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!]
Bryz boogies? Yes, yes he does
Interviewer: What do you think about this record you just set? Bryzgalov: What record?
Bryz is not afraid of penguins.
"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)