AnaheimDucks.comThe 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 first installment: 21-25. 21. November 1-30, 2011
One of the unique things about goalies
is their ability to personalize the helmets they wear. Jonas Hiller adorned arguably one of the coolest designs for "Movember,"
a month-long campaign where participants grow moustaches to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues.
The mask, an idea of Hiller's and brought to life by Alec Voggel of Airxess
, featured black-and-white headshots of every Ducks player on the roster at that time with different styles of moustaches drawn on their faces. On the back of the helmet was a full shot of Hiller with his own fake moustache. After the goalie played the full month with it, the mask fetched $16,875 for "Movember"
in an NHL auction.Jonas Hiller Debuts Special "Movember" Goalie Mask
22. January 8 & February 12, 2012
By the end of the season, the Blue Jackets had to be tired of facing Corey Perry. The right winger, who led the Ducks with 37 goals in 2011-12, lit up Columbus for hat tricks on two separate occasions
and totaled seven points in the season series (his most against one team on the year).
Perry's first hat trick came on a night Anaheim tallied a season-high seven goals
on Jan. 8 at Honda Center. He found the back of the net three times again
in a 5-3 victory at Columbus on Feb. 12, the Ducks' first victory in a successful road trip. With five career hat tricks now, it's hard to fathom Perry went without one during his first five seasons in the league.
Columbus Gets Double Dose of Perry Hat Tricks
23. February 8, 2012
Up until this night against Carolina
at home, the Ducks had yet to cash in for an overtime win in 2011-12. Corey Perry emphatically put an end to that 10-game OT-drought.
The reigning Hart Trophy winner appeared to get his stick in the skates of Jussi Jokinen behind the Hurricanes net during the extra session, but a penalty was not called by the officials on the ice. Perry proceeded to corral the loose puck, play a little give-and-go with Sheldon Brookbank and hammer home the game-winner
on a one-timer past Cam Ward. Said Perry afterward, "They didn’t blow the whistle, so you keep playing."
Perry's Winner Gives Ducks First OT Win of Season
24. April 7, 2012
With Anaheim already eliminated from postseason contention going into the season finale, one of the biggest storylines at Calgary was Bobby Ryan's quest for another 30-goal season
No. 30 did come for Ryan after he rocketed a one-timer on the power play past Henrik Karlsson. For good measure, he added his 31st of season on a pretty move
with 26.8 seconds left in regulation. The 25-year-old became the third Duck in franchise history to record four straight 30-goal campaigns and just the second active player (along with Alex Ovechkin) to accomplish the feat in their first four full NHL seasons. Bobby Ryan Keeps 30-Goal Streak Going in Finale
25. January 4, 2012
Jason Blake has more than shown an ability to deal with adversity during his career, having played an entire 82-game schedule in 2007-08 while battling
a rare form of cancer.
It was gut-check time again for the winger during the first half of 2011-12. San Jose's Brent Burns inadvertently stepped on Blake's left arm with his skate in the Ducks' home opener. The damage was a major cut
on his left wrist that caused him to miss the next 34 games. He returned on Jan. 4
, a few weeks earlier than originally expected, and soon provided much-needed scoring help to lineup. He enjoyed his best success during a three-game stretch of Anaheim wins from Jan. 13-18 (4 goals, 6 points).
Jason Blake Returns from Deep Laceration to Wrist