AnaheimDucks.com will count down the top 25 moments from the past season in the coming weeks. Here is the first installment: 21-25.
25. OCTOBER 17, 2014
Ducks Edge Wild in Home Opener at Honda Center
After going 3-1-0 on their season-opening four-game road trip, the Ducks opened their 2014-15 home schedule with a 2-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild. Anaheim extended its winning streak to four games (4-1-0), matching the club’s best start to a season by wins (also 2013-14, 2011-12) and by points (also 2013-14, 2011-12, 2006-07). Corey Perry scored his 51st career game-winning goal in the win, which also represented the NHL debut of rookie forward Chris Wagner.
The night began with red carpet festivities on the south side of the arena. Ducks players interacted with fans as they walked the red carpet and were interviewed on stage by Ducks host Kent French, as Wild Wing and the Power Players passed out Ducks gifts and special autographed items to fans.
24. DECEMBER 22, 2014
Kesler Sends Ducks into Christmas Break on a Winning Note
's path of destruction against Pacific Division teams continued in Anaheim's final game before the Christmas break. After defenseman Cam Fowler
tied the game in the final minutes of regulation to force overtime, Kesler sent the Honda Center crowd into a frenzy with his overtime winner as Sharks defenseman Brent Burns exited the box. His shot up and over the shoulder of goaltender Antti Niemi sent the Ducks into the Christmas break with a league-leading 23-8-5 record and 51 standings points.
"Whenever you score in that fashion, it’s always exciting," Kesler said following the game. "We really wanted this one going into the break on a good note. We’ve all been on the other side where you lose heading into the break, and you’re thinking about it for three days."
23. OCTOBER 22, 2014
Andersen Sets NHL Record, Perry Nets Another Hat Trick
On a night when Anaheim's big offensive players shined, it was Frederik Andersen
who took center stage, as the big Dane became the first goaltender in NHL history to win 26 of his first 31 decisions. The win extended his winning streak to a career-tying six games (6-0-0). Corey Perry
became the fastest player in franchise history to eight goals (in seven games) with his second hat trick of the season. Perry was just the sixth player in 29 years to record multiple hat tricks in his team’s first seven games of a season. Ryan Getzlaf
added two assists and Ryan Kesler
notched his third goal as a Duck in the 4-1 victory vs. the Buffalo Sabres.
"He was the one who kept us in," Bruce Boudreau said of Andersen. "If Buffalo hadn’t gone so long without scoring, and squeezing the stick, they probably would’ve scored a few more goals. They deserved a better fate."
22. OCTOBER 13, 2014
Karlsson Goes ‘Wild’ with Two-Goal Performance
Rookie center William Karlsson scored his first two career NHL goals to lead the Ducks to a 5-1 victory on Columbus Day at First Niagara Center. Nicknamed "Wild Bill," the young Swede's first career NHL goal at 8:15 of the second period proved to be the game winner, marking his first career game-winning tally.
The Ducks also held Buffalo to 12 shots allowed, the fewest yielded by Anaheim since Feb. 13, 2011 at Edmonton (also 12) and fell only one shy of the franchise record for fewest shots allowed in a game (11, Jan. 23, 2004 vs. Minnesota).
21. DECEMBER 18, 2014
Koivu Honored in Emotional Pregame Ceremony at Bell Centre
Longtime Canadiens captain Saku Koivu, who announced his retirement on Sept. 10, was honored during a pre-game ceremony inside Bell Centre in front of an emotional sellout crowd of more than 21,000 fans. As a member of the Canadiens for 14 seasons, 10 of which as team captain, Koivu matched the longest serving captaincy in Montreal’s history with none other than the late Jean Béliveau. Koivu collected 641 points (191g/450a) in 792 games with the Canadiens from 1995-2009 and made his final appearance in Montreal on Oct. 24, 2013 with Anaheim.
“It’s an amazing honor and I feel so privileged that they’re going to have a night like this for me,” Koivu said in a press conference at Bell Centre earlier that day. “It’s really humbling not just for me, but also for my family and my parents. I was here twice with a visiting team and the reaction I got from the fans was something remarkable. It feels good. I’m thankful for the Canadiens organization and the Molson family for having a night like this tonight. I know it doesn’t happen often, so it makes it even more special.”