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Top 20 Moments: 15-11

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The 2015-16 season was a wild ride that saw the Ducks erase a seemingly insurmountable 16-point deficit in the Pacific to earn their fourth consecutive division title on the final day of the regular season. After resuming play following the Christmas break, the Ducks went on a 34-10-5 run for the best record in the NHL (.745 points percentage). Anaheim led the league in wins (34), standings points (73), power-play percentage (27.5%), power-play goals (42), fewest goals allowed (104), goals allowed per game (2.1) and goal differential (+50), and ranked second in goals (154) and goals per game (3.1) and third in penalty killing percentage (86.9%) following the break.

The Ducks became 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 Ducks finished the regular season 46-25-11 for 103 points, ranking first in the Pacific, fourth in the Western Conference and sixth in the NHL. It marked the third consecutive year the club has posted 100+ points, joining St. Louis and Chicago as the only NHL teams to do so each of the last three seasons.
 
AnaheimDucks.com is counting down the Top 20 moments from the past season over the coming weeks. Here is the second installment:
15-11.


15. OCTOBER 16, 2015
DUCKS DEBUT NEW THIRD JERSEY

A new era of Ducks hockey was unveiled on this evening against the Colorado Avalanche, as the club donned its new third jersey for the first time. Clad in orange with the familiar Mighty Ducks crest on the chest, the new third (or alternate) jersey was worn 15 times during the season. It marked the first time the Ducks had a new third jersey since the 2010-11 season, when the current primary sweater ("D") was unveiled (Nov. 26, 2010). This is the fifth different third jersey in club history.

14. FEBRUARY 28, 2016
PERRY RECORDS HAT TRICK VS. RIVAL KINGS

Corey Perry capped off Anaheim's best month in club history (12-1-1) with a stellar individual effort against the rival LA Kings. The club's resident sniper recorded a hat trick and finished with four points in the club's 4-2 victory in front of a raucous, playoff-type atmosphere inside Honda Center. Anaheim clinched its most wins, standings points (25 pts.) and highest points percentage in a single month (.893%). It was the ninth career hat trick in Perry's illustrious career, the second-most in club history behind Teemu Selanne's 13.


13. MARCH 24, 2016
HORCOFF REACHES MILESTONE

A career that officially began on Dec. 6, 2000 was honored on a momentous night inside Air Canada Centre in Toronto on March 24. Shawn Horcoff, a veteran of 999 career NHL appearances up to that point, stepped onto the ice for his 1,000th game, this time as a member of the Ducks. Drafted by Edmonton in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 1998 NHL Draft, the 37-year-old played the first 796 games of his career with the Oilers and served as team captain from 2010-13. Horcoff joined the Dallas Stars from 2013-15 (153 games) before signing with Anaheim as a free agent last summer. When the team returned home, Horcoff was given a silver stick to celebrate the milestone on March 30. The last Duck to play in his 1,000th career game was Saku Koivu on March 12, 2012 at Colorado.


12. MARCH 24, 2016
DUCKS LOCK UP POSTSEASON BERTH

When all seemed lost following a rough-and-tumble opening month-and-a-half of the season, the Ducks clawed their way back with a resounding second-half push that resulted in a postseason berth by way of a point earned in a 6-5 overtime loss on March 24 in Toronto. This marked the fourth consecutive season and ninth of the last 11 (since 2005-06) in which the Ducks qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


11. JANUARY 31, 2016
GIBSON, PERRY EARN ALL-STAR NODS

John Gibson and Corey Perry represented the Ducks at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, and both made significant impacts on what turned out to be one of the most exciting and entertaining All-Star Games in recent memory. While this marked Perry's fourth trip to the All-Star Game, it was a first for Gibson, who at age 22 became the second-youngest U.S.-born goaltender to play in the All-Star Game following Tom Barrasso (19 in February 1985). Gibson was also the youngest NHL goaltender of any nationality appearing at the All-Star Game since Montreal's Carey Price (21 in January 2009).

Gibson made arguably the best save of the night, a sprawling right pad save on Team Central's Tyler Seguin. His save kick-started a two-on-none rush that saw Taylor Hall score to give Team Pacific an 8-5 lead. The Pacific went on to defeat Team Atlantic, 1-0, in the final round, with Perry scoring the game's lone goal.
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