We begin with Top Moments 20-16.
20) Grant Records First Career NHL Goal
A first NHL goal is a memory that lasts a lifetime. And while some players achieve the milestone in their NHL debuts, others have to wait a bit longer. Rarely, though, do players have to wait years before they light the lamp for the first time. Derek Grant was among that group.
When the likeable, hard-working center signed a one-year contract with the Ducks last summer, he had 86 games of NHL experience under his belt with Ottawa (2012-14), Calgary (2015-16), Buffalo (2016-17) and Nashville (2016-17). He had seven points (all assists) over that span, but a goal remained elusive.
Grant didn't record a point in his first six games with the Ducks, but his day finally came on October 20 against the Montreal Canadiens at Honda Center - career game No. 93 for the 27-year-old veteran. With the Ducks holding a 1-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game, Grant stationed himself in the high slot while the club worked the puck around the perimeter on the power play. Brandon Montour corralled the puck at the right point and sent a d-to-d pass to Francois Beauchemin, who sent a shot on net from just above the left faceoff dot. A juicy rebound given up by Canadiens goaltender Carey Price found its way into the slot where Grant swatted it home with defenseman Jeff Petry covering him. He barely had time to celebrate before he was swarmed by his teammates.
"It was a good feeling," said Grant. "It's nice for the team to get one on the power play, as well."
Video: MTL@ANA: Grant punches rebound in for first NHL goal
First, Nick Ritchie greeted him with a bear hug. Then came Beauchemin with another embrace. Montour joined in, and then Antoine Vermette. Without the services of Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Patrick Eaves, Hampus Lindholm, Ryan Miller and former Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen, Grant's production was needed. But he wasn't done.
With the score 4-2 in favor of the Ducks in the third period, and his line hemming the Canadiens in the zone, Grant finished off a nice pass from Ondrej Kase with 12:48 left in regulation. "Kaser made a great play on the second one to get me an easy one," Grant said. "All the credit to him."
The Ducks went on to win the game, 6-2.
19) Rakell Makes All-Star Debut with Special Guest
When Ducks left wing Rickard Rakell found out he was an NHL All-Star for the first time in his career, he reached out to a close friend. Her name is Katie Hawley, the outgoing teen who was named the 21st Duck for the season/home opener in October. Rakell formed a special bond with the Ladera Ranch native and wanted her to be a part of the NHL All-Star Weekend festivities in Tampa, Florida in late January.
From meeting other All Stars on Media Day, including New Jersey's Brian Boyle (who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in September), being on the ice for the All-Star Skills Competition and seeing her favorite player score twice in the final for the Pacific Division All-Stars, it was a weekend to remember for both Rakell and Hawley.
"This whole weekend has been incredible," Hawley said at the time. "It's been so amazing. I'm so glad that it had a great end to it, too."
Video: Save Streak: Katie Hawley spends time with Rakell
18) Miller Blanks Canucks in his Return to Vancouver
The city of Vancouver means a lot to veteran goaltender Ryan Miller. Before he signed a two-year contract with the Ducks last July, Miller spent the previous three seasons with the Canucks, appearing in 150 regular-season games from 2014-17. His son, Bodhi, was born in Vancouver. When the Ducks made their first trip of the season to the coastal seaport city on January 2, the East Lansing, Michigan native put together a stellar performance in front of his old fans.
He turned in a 31-save shutout performance in Anaheim's 5-0 victory, which also included the 5,000th goal in franchise history (shootout goals excluded). Miller's shutout, the 41st of his career, placed him in sole possession of second place among American-born goaltenders.
"It means a lot to me coming out to Vancouver," said Miller. "It was a big point in my life, and my wife's life. Of course my son was born here and we have fond memories. I enjoyed myself here. The people have always been great. It was a fun night."
Video: ANA@VAN: Miller stops 31 for 41st career shutout
17) Danny Getzlaf Meets Ryan Getzlaf in Edmonton
On a brisk late-March afternoon in Edmonton, Danny Getzlaf sat in a hotel lobby eagerly awaiting the Ducks game later that night at Rogers Place. It was the third game of a pivotal four-game road trip for the Ducks, who were fighting for every inch in the Western Conference playoff race. To this day, Danny, a diehard Ducks fan with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is not sure how much longer he has to live, but he wanted to make sure he was well enough to catch another game in person.
Later that night, moments after the Ducks pulled off an improbable comeback victory over the Oilers, Danny was able to meet Ryan Getzlaf outside the locker room. Danny and his wife, Linda, were overcome with emotion.
To read more about Danny, his love for the Ducks and his battle with ALS, click here.
16) Ducks Honor Vegas Tragedy Victims and First Responders
In the wake of the horrific tragedy that took place in Las Vegas on October 1, the Ducks invited several victims and first responders to a game at Honda Center against the New York Islanders on October 11. Among them were Mykenzie Lane and Brandon Helmick, a young couple passionate about Ducks hockey. Amidst the chaos that sadly unfolded that night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, Helmick shielded Lane during the first round of gunshots. It was after the third round of shots when Lane took a bullet to her ankle as the couple tried to flee. Eventually, they made it out.
They were among a group of approximately 20 (and their guests) that were invited by the Ducks to watch the game from two different suites. They gathered in one of the suites and were recognized during the first TV timeout of the second period with a standing ovation.
Video: Ducks honor victims and heroes from the Vegas tragedy
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(Note: Lane and Helmick were engaged in mid-April)