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Postgame Notes: April 10 at Washington

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

Washington 0 vs. Anaheim 2
Apr. 10, 2016
Verizon Center
46-25-11, 103 Standings Points

The Ducks (46-25-11) have won their fourth consecutive division title with a 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals, becoming the first NHL team to win four in a row since Vancouver won five straight Northwest Division titles from 2009-2013.

Anaheim joins San Jose (2007-11) as the only two franchises to win the Pacific Division title four years in a row since 1993-94.

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). (Stat courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau)

Anaheim finished the season with 103 standings points, becoming one of three franchises (along with St. Louis and Chicago) to post 100-point campaigns in each of the last three seasons.
Anaheim is 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%).

Allowing a league-low 188 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. Anaheim’s previous franchise best ranking was second with 184 goals allowed in 2007-08.

After Christmas, 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 holiday break.

The Ducks are 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).

Ryan Getzlaf led the team in scoring and assists with 13-50=63 points in 77 games. Getzlaf has led Anaheim skaters in assists for nine consecutive seasons and has led in scoring for four straight. Corey Perry paced the Ducks in goals (34) for the sixth consecutive season (co-led with Getzlaf in 2012-13).

John Gibson finished the 2015-16 season ranked tied for second among league leaders with a 2.07 GAA. It marked the lowest GAA among qualified rookie goaltenders (min. 25 games played) since 2009-10 (Tuukka Rask w/ BOS, 1.97).

Ryan Kesler ranked second among league leaders in FOW% (58.5) and led the NHL in shorthanded FOW (168).

Jakob Silfverberg finished with 11 goals and a +9 in his last 15 games, the most in the NHL (Ovechkin, 9) in that span.

The Ducks will face the Nashville Predators in the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The berth marks Anaheim’s 12th trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs all-time and ninth in the last 11 years.
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