The 2011-12 season was one the Ducks ultimately looked at with disappointment. Anaheim finished the season with a 34-36-12 record (80 points, 13th in the Western Conference) and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for just the second time in the last seven campaigns. But there were some postives along the way. Under the guidance of new head coach Bruce Boudreau, the club had the fifth-best record in the West with 54 points (24-15-6) from Jan. 1 to the end of the season, and there were a number of highlights throughout the year. AnaheimDucks.com will count down the top 25 moments from past season in the coming weeks. Here is the third installment: 11-15.
11. April 1, 2012
The final home game of the 2011-12 season was all about one man
, future Hall-of-Famer Teemu Selanne. Undecided on his playing future, the contest offered the possibility of being the last chance to see No. 8 on the ice at Honda Center. Fans showed their admiration for the Finnish Flash all night, including one goosebump-inducing moment
in the third period.
While Anaheim would fall to the Oilers 2-1, Selanne seemed to do what he always does and seized the moment by scoring a goal
in the first period. But that would be all the Ducks could muster, as Edmonton prevailed behind two goals from Teemu Hartikainen.Thunderous Cheers for Teemu in Home Finale12. January 6, 2012
Anaheim entered its game on January 6 against the Islanders with a record of 10-22-6. The team's fortunates completely began to change starting with a 4-2 victory
on this night. Including that win, the Ducks finished off the rest of the 2011-12 campaign by going 24-14-6.
Trailing the Islanders 2-1 in the third period, Bobby Ryan tied the game shorthanded on one of the prettiest goals of the season
(also his second goal of the game). A few minutes later, Ryan Getzlaf roofed a backhand shot
past Evgeni Nabokov to break out of a slump. The game-winning goal was the Anaheim captain's first point in seven games and first goal in 13 contests.Second Half Surge Commences13. March 14, 2012
A Ducks-Red Wings game always seems to attract attention. Kyle Palmieri etched his name into the rivalry with his first career multi-goal game in a 4-0 Anaheim victory
. It was just the second-ever shutout for the club over Detroit and the first to come at Honda Center.
Entering the night without Corey Perry for a second straight game, Palmieri had an opportunity to play on the top forward line with Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan. The 2012 AHL All-Star capitalized on his chance
. He stripped the puck from Brendan Smith in the second period and sent a backhander top shelf past Joey MacDonald for his first goal
. He used his backhand shot again in the third to secure goal No. 2
. Palmieri Has Big Night in Shutout of Red Wings14. January 10, 2012
This game belonged to
Saku Koivu. The 37-year-old center, known more for setting up goals for his teammates throughout his career, notched the second hat trick of his career (first with Anaheim) in a 5-2 rout
Koivu began his scoring just 1:30 into regulation
. He then potted the game-winner
near the midway point of the third period. With the Stars net empty in the final minute, Teemu Selanne emerged with the puck and quickly found his fellow Finn to put the finishing touches on his three-goal night
(his only other was in 2002 with Montreal). It also marked the first time the Ducks had hat tricks in consecutive games in franchise history (Perry did so on on Jan. 8 vs. Columbus). Koivu Outscores Stars with Hat Trick15. November 11, 2011
In the middle of their most difficult stretch of the season (six straight defeats before this night and seven straight losses afterward), the Ducks had this one victory
over Vancouver on Veteran's Day as the bright spot. Within that win, Anaheim had a period of play where it looked nearly unstoppable.
After a scoreless 20 minutes of play, the Ducks jumped in front quickly
in the second period by virtue of a Saku Koivu goal. A three-goal barrage in a span of 4:37 followed, capped off by the first career goal
for Peter Holland, to put the club up by a score of 4-0. Unknown at the time was that Holland's goal would end up being the game-winner as Anaheim had to fend off the Canucks in the third.Four-Goal Second Period Includes Holland's FirstPrevious Top Moments of 2011-12
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