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Road for the Holidays

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks traveled through Western Canada for a three-game swing, where they faced the Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames. The Ducks have a history with all three teams, having played each of them in recent Stanley Cup Playoffs series, while several Ducks hail from or played in the three cities. Although all of the games were close, the Ducks finished the trip 1-2-0.



Here is a closer look at the trip:

FRIDAY
DUCKS AT
EDMONTON OILERS
Rexall Place
Ducks Squeak By Edmonton in SO, 3-2
Led by Jonas Hiller, who tied a franchise single game record (regular season) with 51 saves and denied all three Edmonton shootout attempts, the Ducks escaped Rexall Place with a 3-2 victory over the Oilers. Photo Gallery | ...more

Ducks with ties to Edmonton or Alberta
Todd Marchant (played with Oilers 1994-2003)
Rob Niedermayer (played with Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) 1990-95)
Scott Niedermayer (born in Edmonton)
Chris Pronger (played with Oilers 2005-06)

Playoff History
Edmonton defeated the Ducks in five games in the 2006 Western Conference Final.

About the city of Edmonton
Edmonton is home to the largest shopping mall (West Edmonton Mall) in North America and the fourth largest in the world. There are over 800 stores and services within the mall and parking for more than 20,000 vehicles. The mall receives 28.2 million visitors per year and between 60,000 and 150,000 shoppers daily depending on the day and season.


MONDAY
DUCKS AT
VANCOUVER CANUCKS
General Motors Place

Late Ducks Rally Falls Short in 4-3 Loss
Trailing the Canucks by three goals in the third period at General Motors Place, the Ducks made it interesting with a late charge to get within one before eventually falling 4-3 to Vancouver. Photo Gallery | ...more

Ducks with ties to Vancouver or British Columbia
Andrew Ebbett (born in Vernon)
Bret Hedican (played with Canucks 1994-99)
Brett Festerling (born in Prince George, played with Vancouver Giants (WHL) 2004-07)
Nathan McIver (played with Canucks 2006-08)
Travis Moen (played with Kelowna Rockets (WHL) 1998-2002)
Steve Montador (born in Vancouver)
Brendan Morrison (born in Pitt Meadows, played with Canucks 2000-08)
Rob Niedermayer (born in Cassiar)
Scott Niedermayer (played with Kamloops Blazers (WHL) 1989-92)

Playoff History
The Ducks eliminated the Canucks in five games in the 2007 Western Conference Semifinals on their way to capturing the Stanley Cup title.

About the city of Vancouver
The site of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver is surrounded by water from three sides and has one of the mildest climates in Canada. The city has the fourth highest quality of living in the world (trailing only Zurich, Vienna and Geneva).


TUESDAY
DUCKS AT
CALGARY FLAMES
Pengrowth Saddledome

Ducks Edged by Flames, 4-3
After Ryan Getzlaf briefly put the Ducks ahead in the third period, Calgary scored three unanswered goals and held on for a 4-3 defeat of Anaheim at Pengrowth Saddledome. Photo Gallery | ...more

Ducks with ties to Calgary
Ryan Getzlaf (played with Calgary Hitmen (WHL) 2001-05)
Steve Montador (played with Flames 2001-06)
Rob Niedermayer (played with Flames 2001-03)

Playoff History
The Ducks upset the Flames in seven games in the 2006 Western Conference Quarterfinals, a step toward Anaheim's advancement to the conference final.
 
About the city of Calgary
The city hosts the Calgary Stampede, a festival, exhibition and rodeo, that last for 10 days every July. It is one of Canada’s largest events and the world’s largest outdoor rodeo. In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter Games. Calgary was ranked the world's cleanest city in a survey published in 2007 by Forbes Magazine.

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