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 third installment: 11-15.
10. APRIL 22, 2015
EMERSON ETEM’S MEMORABLE TALLY
Emerson Etem left jaws agape and sportswriters grasping for the closest thesaurus in Game 4 of the First Round.
Looking to sweep the Winnipeg Jets in MTS Centre was no easy task for the Ducks. After Mathieu Perreault – a former Duck – gave the home team a 1-0 lead in the first period, the task grew even more difficult. Cue Etem, who took the air out the building just 1:26 later with a highlight-reel tally. Taking a pass from Sami Vatanen inside his own defensive zone, Etem turned on the jets, speeding into the offensive zone. He kept the puck to his left side, quickly cutting inside to the right. The shift came so suddenly, Jacob Trouba failed to stay on his skates, sliding to the end boards.
Etem capped it off with a backhand chip shot over Ondrej Pavelec’s glove, an exclamation point on an incredible play. With momentum back on their side, the Ducks went on to win, 5-2, and complete the sweep.
9. FEBRUARY 22, 2015
THE GULLS RETURN TO SAN DIEGO
After announcing the return of hockey to San Diego, many wondered what the Ducks would name their new American Hockey League franchise. With a few swings of a sledgehammer, Ducks owner Henry Samueli brought a crowd of over 8,000 at Valley View Casino Center to its feet.
“We knew the tradition of hockey was here,” Samueli said to the media. “The San Diego Gulls was perfect. The Anaheim Ducks and San Diego Gulls. It’s great.”
The new logo pays homage to the legacy of the WCHL Gulls logo and features the Ducks color palette and other design elements, including the Ducks trademark windswept font. A touch of the signature Gulls blue was added to the Ducks color palette to embrace the hockey history and tradition of the community. The Gulls will begin play this fall in the AHL's newly formed Pacific Division.
8. APRIL 11, 2015
DUCKS CONCLUDE REGULAR SEASON WITH THE TOP SPOT IN THE WEST
For the second straight season, the Ducks finished the regular season atop the Western Conference. It came down to the wire this season, with a win against the Arizona Coyotes in the regular season finale needed to clinch the conference. Backstopped by Frederik Andersen, the Ducks grabbed a 2-1 win and the top spot in the conference.
The regular season marked yet another successful one for Anaheim. The team finished the 2014-15 campaign with the second-best record in franchise history, trailing only the 2013-14 club (53-20-8, 114 points). Anaheim also tied the club record for most road standings points (54) and wins (25-12-4), a record originally set in 2013-14.
7. APRIL 16, 2015
DUCKS OPEN PLAYOFFS VS. WINNIPEG JETS
With orange rally towels waving and Honda Center packed with loud fans ready for postseason action, the Ducks kicked off the postseason against the Winnipeg Jets. The big boys came to play, as Corey Perry’s two-goal, four-point effort and Ryan Getzlaf’s three-point night keyed a 4-2 comeback victory in the series opener.
Long-touted as a “man’s game,” the series opener didn’t disappoint. The teams combined for 83 hits – 46 from Anaheim – in what would become a common theme throughout the playoff run.
6. APRIL 18, 2015
THE COMEBACK KIDS STRIKE AGAIN, THIS TIME IN DRAMATIC FASHION
Comebacks were once again a theme throughout the regular season for the Ducks. The team saved the most exciting for Game 2 against the Winnipeg Jets.
Trailing 1-0 midway through the third period, Pat Maroon tied the game with a deft deflection of Cam Fowler’s point shot. It seemed the game was destined for extra time when Jakob Silfverberg took matters into his own hands.
The right wing beat Bryan Little to dump-in beneath the goal line, curling out to the front. His shot snuck past Ondrej Pavelec, giving the Ducks a 2-1 lead with only 21 seconds remaining in regulation. The win gave Anaheim a 2-0 series lead heading to MTS Centre.