Despite three straight division championships, the Anaheim Ducks have been unable to claim the Stanley Cup Trophy for nearly 10 seasons. They’ll look to erase the memory of a Game 7 loss on their home ice as they try to notch their second title in franchise history, and they’ve got some extra help this time around. Forward Carl Hagelin was brought in from the Rangers to add scoring depth to an already-strong unit, while Kevin Bieksa was added for physicality and defensive reinforcement. Is it enough to get the Ducks over the hump? Get your tickets for the Honda Center and find out firsthand—Anaheim Ducks tickets are on sale now!
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Anaheim Ducks 2015-2016 News and Updates
2/1/16 - The Anaheim Ducks couldn’t be happier with how the month of January ended or how they began the fresh month of February. The Ducks have won their last five games and seem to be on an unstoppable roll. On Tuesday night, the Ducks skated to a victory against the Sharks, even though the Sharks put up a good fight. Fredrick Andersen, the Ducks goalkeeper, saved 30 goal attempts to hold off the Sharks for good in the third period. The Ducks have a big week ahead of them as they take on the Kings on Thursday evening and the Coyotes the following night. Don’t miss your chance to catch them live and get your tickets today.
1/25/16 - With the Anaheim Ducks taking a strong victory over the Boston Bruins on January 26th, they have made it through their series of away games without taking any losses. In this most recent matchup, the Ducks managed to score an impressive six times, while limiting the Bruins to just two points. While the Ducks are now returning to Anaheim, they will not be able to enjoy it for long. They will only have two home games, against the San Jose Sharks on February 2nd and the Arizona Coyotes on February 5th, before hitting the road again. Be sure to catch the Ducks in action while they are on a winning streak.
1/18/16 - The Anaheim Ducks are just finishing up their long series of home games. While they did not have as many wins as fans would have liked, they still held their own admirably. Total, the Ducks won four of their last seven games since returning to Anaheim. Recently, they hosted the Ottawa Senators and the Dallas Stars and managed to win both games with four points each. While the Ducks earned a last minute upset when playing the Senators, they earned all their points in the opening period against the Stars and simply defended their lead. Now, the Ducks are preparing for three away games, but they will be back on February 2nd to host the San Jose Sharks.
1/11/16 - The Anaheim Ducks have gone 3-3 in their last six games, but they have been unable to win consecutive games. Their latest victory came against the Senators on January 13. Shea Theodore had his first goal in the NHL during a power play midway through the third period to bring the Ducks ahead after the Senators tied the game in the second. This goal gave the Ducks some momentum, and they scored twice more in a few minutes to win the game 4-1. Andrew Cogliano, Carl Hagelin, and Jakob Silfverberg also scored goals. The Ducks next play the Stars on January 15. You can still get tickets with prices that start at just $6.
1/4/16 - The Anaheim Ducks started their series of home games strong. After scoring twice in the first period, the Ducks were able to beat the Winnipeg Jets out with 1-4 on January 3rd. More recently, however, the Ducks took a hard loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs. They were just unable to score, and ended up being shut out for the entire match. There are still six consecutive home games before this series is up, however, so be sure to come out and show your support. Next, they will be hosting the Detroit Red Wings on January 10th. Tickets are available starting at $43. Come cheer the Ducks on to their next victory.
12/28/15 - The Anaheim Ducks have won their past two games in a row. The beat the Flyers 4-2 on December 29. The Ducks were the first to score with a power play goal by Ryan Getzlaf. Philadelphia tied the game and then were ahead early in the second period, and then Corey Perry had another power play goal. Perry scored gain early in the third to bring the Ducks ahead and then Shawn Horcoff scored as well. They beat the Flames 1-0 thanks to a goal by Horcoff. They will look to make it three when they play the Oilers on December 31 in Edmonton. You can still get tickets to the game with prices starting at $62.
12/23/15 - The Anaheim Ducks season doesn’t look to be working out like the team and organization were planning on. Currently they are sitting at the tail end of the Pacific division and have a 12-15 losing record. On December 21, the Ducks hit the ice against the New York Islanders who had an impressive game offensively. It started off in the Islanders favor when they scored three goals in the first period alone. The Ducks were able to answer with a single goal, but the remainder of the game the Ducks trailed. The final score was 2-5 giving the Islanders the W. See the Ducks play again live on December 27 against the Flyers. Tickets are still available.
12/14/15 - The Anaheim Ducks took a major beating on Friday against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes scored first in the beginning period, but the Ducks managed to hold them to a single goal. Things still looked promising at the start of the second period, but the Hurricanes went on to score two unanswered goals. They piled on two more in the third period, all but shutting out the home team 5 – 1. The Ducks will now embark on a four-game road trip before returning home to face the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, December 27. Tickets to the matchup against the Flyers are currently available for purchase and start at just $12.
12/7/15 - After beating the Sharks and the Penguins earlier this week, the Anaheim Ducks are looking to extend their winning streak to three games this Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes. If the Ducks win, it will be the first time they have won more than two in a row since early November. John Gibson is once again expected to start at goaltender, having replaced Frederick Andersen seven games ago. In an additional change to the roster, the Ducks have decided to reassign Nick Ritchie to the San Diego Gulls, the team’s development affiliate in the AHL. Saturday’s game will take place at Anaheim’s Honda Center, with the game set to begin at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available now for just $11 and up!
11/30/15 - After losing against the Coyotes and Blackhawks, the Anaheim Ducks shut out the Canucks to win 4-0 on the 30. The match against the Blackhawks came down to overtime after the Ducks lost an early 2-0 lead when the Blackhawks tied it in the third period. The Blackhawks scored in the overtime period to take the game. The Ducks did not let that happen against the Canucks when John Gibson had his third career shutout and had 25 saves. Shawn Horcoff and Rickard Rakell scored in the first period, and then Jakob Silverberg and Corey Perry each added a point in the third period. The Ducks host the Lightning on the 2, and you can still get tickets for prices starting at $6.
11/23/15 - After being shut out by the Lightning on November 21, the Anaheim Ducks came back from behind to beat the Flames 5-3. The Flames got an early lead 2-0 until Corey Perry had a power play goal and Rickard Rakell added another goal to tie the game by the end of the first period. Then, the Flames got ahead again. The Ducks rallied in the third period with three goals. Rakell and Perry each scored another one and then Ryan Kesler had an empty net goal in the final seconds of play. Ryan Getzlaf helped out with five assists, with was a franchise record. The Ducks next play the Coyotes on November 25. You can still get tickets for prices starting at $23.
11/16/15 - The Anaheim Ducks beat the Carolina Hurricanes on November 17 with an impressive 4-1 score. Anaheim got on the board first with a goal by Shawn Horcoff in the 11th minute of play. Early in the second period, the Hurricanes equalized. Before the end of the period, Sami Vatanen scored to bring Anaheim back ahead. Two goals by Carl Hagelin and Ryan Getzlaf ensured their victory. Goalie Anton Khudobin helped the offense by making 24 saves. The new line of Andrew Cogliano-Horcoff-Hagelin, which gave the team seven points, shows great promise moving forward. The Ducks next head to Nashville to play the Predators. You can still get tickets, with prices starting at just $6.
11/9/15 - After a rocky start to the season, the Anaheim Ducks managed to pull off a four-game winning streak. Unfortunately, they have been struggling again more recently. They have now lost three consecutive matches, which brings their record to 5-8-4. With their 4-1 loss against the New York Islanders, the Anaheim Ducks have finished their home series and are not hitting the road for the next four games. First up, the Ducks are taking on the Carolina Hurricanes. They will return to Anaheim on November 24th when they host the Calgary Flames. Tickets for their homecoming match are already available starting as low as $15. Get yours today and come show your support.
11/2/15 - The Anaheim Ducks have broken their five game losing streak with two wins in a row. On November 1, the Ducks beat the Predators 4-2. Rickard Rakell, Sami Vatanen, and Andrew Cogliano scored in the first period to gain a 3-0 lead. Chris Stewart added another in the second period. On the 4th, they beat the Panthers 3-2 in a shoot out. Florida led until the final minute of the game, when Corey Perry tied the game and sent it to overtime. After a scoreless overtime period, the game was decided in a shoot out in the Ducks' favor. They next host the Blue Jackets on the 6th. You can still get tickets, with prices starting at $9.
10/26/15 - The Anaheim Ducks can’t be happy with how their season has begun. First off, they lost their first four games before defeating the Minnesota Wild during their fifth game. Suddenly things were starting to look up for the Ducks. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to keep that good momentum going and have lost their last three games. To make matters worse, their captain Ryan Getzlaf will be out for the next few games due to appendicitis. This is not going to help the Ducks, but they are hoping for a quick recovery from the hockey star. See them play live on November 1 against the Nashville Predators and cheer them on to victory. Tickets start at $9.
10/19/15 - The NHL is in full swing and teams are moving up and down the standings scale like it is nobody’s business. The Anaheim Ducks, who were major contenders last season, are actually falling into the bottom of the barrel in their Pacific Division. Currently they are in sixth place and have only won one of their last five games. The Ducks have hit the road for five away games and won’t be back on their home ice until November 1. Get tickets to support them while they are away, or purchase some home turf tickets before you miss your chance. Tickets for their November 1 game against the Nashville Predators are available for $12 each.
10/14/15 - The Anaheim Ducks have had a difficult start to the 2015-16 NHL season, losing all three games so far. They were scoreless in their first and third games against the Sharks and Coyotes. Their second game against the Canucks went better, although it still ended with a loss. Sami Vatanen scored for the Ducks on a slap shot in the second period, but the Canucks answered soon after. A scoreless third period sent the game into overtime, which was also scoreless. The Canucks won the shootout by making two of three shots while the Ducks only made one. The Ducks next play the Avalanche on October 16, and you can still get your tickets for prices as low as $6.
10/5/15 - The NHL season is just around the corner, and the Anaheim Ducks are preparing for the start of the season. The last few seasons under the tutelage of coach Bruce Boudreau, the Ducks have advanced to the playoffs, but not quite far enough. This past season, they made it all the way to the Western Conference finals until they lost against Chicago. Over the off-season, the team has worked hard to make it one step further this season and make it to the Stanley Cup playoffs. There's a few new players to watch out for, including Kevin Bieksa and Carl Hagelin. Their first game will be in San Jose against the Sharks on Saturday, October 10, with tickets available starting at $75.
9/14/15 - Rolling through the first two rounds of the 2015-16 Stanley Cup Playoffs with an 8-1 record had many thinking that the Anaheim Ducks were the team to beat. It came to a grinding halt in the Western Conference Finals though, as the Ducks were cut down by the eventual champion Chicago Blackhawks. The front office wisely kept offseason moves to a minimum, choosing to make subtle tweaks rather than overhauling a squad that was one of the best in hockey all of last year. The question will be, was standing pat the right call? You can be a part of the action firsthand with preseason Ducks tickets, on sale now! See Anaheim host the L.A. Kings at the Honda Center this Friday starting at just $18!
5/25/15 - The Anaheim Ducks are still going strong throughout the NHL playoffs. Currently they are up against the Chicago Blackhawks, fighting tooth and nail for a position in the NHL finals. The series is tied at 3-3 due to the Blackhawks getting the win on Wednesday night and pushing the Ducks into the seventh and final game. The Ducks are looking forward to getting back on home turf for the final game of the series. The game is scheduled for Saturday, May 30 at 5:00 pm at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. This game is going to be nothing short of thrilling, so don’t miss your opportunity to see all of the action live. Tickets for Saturday’s game start at $38 a piece and are still available to purchase.
5/18/15 - Showing no signs of letting up in the midst of their furious Stanley Cup Playoff run, the Anaheim Ducks took Game 1 at home to open up a 1-0 series lead versus the Blackhawks on Sunday. Goalkeeper Frederik Andersen buoyed the Ducks with stellar defense once again, stopping 33 out of 34 shots on the net. Anaheim’s offense did their part, sending home four goals including scores by Hampus Lindholm and Nate Thompson. They’ll look to add to their lead on Tuesday night on their home ice, and tickets are still available from $79! Play transitions to the United Center in Chicago on Thursday, and tickets for Games 3 and 4 are available now with prices starting at $176. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience live NHL playoff action!
5/13/15 - The Anaheim Ducks have officially made it to the semifinals, but they have also suffered their very first loss in the playoffs. The Calgary Flames were not able to stand up to the Ducks on the ice, but they did manage to get one good game in and took an overtime 3-4 win on May 5th. While Anaheim still has the best win/loss record in the playoffs, their next opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks, are not far behind with only two losses. Additionally, the Blackhawks had both their losses in the first round and remained undefeated in the previous round. Needless to say, both teams are at the top of their game and are revving to go. You can still attend the opener for only $118.
5/4/15 - Still yet to taste defeat in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Anaheim Ducks are owners of a 2-0 series lead over the Flames in the second round. The Ducks exploded for a 6-1 victory on their home ice in the opener, further asserting themselves in Game 2 with a 3-0 shutout behind a perfect performance from goaltender Frederik Andersen. Calgary was unable to get any of their 30 shots past Anaheim’s goalie, dooming their chances for a series-shifting win. Anaheim will travel north of the border for Game 3, as the Flames host on Tuesday night with their sights on evening the score. Tickets are on sale for Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary starting at $88, but don’t wait because supplies won’t last for long!
4/27/15 - Only a single series was decided by a sweep in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Anaheim Ducks were the first team to advance to the second round this postseason, dismantling the Winnipeg Jets by a cumulative score of 16-11 across four games. The deciding contest took place on Winnipeg’s home ice, as the Ducks jumped out to a 2-1 lead as the game entered the third period, where a three-goal barrage buried the Jets and lifted Anaheim one step closer to the famed Stanley Cup Trophy. The Ducks will now face off with the Calgary Flames in Round 2, with Game 1 opening at the Honda Center in California later this week. Get your tickets while they’re still available, starting at $62!
4/20/15 - With a thrilling 5-4 victory in overtime on Monday night, the Anaheim Ducks have taken firm control of their first round playoff series versus the Winnipeg Jets. Anaheim rallied on three separate occasions to force the extra period, wherein Rickard Rakell scored at the 5:12 mark to seal the deal and give the Ducks a commanding 3-0 lead. Anaheim now find themselves on the verge of completing a four-game sweep of the Jets, and can punch their ticket to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a victory on Wednesday night at the MTS Centre in Manitoba. Tickets are on sale now so you can be a part of all the action and excitement, but supplies are extremely limited so secure your seats now!
4/13/15 - Accumulating 109 points in regular season play, the Anaheim Ducks closed out the year with the largest margin between themselves and the next-best team in their division, running away from the Vancouver Canucks by eight points. Their stellar play has earned them the benefit of home ice advantage to open the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as they go toe-to-toe with the Winnipeg Jets. Anaheim won the season series 2-1 over the Jets, with Winnipeg’s only victory coming on January 11th, 5-4 in a shootout. Playoff action begins on Thursday, April 16th at the Honda Center, and tickets are on sale now to be a part of all the excitement! Will these mighty Ducks earn the right the hoist the famed Stanley Cup trophy when the dust clears? Only time will tell!
4/6/15 - While the Anaheim Ducks just have two games left in their regular season campaign – one at home, one away – the team will likely need to win out to claim the Presidents’ Trophy – and possibly the No. 1 seed in the West. On top of that, the Ducks still don’t know who they’ll be playing in the first round.
3/30/15 - Winners of their last three, the Anaheim Ducks have moved back in front of the pack chasing down the NHL Presidents’ Trophy and home ice throughout the playoffs. The Ducks, with 105 points, lead Montreal (from the East) and Nashville (from the West’s Central Division) by three, and the N.Y. Rangers by four, with just 2 ½ weeks left in the regular season.
3/23/15 - At 99 points, the Anaheim Ducks stand just a point away from the century mark; but even though the Ducks are 11 points ahead of their nearest Pacific Division rivals, Vancouver, there’s no magic number yet as to clinching a playoff spot. The Ducks are joined by Eastern rivals Montreal and the New York Rangers in the chase for the Presidents’ Trophy.
3/20/15 - The Anaheim Ducks are currently topping the leader board of the Pacific division. They are standing at a 45-20 record and don’t have anyone riding on their coattails. Right now they are on a three game winning streak and they want to stretch that out even further. On March 18, the Ducks competed against the Los Angeles Kings who are third in the Pacific division standings. This much-anticipated game qualified as a definite thriller. The Kings looked like they had the W in their pockets, ending the first half with a 1-0 lead. The third quarter was all about goals with the Kings scoring one and the Ducks two, which lead to overtime. The hero of the game, Ryan Kesler scored the final goal just 45 seconds into overtime ending the game with a 3-2 win for the Ducks. See them play the Colorado Avalanche at $9 a ticket on March 20.
3/9/15 - Even though the Anaheim Ducks snapped a four game winning string last week against visiting Pittsburgh, the team remains atop the overall NHL race for the Presidents’ Trophy, a point ahead of Eastern Conference challenger Montreal, and two clear of Western foes Nashville. The Ducks will spend this week with three games on the road.
2/23/15 - It’s no secret that the Anaheim Ducks have been one of the league’s best teams during the regular season, but have fallen short in the postseason, the final chase for the Stanley Cup. According to a report on ESPN.com, this could be because the Ducks are one of a handful of teams who are, at best, “skeptics” about the use of advanced statistical analysis.
2/19/15 - After spending much of the 2014-15 season in cruise control mode, and running out to a healthy lead in the Presidents’ Trophy race, the Anaheim Ducks have fallen on a bit of a rough patch. They’ve lost four out of their last six games, including three losses in a five game road trip back east.
2/9/15 - After starting the month of February with a home win over Carolina, the Anaheim Ducks hit the road for what will be a five game trip. Although the Ducks started off well, with a win over Nashville, the team has fallen in their last two games, against Washington and Tampa Bay.
2/2/15 - Even though the Anaheim Ducks have dropped their last two, they still hold a solid 10-point lead over second place San Jose in the Pacific Division. The Ducks also have company at the top in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy, with Nashville of the Central Division now in a tie with the Ducks.
1/26/15 - With the All-Star game in their rear view mirror, the Anaheim Ducks return to business later this week as the top team record-wise in the league. Their 68 points puts them 12 points clear of San Jose in their own Pacific Division, three points ahead of Nashville in the Western Conference, and four points ahead of the East’s top team, Tampa Bay.
1/19/15 - Just past the midway point of the season in the NHL, and the Anaheim Ducks are clearly one of the elite squads this season. The Ducks, with 66 points through 46 games, are leading the race for the President’s Trophy, given to the team with the best regular-season record.
12/22/14 - After starting the month of December with a string of eight wins in nine games, the Anaheim Ducks closed out a swing through Canada with a loss ro Ottawa. The game marked the Ducks debut of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who allowed six goals in the loss to the Senators.
12/15/14 - Sure, it’s still early in the season to be talking about the Presidents’ Trophy, which is given to the NHL squad with the most points. But on the strength of a seven game winning streak, the Anaheim Ducks have separated themselves from the rest of the pack, not just in the Pacific Division, but in the entire league.
12/8/14 - Winners of their last four, the Anaheim Ducks are trying to pull away from the rest of the Pacific Division. They’re finding it a little more difficult this season. However, with Vancouver and Calgary hot on their heels.
12/1/14 - After winning three straight, the Anaheim Ducks have dropped their last two and are now tied with Vancouver atop the Pacific Division. One area that appears to need a little work is on the power play; over the last five games, the Ducks have gone 0-for-12 on the man advantage.
11/25/14 - New acquisition Rene Bourque, a winger, was quickly recalled from the minors for the Anaheim Ducks after a trade with Montreal. Bourque is expected to add both size and speed to the Ducks offense, behind Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey.
11/17/14 - Even though they’ve fallen short in their last two games, the Anaheim Ducks remain in first place in the NHL’s Pacific Division, two points ahead of the upstarts from Vancouver and Calgary. Just four points separate the Ducks from fourth-place Los Angeles and San Jose, as teams start to separate.
11/10/14 - They’re still the team with the best record in the Western Conference – but the Anaheim Ducks are being reeled in by the pack. The Ducks have 23 points and lead second-place Vancouver by two in the Pacific, but have lost their last three in a row.
11/3/14 - Of all the fast starts in the NHL this season, the Anaheim Ducks, at 20 points and atop the Pacific Division, have jumped out to the fastest start. But it’s still a densely packed division, with just six points separating the Ducks from the fifth-place Los Angeles Kings.
10/27/14 - They won seven straight games before taking their second loss of the season, but the Anaheim Ducks aren’t pulling away from anyone in the standings. Hot on their heels are the defending Stanley Cup holders (and Southern California rivals), Los Angeles.
10/23/14 - In terms of winning streaks in this early part of the season, the Anaheim Ducks are the hottest squad in the NHL. Currently riding a five game winning streak, the Ducks are one of two teams to hit double figures in points at the moment, along with Montreal.
10/16/14 - The Anaheim Ducks are flying in 2014. They've played four road games to start the season and have won three (at Detroit, at Buffalo, at Philadelphia). With an average of 3.8 goals per game and a total of 6 points, they're tied with San Jose at the top of the Pacific division. Center Ryan Getzlaf is the team points leader (2 goals, 4 assists). Up next for the mighty Ducks, a home game on Friday against the Minnesota Wild. Score last minute Wild vs Ducks tickets from $40 at Honda Center.
The Anaheim Ducks had a fantastic season under the tutelage of Bruce Boudreau, winning the Western Conference with 116 points and narrowly missing the President’s Trophy. It’s tough to call a second round exit disappointing, but when you’re held to elite Western Conference standards—and your dispatchers are “Freeway Faceoff” rival Kings in Game 7—Ducks fans have become increasingly anxious, awaiting their turn to hoist the Cup over Southern California. The 2014-2015 Ducks will strive for the postseason without Saku Koivu, Dustin Penner, Nick Bonino, Mathieu Perreault and the beloved Teemu Selanne, but they’re set to unleash a roster full of young players eager to carve their names into rinks across the league.
The team doesn’t look quite the same as last year, as the front office sought to bulk up in the offseason. It all started with the addressing their lack of depth at center with the coveted acquisition of blue-chip Ryan Kesler, Dany Heatley and Nate Thompson, who will bolster the power play and an offense built around Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Anaheim deemed it auspicious to opt out of a deal with Jonas Hiller, in favor of moving forward with John Gibson and Frederik Anderson in the net.
Anaheim will open their season on the road at Pittsburgh on Oct. 9, while their home opener will be Oct. 17 vs. the Minnesota Wild. Mark your calendars for what will be a special night on Anaheim’s 2014-2015 slate: on January 11, one of the most revered players in NHL history and a Duck for life, Teemu Selanne, will have his iconic No. 8 jersey retired at the Honda Center. With Getzlaf and Perry flanked by fresh-faced talent, these Ducks are ready to fly. Get your Anaheim Ducks tickets now and see them take off in the upcoming season!
5/14/14 - After digging themselves a two-game hole, the Anaheim Ducks notched the series’ first home win with a 4-3 victory in Game 5 of Round 2. One big reason for the turnaround has been the play of goaltender John Gibson, who stepped up in Game 4 and stopped 28 Kings shots en route to a 2-0 shutout. Gibson got the start after making 39 saves just a few days before in an American Hockey League game; he became the youngest goalie in league history (20 years old) to record a shutout in his NHL playoff debut. Also contributing stringly has been the play of another late call-up, Devante Smith-Pelly, who has three goals in his last two games.
4/29/14 - It was a wild and crazy finish in Game Six of the Anaheim Ducks’ first round series with Western Conference second wild card Dallas – but the Ducks managed to grind out an exciting 5-4 overtime win to close out the series with the Stars and advance to the next round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. For a while, it looked like the Ducks would be in the same kind of pickle they found themselves in last year, when they dropped a Game Six to a significantly lower seeded team (Detroit); the Stars led 3-1 after one period and 4-2 after two sessions. But Anaheim would score the next three goals, getting the game-tying goal from Devante Smith-Pelly (his second of the game) with just 24 seconds left in regulation; and just a few seconds shy of three minutes into the overtime period, Nick Bonino collected his second goal of the game and third of the postseason, assisted by Andrew Cogliano and Patrick Maroon. The Ducks remain waiting to see who their next opponent is between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, whose series has gone to seven games.
4/17/14 - The Western Conference road to the Stanley Cup will go through Anaheim, as long as the Ducks remain in the playoffs. After a few rough weeks coming out of the Olympic break, the Pacific Division champ Ducks managed to put together a string of four consecutive wins – including a shootout win over their I-5 rivals Los Angeles, and a 3-2 overtime victory over Colorado, the top team in the other West division, the Central. The Ducks finished the regular season with a 54-20-8 record and 116 points, just a single point shy of Presidents’ Trophy winner Boston from the Eastern Conference. All of this means that the Ducks will take on the Dallas Stars, the second West wild card, in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which will open at the Honda Center on April 16. Regular season stat leaders included Ryan Getzlaf, whose 87 points placed him second leaguewide to Sidney Crosby; his 56 assists put him fifth in the league, and 31 goals were 15th best. Corey Perry’s 43 goals were second in the league to Alexander Ovechkin, while his plus-minus rating of 32 tied him for seventh with Tampa Bay’s Ondrej Palat. Goaltender Jonas Hiller’s 29 wins were tied for 12th leaguewide with Jaroslav Halak; Hiller’s five shutouts tied him for fourth with six other netminders (including such names as Marc-Andre Fleury, Sergei Bobrovsky, and Ben Bishop, as well as his opposing number in the first round, Dallas’s Kari Lehtonen).
4/9/14 - Despite going 10-6-3 since returning from the Olympic break, the Anaheim Ducks find themselves within shouting distance of not only the top seed in the Western Conference (one point behind St. Louis), but the Presidents’ Trophy as well (three points back of Eastern Conference and overall NHL leader Boston), with just three games to go before the playoffs. Goaltender John Gibson, who made his first NHL start against Vancouver on April 7, recorded a shutout over the Canucks, turning away all 18 shots en route to a 3-0 win that stopped a two-game losing streak for the Ducks. Anaheim scored one goal in each of the three periods; Daniel Winnik opened the scoring in the first with an unassisted, shorthanded goal, while Kyle Palmieri slid one home in the second, and Matt Beleskey netted one in the third to round out the night.
4/1/14 - After splitting games with the Alberta members of the NHL (taking a 3-2 win at Calgary, then dropping a 4-3 overtime loss at Edmonton), the Anaheim Ducks moved on to a decisive 5-1 win over Vancouver at Rogers Arena which put them back atop the Pacific Division; then returned home to the Honda Center to claim an overtime win over Winnipeg by a 5-4 count. After spotting the Jets four goals in the first two periods, Nick Bonino opened the Ducks’ scoring with his 20th goal late in the second period. Anaheim took over the game in the third period, getting goals from Ryan Getzlaf (his 31st), Hampus Lindholm (his sixth), and Corey Perry (his 39th) to pull even in regulation. Then just 16 seconds into the overtime period, Stephane Robidas scored an unassisted goal – his fifth on the season – to complete the biggest comeback in team history.
3/25/14 - The Anaheim Ducks are on the brink of another playoff appearance. Currently in third place in the Western Conference, two points behind division mates San Jose. The Ducks only need a regulation loss by either Phoenix or Dallas to punch their ticket for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Most recently, Ryan Getzlaf became just the third (Mighty) Duck to cross the career 600-goal mark in a decisive 6-2 win over Florida. Getzlaf joins current line-mate Teemu Selanne, and retired Paul Kariya, as players who scored 600 or more goals for the Ducks. Corey Perry scored his 37th goal of the season in the win over Florida, and Selanne also notched a goal, as six different players in total scored for the Ducks.
3/18/14 - After a pair of victories, the once high-flying Anaheim Ducks started to stumble, with four straight losses (two by shootout) coming out of the blocks after the Olympic break – one of these losses a 7-2 plastering by Calgary, the second-worst team in the West. However, since then, the Ducks have gotten back to winning, defeating Colorado 6-4 in Denver followed by a 2-1 win over their 5 Freeway rivals, the Los Angeles Kings. The four losses have allowed their NorCal Pacific Division rivals, the San Jose Sharks – as well as Eastern Conference leading Boston – to pull even in the standings, with all three teams falling behind Central Division leading St. Louis in the race for the NHL’s Presidents’ Trophy, which is awarded to the team with the best record as determined by the most points in the regular season.
3/13/14 - Since closing February and opening March with a pair of wins, the Anaheim Ducks have fallen on a little bit of a hard time, losing three straight games to three of the top four Eastern Conference contenders in Montreal, Pittsburgh and Toronto; the losses to the Canadiens and Penguins both came on shootouts. The contest with the Maple Leafs marked the Anaheim return of coach Rick Carlyle, who got a goal and a pair of assists each from Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak, while Toronto netminder Jonathan Bernier stoned the Ducks with 43 saves.
3/5/14 - The Anaheim Ducks continue to set the pace in the NHL’s Western Conference, winning their first two contests since the Winter Olympics break. Goaltender Jonas Hiller shut out the high flying St. Louis Blues in the Ducks’ first outing after the Sochi Games, and Andrew Cogliano netted the only goal in Anaheim’s 1-0 win, coach Bruce Boudreau’s 300th career win. More recently, the Ducks knocked off the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 to start off the league’s penultimate month of the regular season. Corey Perry notched a pair of goals for the Ducks, both in the first period, moving him to 32 on the season; Perry also assisted on Francois Beauchemin’s first period score.
2/26/14 - Teemu Selanne is going from high point to high point. The Anaheim Ducks veteran right winger was a key player in the Olympic bronze medal game for his native Finland, collecting a pair of goals as the Finns ambushed the United States, 5-0 in Sochi, Russia. He will be returning to an Anaheim squad which is riding high, currently leading the NHL’s Western Conference with 87 points, the most in the league. The Ducks return to action this weekend with a clash against the St. Louis Blues, who are just behind the Ducks in the conference standings with 84 points.
2/25/14 – The Ducks will be back in the pond Friday against the St. Louis Blues, the first of five straight home games at the Honda Center. Favorites to win the Pacific, Anaheim, led by forward Ryan Getzlaf (second in the NHL in scoring) and linemate Corey Perry, would like to lockup the West and the Presidents’ Trophy. Despite their early success, Anaheim Ducks tickets are fourth cheapest in the league in the final run at the Cup, averaging $60.
2/18/14 - Anaheim has seven players on their roster in Sochi competing for Olympic gold. Cam Fowler arguably had the best game for the United States in their 3-2 shootout victory over the Russians, scoring the first goal for Team USA and playing 17:56 in the win. Ryan Getzlaf has also been playing remarkable; the center with Duck’s teammate Corey Perry (winger) are wreaking havoc, providing top-line offense for Canada. Welcome back the Ducks Olympians when they return to the Honda Center next Friday against the St. Louis Blues. Anaheim Ducks tickets for the event start at $17.
2/3/14 – The Ducks have recalled center David Steckel and defenseman Sami Vatanen from the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the AHL. Still on top the league, the Ducks did drop a game to the Dallas Stars over the weekend. The Mighty Ducks will try to rebound after being shut out for the first time this season when they host Columbus tonight (tickets as low as $6!) and defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks Wednesday ($29 min.) at the Honda Center.
1/28/14 – The Anaheim Ducks shut out the Kings Saturday in the second NHL Stadium Series game played in 2014, first-ever in Los Angeles. At 39-10-5, the Ducks have the most points in the NHL and are leading the Pacific Division. Fan interest is high at the Honda Center and as a result, demand for Anaheim Ducks tickets continues to rise. Remaining home games at the Honda Center are averaging $71, up 6 percent in price since the start of 2014 but still third cheapest in the League. The Mighty Ducks had won 10 straight at home and 22 in a row in regulation before the Jets came to Anaheim last Tuesday and shattered their streak. Be there to cheer on the Ducks as they look to secure a number one seed in the playoffs and home-ice advantage.