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This Week in Ducks History: Teemu Returns to Winnipeg, Owen Nolan Crushes the Ducks and Bryz-Mania

It was a busy week in Ducks history. Scott Niedermayer returned from retirement, Teemu returned to Winnipeg, and Owen Nolan blasted us, but we still have time to celebrate Bryzmas.

Marianne Helm

This Week in Ducks History:

Dec. 16, 1967
LW Barry Nieckar born in Invermay, Saskatchewan, Canada

Dec. 16, 1998
Paul Kariya sets the franchise record for most assists in a period with four in the second period of a 6-1 win over Nashville. The Ducks also set the franchise high of three power play goals in a period (second) and matched the record of four in a game.

Dec. 16, 2001
Lost to the Kings 3-2 in the shortest overtime game in Ducks History. Aaron Miller of the Kings scored just 14 seconds into overtime.

Dec. 16, 2007
Scott Niedermayer returns to the Ducks roster in a 2-1 shootout loss to San Jose after contemplating retirement.

Dec. 17, 1977
C Samuel Pahlsson born in Ange, Sweden

Dec. 17, 1982
D Nathan Oystrick born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Dec. 17, 1983
C Erik Christensen born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Dec. 17, 2011
Teemu Selanne recorded two assists in his first game in Winnipeg since being traded to the Ducks in 1996, a 5-3 Ducks loss... and we covered the shit out of it.

Dec. 18, 1967
C Bob Corkum born in Salisbury, Massachusetts, USA

Dec. 18, 2002
J.S. Giguere sets a franchise record with 237 minutes and seven seconds of shutout hockey. The streak spanned five games between Alexi Zhamnov's goal in the second period of a Ducks win Dec. 6 over Chicago and Al MacInnis' goal in the second period of a win over St. Louis.

Dec. 18, 2005
Chris Kunitz becomes the fourth rookie in Ducks history to score a shorthanded goal in a 5-4 win over San Jose. Paul Kariya, Oleg Tverdovsky and Sammy Pahlsson preceded him while Troy Bodie, Brandon McMillan (twice) and Devante Smith-Pelly have matched the feat since.

Dec. 19, 1995
Owen Nolan scores four goals and an assist as the Sharks beat the Ducks 7-4. With his offensive explosion, Nolan set the following Ducks' franchise records for an individual opponent:
Most Goals in a Game: 4
Most Goals in a Period: 3 (second period) *Matched later in the week, see below
Most Points in a Period: 4 (second period)
Most Power Play Goals in a Game: 3
Most Power Play Goals in a Period: 3 (second period)

The Ducks were able to score three goals in the second of that game to set the franchise records for most combined goals in a period with seven and most combined power play goals in a period with four.

Dec. 19, 1997
Michel Petit - or, as Jeff Marek likes to call him, Mike Small - scores a goal for Phoenix in a 6-2 route of the Mighty Ducks, making him the first player in NHL history to score a goal for nine different teams. (Available on NHL Vault, although I wouldn't exactly be excited to relive this one)

Dec. 19, 2008
Jonas Hiller ties the Ducks' franchise record for most saves in a game with 51 (on 53 shots) in a 3-2 shootout win at Edmonton.

Dec. 20, 1970
C Travis Green born in Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada

Dec. 20, 1993
Beat Winnipeg 7-5, setting the franchise record for fastest six goals scored as Steven King, Bill Houlder, Bob Corkum, Todd Ewen, Terry Yake and Peter Douris all scored within 20:15 of each other.

Dec. 20, 1996
Beat Calgary 7-0. This game set franchise records for most shorthanded goals in a game and a period (three overall, two in the second) most unanswered goals in a game and largest margin of victory.

Dec. 20, 2005
Joe Thornton ties a Sharks record for assists in eight straight games as San Jose beats the Ducks 4-2 (Available on NHL Vault, but again probably not one that Ducks fans want to go back to)

Dec. 20, 2007
The Anaheim Ducks and Anaheim Hockey Club (in-line) announce a new in-line rink will open in Corona, Calif. in January 2008. The rink, named the Anaheim Hockey Club of Corona serves as the Ducks' official in-line facility and complements Anaheim ICE, the club's official practice facility.

Dec. 21, 1979
D Steve Montador born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Dec. 21, 2004
Teemu Selanne signs with HIFK Helsinki during the lockout but never plays as he recovers from knee surgery. I found it strange that Teemu signed with anyone but Jokerit in Finland, considering he played his entire junior career there and now owns a stake in the franchise. Incidentally, this was Teemu's last contract with a team other than the Ducks.

Dec. 22, 1995
Lost to Vancouver 6-2 giving up four goals in only 2:55 (Joseph Beranek, Alex Mogilny x3) in the second period. Mogilny's this also marked the second time in Ducks history that an opposing player had scored a hat trick in a period. As noted above, the first was only three days prior.

Dec. 22, 1999
Lost to Phoenix 8-2 while giving up the fastest six goals against in Ducks history (Jeremy Roenick, Shane Doan, Trevor Letowski, Greg Adams and Stanislav Neckar) in only 18:30.

Dec. 22, 2000
Promoted Terry Simpson to associate coach, named Kelly Miller as an assistant coach.

Ducks related #RandomNHLfacts from @NHLhistoryGirl:

"What policy?" - #Whalers GM Brian Burke when asked by a reporter about the NHL's drug policy, 1992

Teemu Selanne's first NHL contract: three years, $2.7 million.#RandomNHLfact

#NHLDucks rookie Ilya Bryzgalov explainedthe Kings scores a goal in an exhibition because "Player Los Angeles Kings hit me. I go poof."

#NHLDucks rookie Ilya Bryzgalov used to yell "HA-LOW" at reporters, then talk almost nonstop in Russian. [Note: The rest of these Bryz tweets are Philly related, but any Bryz is good Bryz. Merry Bryzmas Everybody!]

Baby Bryz

Bryz boogies? Yes, yes he does

Interviewer: What do you think about this record you just set? Bryzgalov: What record?

Bryz imitates his bobblehead.

Bryz is not afraid of penguins.

Who wants a Bryzgalov GIF?

How about a flirtly bryz pic?

"His job is to stop pucks and help us win games. This isn't Comedy Central." - #Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on Bryz

Here's Ed Snider high-fiving Bryz.

"I don't know what happ-- BEAR?!?"

CSN breaking news on Bryz: (NSFW)