The 2014-15 season was filled with new franchise records, player milestones, thrilling comeback victories, and of course, the raising of Teemu Selanne’s No. 8 jersey to the rafters of Honda Center. The Ducks finished the season 51-24-7 for 109 points and had the top record in the Western Conference for the second consecutive season (and second time in club history). Anaheim posted the second-best record in franchise history, trailing only the 2013-14 club (53-20-8, 114). In addition, Anaheim recorded its second consecutive 50-win season in franchise history; the last NHL team to post back-to-back 50-win seasons was Vancouver in 2010-11 (54-19-9) and 2011-12 (51-22-9). The Ducks also matched the club record for most road standings points (54) and wins (25-12-4), a record originally set with the exact same record in 2013-14.
AnaheimDucks.com will count down the top 25 moments from the past season in the coming weeks. Here is the second installment: 16-20.
20. MARCH 18, 2015
Ducks Take Freeway Faceoff In Dramatic Fashion
Ryan Kesler came to Anaheim for these moments, and he didn’t disappoint. His numbers against the rival Los Angeles Kings were impressive – five goals and seven points in five games, his highest point total against any opponent in the regular season. It was these moments where fans caught a glimpse of Kesler’s knack for big-game performances.
He saved his best performance against the Kings for the final meeting of the regular season. In what seemed to be an inevitable playoff preview, the two teams fought to a 2-2 draw after 60 minutes. Overtime gave Kesler his moment to shine. In the first shift of the extra session, he carried the puck around the net and settled into the left circle. Surprisingly left all alone, he beat Jonathan Quick to end the game just 45 seconds into overtime. It was the 200th goal of Kesler's career, and certainly one of the more memorable ones from this season.
The game-winning celebration? A Kesler special – one knee in the air, a swing of an arm and a loud yell. We saw plenty of those, too.
19. MARCH 26, 2015
The Ducks Make A Wish Come True
Sometimes, the best moments happen away from the rink. Shaelin Earle, a 14-year-old from Beverly, Massachusetts, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system. Despite growing up in Boston, Shaelin loved the Ducks, and when granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish foundation, he knew he wanted travel to travel to Anaheim and see the Ducks.
Unfortunately, when several Ducks came down with the mumps, the team couldn’t spend time with Shaelin during his November visit. With a trip to Boston in March, the Ducks took it upon themselves to make it special. Corey Perry and Cam Fowler – Shaelin’s favorite players – arranged for him to attend morning skate, have his own locker and hang out with the team during lunch.
After the game, an overtime win for the Ducks, Shaelin received the highest honor of them all – the chance to wear the fireman’s hat, given to the top performer from that night’s game.
18. OCTOBER 11, 2014
Getzlaf Wins it in the Clutch; "Keslaf" is Born
Eager to erase the memory of the Opening Night loss, the Ducks entered Joe Louis Arena – never an easy building – and skated away with a 3-2 win. Ryan Getzlaf delivered the game-winning goal, stripping Niklas Kronwall and roofing a backhand shot past Jimmy Howard with only 24 seconds remaining in regulation.
The result, however, was only part of the story. In his postgame interview, Ducks television reporter Kent French accidentally addressed Ryan Getzlaf as Ryan Keslaf. The expression on Getzlaf’s face was priceless, the photo quickly spreading among fans and easily memed. It became one of the season’s top social media stories and forever a funny gaffe embraced by both players.
17. MARCH 3, 2015
Cogliano’s Ironman Streak Sets Franchise Record
Appearing in his 277th consecutive game as a Duck, Andrew Cogliano became the franchise’s all-time Ironman in the club’s game against the Arizona Coyotes. Cogliano, who has proven his toughness throughout his time with the Ducks, has yet to miss a game in his NHL career (currently 622 games). He also leads the league in consecutive games played.
How did Cogliano celebrate the milestone? With a two-goal night, of course. His second period tally, a perfect deflection from the high slot, stood as the game-winning marker. He added an empty net shorthanded goal at the end of the game for good measure.
16. MARCH 28, 2015
Ducks Punch Playoff Ticket on Long Island
The final trip to Nassau Coliseum proved memorable for the Ducks, who punched their ticket to the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-2 win on Long Island. Rickard Rakell, Kyle Palmieri and Andrew Cogliano scored for Anaheim, who clinched a third straight playoff berth and the 11th postseason appearance in team history.
At the time, the matchup featured two of the top teams in the league. The victory helped the Ducks maintain the top position in the league, while the Islanders continued to battle for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.