ANOTHER STRONG FINISH:
With 20 games left, the Ducks were 32-25-5 with 69 points and ranked 11th in the Western Conference...the Ducks went 15-5-0 over the last 20 games, climbing to fourth in the West…during that stretch, Corey Perry
led the NHL in goals and points (19-12=31 with a +12)…the Ducks also won their last two games, 10 of their last 13 (10-3-0), and went 29-13-1 over the last 43 contests...since the 2005-06 season, the team has a 144-79-23 combined record (311 pts., .632 win%) over the final 41 games of each season (27-13-1 in 2010-11).
AT HONDA CENTER:
Anaheim completed the 2010-11 regular season campaign at Honda Center with a 26-13-2 record, earning 54 of a possible 82 standings points (.659 win percentage)…the club’s 26 wins at home matched the second-most in franchise history (also 2005-06 and 2006-07)…the Ducks won five of their last six games (5-1-0) and nine of their last 12 (9-3-0) at Honda Center.
With a 2-1 victory on Apr. 8 vs. Los Angeles, the Ducks clinched a playoff berth for the fifth time in the last six NHL seasons…it marks Anaheim’s eighth overall appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (1997, 1999, 2003, 2006-2009, 2011)…the Ducks enter the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs having won seven postseason rounds since the 2005-06 season…only Detroit (10) and Pittsburgh (8) have won more…the club’s 34 postseason wins since 2005-06 are also the third-most in the NHL (Detroit 48, Pittsburgh 38).PERRY'S RECORD-BREAKING SEASON: Corey Perry
led the NHL in goals (50) and tied for the league lead in GWG (11, also Ovechkin) in 2010-11...he finished third in points (98) and tied for fifth in PPG (14) and SHG (4)...he also ranked second among all NHL forwards in avg. TOI (22:18), which is also first among all right wingers…a full profile of Perry’s record-breaking season is included in the forthcoming attachment: Corey Perry
’s Bid for the Hart – A Record-Breaking Campaign. BETTER WITH AGE: Teemu Selanne
(40 years old) recorded 31-49=80 points this season in 73 games…25 of Selanne's 31 goals came in a tied game or a one-goal contest...he was one of 15 NHL players to average over one point-per-game (eighth with 1.10)…the second-oldest player on that list was Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis (35 yrs.) who averaged 1.21 points-per-game...Selanne ranked third in the NHL with 16 PPG and tied for eighth in overall scoring…only two players in NHL history age 40+ have recorded more points: (Gordie Howe (DET), 1968-98, 103 pts., 40 yrs, 276 days; Johnny Bucyk (BOS), 1975-76, 83 pts., 40 yrs, 234 days*...Selanne reached the 30-goal plateau for the 10th time in his career and first since 2006-07 (48 goals)...on Mar. 28 vs. Colorado, he became the first player in history age 40+ to record three goals and five points (3-2=5) in a single game and the fourth-oldest player in NHL history to record a 3+ goal game (also Howe, Bucyk & Lidstrom)...Selanne also became the first player in NHL history with four game-tying goals in the final 3:00 of the third period in one season (Feb. 11, Mar. 6, Mar. 20 and Mar. 23)...Selanne had 10-6=15 points in his final 11 games and 10-10=20 in 16.
*Note: Age is determined based on Jan. 1 of given seasonVISNOVSKY LEADS THE PACK: Lubomir Visnovsky
led NHL defensemen in scoring (68), assists (50) and points-per-game (.84), and ranked second in goals (18)...he became the Ducks' all-time leading goal scorer among defensemen on Apr. 2 at San Jose (previous record was 16 by Olausson, 98-99)... a full profile of Visnovsky’s record-breaking season is included in the forthcoming attachment: Visnovsky’s Norris Trophy Bid: The NHL’s Top Defensive Scorer in 2011-12. SCORING BALANCE:
The Ducks were the only team in the NHL with four 70+ point scorers (Vancouver was next closest with three 70+ scorers)...in addition, Anaheim was one of only two teams in the NHL with five 60+ scorers (also San Jose), a list that included Corey Perry
(98), Teemu Selanne
(80), Ryan Getzlaf
(76), Bobby Ryan
(71) and Lubomir Visnovsky
(68)...2010-11 marked the first time in franchise history a Ducks team had as many players finish with 70 points or more (previous: two players, seven times)...in addition, Anaheim was the only NHL team with three players averaging over a point-per-game (Perry, Selanne, Getzlaf)...in the last 16 games, Anaheim's top line of Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan combined for 26-45=71 points along with a +41 rating...following his return from injury on Feb. 9, Ryan Getzlaf
scored 6-33=39 points to rank second in the NHL in scoring through the remainder of the season...he also averaged 1.44 points-per-game following his return...Getzlaf, who had points in nine of the last 11 games (2-17=19, +11), ranked fourth in the NHL in assists (57) and sixth in points-per-game (1.13)…Ryan, who had points in four of the last six (2-4=6) games and 2-9=11 points in the last 10, ranked tied for eighth in the NHL in goals and finished only one goal shy of matching his career best of 35.MONTHLY SPECIALS:
The Ducks finished the month of March with an 11-3-0 mark, tying the club record for wins in a single month (also 11 in Mar. 2006)…four Anaheim players were among the top seven scorers in the NHL in March, including the co-leading scorer (Perry, 21) and leading defenseman scorer (Visnovsky, 18)...Getzlaf (20) was third and Selanne (19) tied for fourth among March scorers…in January, the Ducks finished with an 8-3-0 record for a .727 win percentage, a club record for January...the .727 mark bested the previous January high set during 2005-06 (.692, 7-2-4).
ROOKIE RECORDS FALL
: Cam Fowler
became the Ducks single-season franchise leader in goals, assists and points for a rookie defenseman (10-30=40) in 2010-11...Fowler, who had 3-8=11 points in the last 13 games, ranked third among rookies in avg. TOI (22:07) and tied for third in assists...among rookie defensemen, he finished second in goals, points and PPG (6), and tied for second in assists…on Feb. 11 at Calgary, Fowler became the second-youngest defenseman to score a regular-season OT goal since the NHL introduced the five-minute OT period in 1983...Hartford’s Sylvain Cote holds that record, with an OT goal against the Rangers on Feb. 21, 1985 at age 19 years, 33 days (35 days younger than Fowler was on Feb.11)…Fowler scored a PPG in three consecutive games (3-0=3) from Jan 22-Feb. 2, making him just the second rookie defenseman in NHL history (and also the youngest) to record a PPG in three straight…the only other rookie defenseman in league history to do so was Vancouver’s Michel Petit (Jan. 17-20, 1984)…Fowler, 19, was the first NHL defenseman under age 20 to score goals in three straight since Kevin Hatcher (19 yrs) of Washington did so from Mar. 28-Apr. 1, 1986…the last NHL rookie defenseman of any age to score a goal in three straight games was Dennis Wideman of St. Louis from Jan. 17-20, 2006…Fowler was the first Ducks rookie defenseman to accomplish the feat…Fowler also became the second-youngest Duck to appear in an NHL game with his debut in Anaheim's season opener on Oct. 8 in Detroit...at 18 years, 10 months and three days, Fowler recorded five blocked shots in 20:48 TOI...defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky (5/8/76) was the youngest player to wear a Ducks uniform at 18 years, 8 months and 13 days, making his debut on Jan. 21, 1995 at Winnipeg...Fowler also became the second-youngest Duck to score a goal, netting the first of his career in a 3-2 win on Oct. 17 vs. Phoenix.POSITIVE EFFORT: Toni Lydman
finished the season tied for second in the NHL in plus/minus (+32)...his +28 rating at home also led the NHL...he was a plus-or-even in 65 of his 78 appearances this season...Lydman also ranked sixth in the NHL with 178 blocked shots.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Teemu Selanne
finished the season ranked 14th in all-time goals, tied for 48th in all-time assists, 27th in points and tied for sixth in PPG (236):700 CLUB: Saku Koivu
's second goal on Nov. 7 vs. Nashville marked his 700th career NHL point...he became just the fourth Finnish player and 33rd European to record 700 points...Koivu joined fellow countrymen Jari Kurri (601-797=1,398), Teemu Selanne
(now at 637-703=1,340) and Tomas Sandstrom (394-462=856) in reaching the 700-point milestone...all four players were Ducks at some point in their careers, although only Selanne (and now Koivu) recorded his 700th point while wearing an Anaheim uniform (an assist on Feb. 16, 2000 vs. Calgary).
Eleven players on Anaheim's 2010-11 regular season roster scored at least one overtime goal in their career (regular season and playoffs)...players who scored their first career OT goals in 2010-11 were Corey Perry
(Mar. 19 at Los Angeles, Mar. 20 vs. Calgary), Bobby Ryan
(Mar. 2 vs. Detroit, penalty shot goal) and Cam Fowler
(Feb. 11 at Calgary and Mar. 23 at Dallas)...the Ducks were 9-3 in overtime games in 2010-11, tied for third in the NHL (not counting shootout wins).SHOOTOUT:
The Ducks had 13 skaters on their 2010-11 regular season roster who competed in the shootout since its debut in 2005-06...the Ducks were 4-2 in shootouts in 2010-11, including wins in the final three and four of the last five (4-1).THIRD JERSEY DEBUT:
On Nov. 26 vs. Chicago, the Ducks revealed their new third jerseys...the new look, which serves as the fourth third jersey in club history, is black with orange sleeves and tapered orange side panels...the webbed “D-foot” is maximized in embroidery on the chest...the club previously debuted third jerseys in the 1995-96, 1997-98 and 2003-04 seasons...the club wore its third jerseys a total of 15 times during the 2010-11 season.