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Ducks in Rare Company with 5th Straight Pacific Title

Anaheim is the seventh different team in NHL history to win five consecutive division titles

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With tonight's 4-3 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Kings, the Anaheim Ducks clinched the 2016-17 Pacific Division for the fifth straight season. The Ducks are the seventh different team in NHL history to win five consecutive division titles, joining the Colorado/Quebec franchise (9 straight from 1995-03), Montreal (8 from 1975-82), Detroit (8 from 2001-09), Edmonton (6 from 1982-87), Dallas (5 from 1997-01) and Vancouver (5 from 2009-13). Anaheim is also the only team to win the Pacific Division five consecutive years since its creation in 1993-94.

The Ducks won the division after falling nine points back of first place on three separate occasions this season, most recently being nine points behind San Jose on March 15 (91 San Jose points to 82 Anaheim points).

Anaheim became the fifth team in league history to conclude the regular season on a 14-game (11-0-3) point streak (courtesy Stats Inc.). The Ducks are the first team to accomplish the feat since Pittsburgh finished the 1992-93 with points in 18 straight games. The other three teams include Montreal (21-game point streak in 1979-80), Philadelphia (14 in 1974-75) and Buffalo (14 in 1979-80). The 11-0-3 run was the third-longest standings point streak in club history and tied for the second longest in the NHL this season (Columbus 16, Washington also had 14).

The Ducks also won their last six games at Honda Center (6-0-0) and earned points in 10 straight (9-0-1).

Anaheim returned from its bye week on Mar. 3 and proceeded to post the second-best record in the NHL through the remainder of the schedule (14-2-3, 31 points).

The Ducks led the league in fewest third-period goals allowed (54), faceoff percentage (54.6%) and faceoff wins (2,687).

Ryan Getzlaf led the Ducks in scoring (15-58=73), becoming the first Anaheim player to do so for five straight seasons. Paul Kariya (1999-03) and Teemu Selanne (1996-99) each led Anaheim in scoring for four consecutive seasons and eight straight combined from 1996-03.

The Ducks finished the season with five players eclipsing 50 points during the regular season, tied for the second most in franchise history. The club record for the most players with 50+ points in a single season was six by the 2006-07 Ducks.

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