The Ducks open Southern California's first ever playoff series between two major local teams with Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round against the Kings tomorrow at Honda Center (5 p.m. PDT, NBCSN/KSPN LA 710)...the Ducks are coming off a 4-2 series win over the Dallas Stars in the First Round, the club's 12th overall series victory...Anaheim has reached the Second Round for the fifth time in club history and the first since 2009...the Ducks have won eight of their last 10 games dating to Apr. 7 @ VAN and five consecutive at Honda Center...in their playoff history, the Ducks have posted an 11-9 record in Game 1, including a 4-3 win on Apr. 16 vs. DAL...this represents Anaheim's 10th trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs all-time and the seventh in the last nine years...the Ducks concluded the 2013-14 regular season with a record of 54-20-8, the best mark in club history…Anaheim finished with the top record in the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history and set season records for standings points (116), wins and win/points percentage (.707)…the Ducks led the league in goals (263) for the first time in club history (excludes shootout tallies)…Anaheim established season bests for goals (previously 254 in 2006-07), wins (previously 48, 2006-07), home wins (29; previously 28, 2007-08), road wins (25; previously 22, 2006-07 and 2008-09), home points (62; previously 61, 2006-07) and road points (54; previously 49, 2006-07)…the Second Round series will continue with Game 2 on Monday, May 5 at Honda Center (7 p.m. PDT).
DUCKS-KINGS: The Ducks and Kings meet for the first time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which also represents the first ever playoff matchup for two major Southern California teams...Anaheim and Los Angeles have played 117 regular-season games against each other all-time...the Ducks own a record of 53-41-23 vs. the Kings, going 28-13-15 at home and 25-28-8 on the road...the 2013-14 season series saw the Ducks go 4-0-1 vs. the Kings, including 1-0-1 at home and 3-0-0 on the road…Corey Perry led the team in points (2-2=4) and tied for the team lead in goals with Matt Beleskey and Patrick Maroon...of the three game-winning goals that Maroon scored in 2013-14, two came against the Kings (Jan. 23 vs. LA and Mar. 15 @ LA)...rookie defenseman Hampus Lindholm paced Anaheim in assists, earning 0-3=3 points in five games.
DRAMATIC COMEBACK: The Ducks rallied from a two-goal deficit late in Game 6 of their First Round series and went on to earn a 5-4 victory in overtime on Apr. 27 at American Airlines Center, clinching the series over the Stars…Anaheim became the fifth NHL team since 1977 to rally from a multiple-goal deficit in the final 2:10 of regulation to win a playoff game with a Nick Bonino goal at 17:50 of the third period and a Devante Smith-Pelly tally with 24 seconds remaining in regulation…the win marked just the third time in franchise history where two Ducks players had multi-goal performances in a single playoff game (Smith-Pelly, Bonino)…Smith-Pelly (21 years and 317 days) also became the youngest Ducks player to record a multi-goal game in the postseason.
DOWN ON THE FARM: In addition to the Ducks-Kings series, the AHL affiliates for both teams are in the midst of its first-round series in the Calder Cup Playoffs...Norfolk (Anaheim) currently leads Manchester (Los Angeles) 2-1 in the best-of-five series...Game 4 began today at 4:30 PDT in Norfolk with a Game 5 (if necessary) scheduled for Saturday in Norfolk (4:15 p.m. PDT)...through May 1, Norfolk's John Gibson leads AHL playoff goaltenders in SV% (.958) and co-leads in GAA (1.24).
LEADING THE WAY: Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf (3-4=7) and Corey Perry (2-5=7) co-lead the Ducks this playoffs in scoring, while Getzlaf also co-leads in goals and Perry leads in assists...Getzlaf had points in three of his five games and Perry collected points in four of six, including 1-4=5 points in First Round Games 5 and 6...the Ducks are 10-1 all-time when Getzlaf and Perry score in the same playoff game, including First Round Game 5's 6-2 win on Apr. 25 at Honda Center...since dropping a 5-3 decision in Game 3 of the 2007 SCF on June 2 @ OTT, Anaheim has won 10 consecutive playoff games with Getzlaf and Perry scoring...in those 10 wins, the team has outscored its opponents, 44-21...Perry and Getzlaf scored in the same game 13 times in the regular season, tied for the most by a duo with DAL's Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin (Elias Sports Bureau).
POSTSEASON HISTORY: The 2014 postseason marks Anaheim’s 10th overall appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (1997, 1999, 2003, 2006-09, 2011, 2013-14)…the Ducks have compiled an all-time playoff record of 62-49 (.559 win percentage), including a 37-20 mark at home (.649 win percentage) and a road record of 25-29...the club has appeared in 20 previous playoff series (12-8 in those series), including two Stanley Cup Final appearances (2003, 2007) and one Stanley Cup championship (2007)...please see the Ducks' postseason guide for a complete playoff history.
GAME-BY-GAME: A look at the Ducks' all-time record in each respective playoff game in a series:
Game 1: 11-9
Game 2: 12-8
Game 3: 9-11
Game 4: 12-8
Game 5: 7-8
Game 6: 8-3
Game 7: 2-3
FRANCHISE LEADERS: Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne co-lead the Ducks in all-time scoring in team playoff history...Getzlaf has appeared in 74 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, earning 24-42=66 points from 2006-09, 2011, 2013-14...Selanne has scored 33-33=66 points in a franchise-record 89 career games with Anaheim (1997, 1999, 2005-09, 2011, 2013-14)...Corey Perry ranks third in franchise scoring, earning 20-32=52 points in 67 career contests...below is a look at the top 10 all-time scorers in Anaheim Ducks postseason history.
PLAYOFF MILESTONES REACHED:
Nick Bonino: 3rd PPG to match Adam Oates (3) for ninth in all-time Ducks PPG, Apr. 25 vs. DAL
Francois Beauchemin: 28th point to surpass Rob Niedermayer for seventh in all-time Ducks scoring, Apr. 17 vs. DAL; 74th appearance to surpass Rob Niedermayer for second in all-time Ducks games played, Apr. 27 @ DAL; 19th assist to surpass Rob Niedermayer for sixth in all-time Ducks assists, Apr. 25 vs. DAL; 29th point to match Paul Kariya (29) for sixth in all-time Ducks points, Apr. 25 vs. DAL; 30th point to match Chris Pronger (30) for fifth in all-time Ducks points, Apr. 27 @ DAL
Ryan Getzlaf: 65th point to surpass Teemu Selanne for the franchise lead in all-time Ducks points, Apr. 25 vs. DAL; 74th appearance to surpass Rob Niedermayer for second in all-time Ducks games played, Apr. 27 @ DAL
Corey Perry: 65th game to surpass Samuel Pahlsson for fifth in all-time Ducks games played, Apr. 23 @ DAL...5th PPG to match Scott Niedermayer (5) for fifth in all-time Ducks PPG, Apr. 25 vs. DAL
PLAYOFF MILESTONES WITHIN REACH:
Francois Beauchemin: 2 goals shy of matching Andy McDonald (12) for fifth in all-time Ducks goals; one point shy of surpassing Chris Pronger (30) for fifth in all-time Ducks points
Nick Bonino: 1 PPG shy of matching Paul Kariya (4) and Chris Pronger (4) for seventh in all-time Ducks PPG
Ryan Getzlaf: 1 SHG shy of matching Rob Niedermayer (3) for the franchise lead in all-time Ducks SHG
Corey Perry: 6 appearances shy of matching Rob Niedermayer (73) for fourth in all-time Ducks games played; 1 PPG shy of surpassing Scott Niedermayer for fifth in all-time Ducks PPG; 1 GWG shy of matching Samuel Pahlsson for fourth in all-time Ducks GWG