This Fortnight in Ducks History:
Apr. 30, 1948
Head Coach Pierre Page born in St. Hermas, Quebec, Canada
Apr. 29, 1963
Head Coach Mike Babcock born in Manitouwadge, Ontario, Canada (Bad timing for that one, eh?)
May 11, 1966
D Anatoli Fedotov born in Saratov, USSR (Russia)
May 4, 1968
C Kevin Todd born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Apr. 28, 1969
LW Ted Donato born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
May 7, 1971
D David Karpa born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
May 11, 1974
RW Craig Reichert born in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
May 8, 1976
LW Casey Hankinson born in Edina, Minnesota, USA
May 6, 1977
C Marc Chouinard born in Charle, Quebec, Canada
May 4, 1979
D Kent Huskins born in Almonte, Ontario, Canada (Anyone else surprised at how old Husky is?)
Apr. 29, 1985
LW Jean-Francois Jacques born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
May 10, 1985
C Ryan Getzlaf born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (not a happy birthday yesterday, I assume)
Apr. 29, 1987
RW Dan Sexton born in Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA
May 3, 1995
The Ducks finished the lockout shortened 1995 season with a 6-1 win over Toronto. It was not a good season, they ended up with a record of 16-27-5, last in the Pacific Division (sixth) and last in the Western Conference (12th). The season was probably most notable (aside from the lockout) for being Paul Kariya's rookie year, he finished with 18 goals 39 points.
May 1, 1995
Set franchise record for fewest penalty minutes in a regular season game with zero in a 5-3 loss to St. Louis. Also the Blues only took one penalty for the Ducks franchise record of fewest PP opportunities, and fewest PIM combined in a game.
Apr. 29, 1997
The Mighty Ducks win their first ever playoff series by defeating Phoenix 3-0 in Game 7. Dave Karpa, Steve Rucchin and Joe Sacco had the goals for Anaheim, setting up their first playoff series against Detroit. Karpa's goal stood as the game winner, thanks to Guy Hebert's shutout, and was his only career playoff goal.
May 2-8, 1997
The Ducks were swept by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the playoffs by scores of 1-2 (OT), 3-2 (Triple OT), 5-3 and 3-2 (Double OT) respectively. Although it was a sweep, we can take some solace in the fact that the Ducks pushed a powerhouse Red Wings team to overtime in three of the four games. NHL Vault has games 1, 3 and 4 available for your viewing pleasure, if you feel so inclined.
May 1, 1997
Signed a three-year working agreement with the AHL's Cincinnati Mighty Ducks to serve as Anaheim's primary development affiliate.
May 5, 2000
Announced that Assistant Coach George Burnett was leaving the organization to become the general manager/head coach of the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.
Apr. 29, 2002
Announced a multi-year extension of an affiliation agreement with Cincinnati of the American Hockey League.
May 2, 2002
Elevated Bryan Murray to senior vice president and general manager.
Apr. 28, 2003
The Ducks suffered their first loss of the 2003 playoffs in Game 3 of the second round 2-1 thanks to a two goal performance by Jere Lehtinen. The Ducks goal was courtesy of Steve Rucchin.
May 5, 2003
Anaheim knocks Dallas out of the playoffs with a 4-3 Game 6 victory. Stanislav Chistov, Steve "Stumpy" Thomas, Sandis Ozolinsh and Ruslan Salei (RIP) tallied to send the Duckies onto a Western Conference Final matchup with the Minnesota Wild.
May 10, 2003
The always clutch Petr Sykora won Game 1 of the WCF series against Minnesota with the double overtime game winner and the only goal of the game.
May 1, 2006
The Ducks beat the Flames 2-1 in Game 6 of their first round series to force a game seven back in Calgary. Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer scored, but what was really memorable about this game (for me at least) was Francois Beauchemin's fight with Jerome Iginla, right at the start of the game to set the tone.
May, 3, 2006
Teemu, Rusty and Jeff Friesen (empty net) score to give the Ducks a 3-0 win in Game 7 over Calgary and send them onto a cakewalk series against Colorado. This was the third Game 7 in Ducks History and strangely all three (to that point in time) had ended 3-0 and the Ducks only lost the most important one.
May 5-11, 2006
The Ducks sweep Colorado out of the second round by scores of 5-0, 3-0, 4-3 (OT) and 4-1. Ilya Bryzgalov was in net for all four games. In Game 1 (NHL Vault) he became the first rookie goalie since 1945 to record back to back playoff shutouts. His unbelievable shutout streak (going back to Game 6 vs. Calgary) lasted 249 minutes and 15 seconds, eclipsing J.S. Giguere's 2003 streak of 217:54 to become the third longest playoff shutout streak in NHL history HUMANGOUS BIG!.
When Bryz ended up letting in three goals in Game 3, Joffrey Lupul single handedly won it for the Ducks with what our friends at the Puck Podcast refer to as the Pants Trick. He scored all four goals including the overtime winner.
May 3, 2007
The Ducks eliminated the Canucks from the playoffs with a 2-1 double overtime victory. This was the famous Roberto Luongo Diarrhea Game, in which Luongo mysteriously missed the first 3:34 of overtime. Was it an injury? An equipment issue? Nope, he just had to poop.
Anyway, he came back and Scott Niedermayer scored the game winner after his brother Rob demolished Jannik Hansen along the boards with a fantastic hit. As Luongo complained to the ref, Scotty tossed the puck in the net. That was the moment I lost all respect for Luongo, not to be all hipster, but wayyyyy before it was cool. You can't be an elite NHL goalie and lobby the ref for calls DURING PLAY, IN OVERTIME OF AN ELIMINATION GAME!!!!!!! Hilarious all around. Also, that goal call from Jim Hughson of CBC "Big hit! Big Goal! Series over!" Is probably my second favorite of all time behind Gary Thorne's "Off the floor, on the board!"
May 11, 2007
Detroit takes Game 1 of the WCF 2-1. Both Red Wings goals are deflections off of Beauch, the Ducks deserved to win this one, but would find a way to win some other games in the series that they probably shouldn't have.
May 1, 2009
Detroit takes Game 1 of their WCSF series 3-2 as Nicklas Lidstrom scores the game winner with only 50 seconds remaining in regulation.
May 3, 2009
Todd Marchant scored a triple OT goal to give the Ducks a 4-3 win at the stinking mud hole that is Joe Louis Arena and tie the series at one.