHL's longest active streak) and in 13 of his last 14 games (6-17=23)...he has also won a career-best 51.5% of his faceoffs this season…Getzlaf assisted on Cam Fowler’s OT goal Dec. 28 vs. VAN, giving him three OT assists this season…his +120 career rating is now tied for the top spot in Ducks history with Teemu Selanne.
IT'S A RECORD: Frederik Andersen has won 40 of his first 55 career NHL decisions (40-10-5), the best start by an NHL goaltender in 34 years and the second-best start in NHL history…Bill Durnan of Montreal holds the NHL record for the fastest to 40 wins (won his 40th in first 53 decisions on Nov. 4, 1944), while former Ducks goaltending coach Pete Peeters (Philadelphia) also won 40-of-55 (won 40th on Nov. 23, 1980)…earlier this season, Andersen became the first goaltender in NHL history to win 26 of his first 31 decisions (26-5-0) with a 4-1 victory on Oct. 22 vs. Buffalo.
MORE ANDERSEN: Andersen now ranks tied for second in the NHL in wins with 20…he started a career-high 20 consecutive games from Nov. 7-Dec. 18, the longest streak by an Anaheim goaltender since Hiller started a club-record 32 straight from Jan.12-Mar. 18, 2012...he also recorded a career-best seven-game win streak from Dec. 1-13, becoming just the third goaltender in club history to win seven straight team games in a single season, joining Hiller (Dec. 6, 2013-Jan. 12, 2014; 14-0-0) and Guy Hebert (Feb. 25-Mar. 22, 1996; 7-0-0).
ON A WINNING NOTE: The Ducks are the only NHL team with two winning streaks of seven games-or-longer this season, including from Oct. 11-24 (7-0-0) and Dec. 1-13 (7-0-0)...since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Ducks have won at least seven straight on five different occasions, with no other NHL team doing it more than twice (Columbus, Pittsburgh and St. Louis have two win streaks of seven games-or-more)...there have been 16 total win streaks of seven games-or-more by NHL teams since the start of the 2013-14 season...the Ducks have posted winning streaks longer than seven games twice in club history, including Dec. 6-28, 2013 (10 games) and Dec. 31, 2013-Jan. 15, 2014 (eight).
THE GAME OF ONE: Fifteen of Anaheim's last 17 victories have been one-goal games dating to a 1-0 win on Oct. 28 at Chicago, including seven decided in extra time (four overtime, three shootout)...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...the Ducks lead the NHL with 18 wins in one-goal games (18-0-6) and join Vancouver as the only two NHL teams without a regulation loss in a game decided by one goal...Anaheim also ranks tied for second among NHL teams for winning percentage in one-goal games (.750)...since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, the Ducks have posted a 59-6-20 record in one-goal games, owning the top record in the NHL by win (points) percentage (.812).
ON TO OVERTIME: Anaheim has played 14 overtime/shootout games in 2014-15, representing 37% of the club's schedule...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 franchise first in any 10-game stretch...through 38 games, the Ducks are only four OT/shootout games shy of matching their entire season total in 2013-14 (18). GOING BACK FURTHER: Dating back to the start of the 2013-14 season, the Ducks own the top regular-season record in the NHL at 78-28-14...in addition, Anaheim also has posted the league's best home (41-11-7) and road (37-17-7) records...the Ducks have 71 wins in regulation/overtime since the start of 2013-14, leading NHL teams and 10 over the closest Western Conference opponent (St. Louis, 61)...among NHL defensemen since the start of the 2013-14 season, Hampus Lindholm ranks second with a +41 rating.