15. Gr8 Night Against Montreal
Goals, goals, goals!
When the final horn sounded against the Montreal Canadiens on March 8, the Ducks celebrated an 8-2 thrashing of one of the league’s most surprising teams. Entering the game, Montreal netminder Carey Price looked to set his team’s all-time mark for goaltender wins. The Canadiens continued their push for a playoff spot and had already grabbed the first win of the two-game season series.
Anaheim flipped the script for the second and final regular season meeting.
Seven different Ducks scored goals, with 14 different players registering at least a point. Troy Terry, who recorded a goal and two assists, became the first Anaheim rookie to record back-to-back three-point games (1-5=6) and the first NHL rookie to do so since Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders from Jan. 13-15, 2018 (3-5=8). Nick Ritchie set a career high in points, and Adam Henrique finished with a multi-goal effort.
The moment of the night, however, belonged to rookie Max Jones.
With time winding down in regulation, the rookie winger put his head down and skated a loose puck out of his own end. Montreal gave him space, so he continued up the ice, striding through the neutral zone and into the offensive end. Sensing his opportunity, he cut to the slot and ripped a cross-body shot on Price.
Jones celebration encapsulated his feelings on his first career tally.
“So much pressure and stress was on my shoulders just from trying to get that first one,” he said in his postgame interview. “It’s the same thing that happened to me in the AHL a couple years back in the playoffs. Same thing in the OHL. I know how it feels. It’s not a fun time to go through something like that. The sigh of relief really felt good.”
14. Kase Leaves Dallas Seeing Stars
On a night where the Ducks needed offense, Ondrej Kase led the charge.
He started his night in the first period, converting a feed from Pontus Aberg to get his team on the board first.
The Stars scored three times after that, turning a one-goal Ducks lead into a two-goal deficit. Kase whittled it down to one late in the second period.
Down just one, Kase would help the Ducks complete the comeback early in the third period.
“I just closed my eyes and shot the puck,” he said. “I had room, so I just tried to hit the net. It was amazing,” Kase said. “I’m so happy. It’s the first one. It was a good game for us.”
His hat trick goal spurred an offensive outburst for the Ducks. The team scored three more times in the final frame, skating away with the 6-3 win.
13. Michael Lu Meets the Home Crowd
In its third season, the 21st Duck honors a fan who embodies characteristics such as great perseverance, character, courage, inspiration or a fan who is making significant contributions to our community.
Michael Lu perfectly fit the description.
This year’s 21st Duck, Lu battles Parkinson’s disease while serving as an instructor for the Learn to Play programs at The Rinks. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of Parkinson’s Resource Organization (parkinsonsresource.org), where he continues to try and break the stereotype that Parkinson’s is a disease that affects only the elderly.
Most importantly, Lu wants people to know that his disease doesn’t define him.
“I feel that with this opportunity with the Ducks, I can truly spread awareness,” he said.
After Ryan Getzlaf surprised him with the news he’d be the 21st Duck at THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE – and a practice with the team at Honda Center – Lu received the moment of a lifetime. The 21st Duck got his own introduction during the Home Opener, skating out from the tunnel to the roar of a sold-out crowd before joining the team at center ice.
12. Party Like It’s 1993
It felt like 1993 all over again on October 8 at Honda Center.
The jerseys were a little different, the arena a little updated, but the opponents remained the same – Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary season, the two teams met in Anaheim on the same date the Ducks franchise first dropped the puck for a regular season contest. The similarities between the two games ended there.
The Ducks and Red Wings battled to a 2-2 tie through regulation. Anaheim carried play in the overtime session, but the game required a shootout, a format that didn’t exist when the two teams met in 1993.
Terry – born four days after that first game – scored the winner.
11. Fowler Strikes Three Times
Cam Fowler certainly has a flair for the dramatic.
The defenseman stole the show against the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 4 at Honda Center, scoring three times to record his first career hat trick.
His first goal came in the second period, with the teams skating 4-on-4. Rickard Rakell attempted to stickhandle through the defense, but lost the puck. Fowler followed up, chipping the loose puck by Joonas Korpisalo to tie the game at one.
Fowler struck again later in the second, with a beautiful wrister to put the Ducks ahead.
His third and final goal came in the overtime session. Henrique drove past Artemi Panarin, carrying the puck from the near boards to the crease. With the defense focused on him, he slid a pass across to a wide-open Fowler, who buried the puck into the open net for the hat trick, game-winning tally.
Fowler became the seventh defenseman in NHL history to record three goals, including an overtime winner.
“I’m thrilled with my accomplishment, but it’s not about me,” Fowler said following the win. “It’s about the team. We needed this win. Credit to them, [Columbus] fought hard. It was difficult giving up that goal late, but luckily, we found a way to win and hopefully get this in the right direction.”