Team Recap: 18th-Seeded ’06-’07 Anaheim Ducks

The #18 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '06-'07 Anaheim Ducks!

The #18 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’06-’07 Anaheim Ducks.

  • Francois Beauchemin (D)
    • 3 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   +5   10 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ilya Bryzgalov (G)
    • 1 GP   0-0-0   2.00 GAA   .882 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Stanislav Chistov (RW)
    • 22 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   -7   13 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Joe DiPenta (D)
    • 22 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +8   13 S   0 GWG   10 PIM   0 Stars
  • Todd Fedoruk (LW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +2   3 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ryan Getzlaf (C)
    • 22 GP   7 G   6 A   13 P   +11   61 S   2 GWG   2 PIM   5 Stars
  • Jean-Sebastien Giguere (G)
    • 22 GP   13-8-1   2.45 GAA   .928 SV%   1 SO   18 Stars
  • Kent Huskins (D)
    • 22 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -1   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ric Jackman (D)
    • 22 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -1   2 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Chris Kunitz (LW)
    • 22 GP   10 G   8 A   18 P   +17   71 S   0 GWG   8 PIM   7 Stars
  • Todd Marchant (C)
    • 4 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   +2   6 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Andy McDonald (C)
    • 22 GP   11 G   13 A   24 P   +10   99 S   1 GWG   16 PIM   13 Stars
  • Travis Moen (LW)
    • 22 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -7   36 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Rob Niedermayer (C)
    • 22 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Scott Niedermayer (D)
    • 22 GP   6 G   21 A   27 P   +2   95 S   1 GWG   14 PIM   9 Stars
  • Shane O’Brien (D)
    • 22 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   -4   18 S   0 GWG   12 PIM   0 Stars
  • Sean O’Donnell (D)
    • 22 GP   1 G   6 A   7 P   +8   15 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   1 Stars
  • Samuel Pahlsson (C)
    • 22 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -7   30 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dustin Penner (LW)
    • 22 GP   4 G   7 A   11 P   +2   39 S   1 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Corey Perry (RW)
    • 22 GP   7 G   4 A   11 P   +11   47 S   1 GWG   8 PIM   2 Stars
  • Chris Pronger (D)
    • 22 GP   3 G   17 A   20 P   +11   49 S   1 GWG   8 PIM   5 Stars
  • Teemu Selanne (RW)
    • 22 GP   17 G   12 A   29 P   +8   104 S   5 GWG*   12 PIM   19 Stars
  • Ryan Shannon (RW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +2   7 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Shawn Thornton (LW)
    • 18 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

Bold – Team Best

* – Tournament Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 13-8-1
  • Goals Scored: 70
  • Goals/Game: 3.18
  • Goals Allowed: 54
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 2.45
  • Shots: 734
  • Shots Allowed: 764
  • Shots/Game: 33.4
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 34.7
  • # of PP’s: 38
  • PPG’s: 5
  • PP%: 13.2%
  • TSH: 48
  • PPGA: 5
  • PK%: 89.6%
  • Penalties in minutes: 120

When it came down to who would represent the Ducks franchise in this tournament, it came down to the two years where they reached the Final. This team certainly is the better team, but their success in this tournament was a little more than what I was expecting with the draw they had for the second round.

1st Round:

Swept 47th-seeded ’34-’35 St. Louis Eagles, 4-0

2nd Round:

Defeated 15th-seeded ’73-’74 Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2

3rd Round:

Defeated 34th-seeded ’10-’11 Nashville Predators, 4-3, after being down 3-2

Quarterfinal:

Lost to 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres, 4-1

Under head coach Randy Carlyle, the ’06-’07 Anaheim Ducks finished the regular season with a record of 48-20-14, which is good for 110 points, which is the 2nd most in franchise history, and 1st in the Pacific Division. The Ducks were ranked 6th in the league in goals for (258) and 7th in the league in goals against (208). Hockey Reference ranked Anaheim’s strength of schedule as 12th in the league and their SRS rating system had Anaheim as the 4th best team in the league. Despite that, they ran through the playoffs to win their first Stanley Cup. They eliminated the Minnesota Wild in the Conference Quarterfinals in five games and then they eliminated the Vancouver Canucks in the Conference Semifinals in five games, as well. In the Conference Finals, they defeated the Detroit Red Wings in an exciting six game series to advance to their second ever Finals appearance. They won their first Cup by eliminating the Ottawa Senators in five games.

Much like many seasons in Anaheim Ducks history, Teemu Selanne led them offensively in ’06-’07. He posted a team high in points with 94 in 82 games played. He was followed up by Andy McDonald and Scott Niedermayer who posted 78 and 69 points, respectively. He was also by far and away the teams leading goal-scorer with 48. Dustin Penner was second and McDonald was third with them posting 29 and 27, respectively. Niedermayer, McDonald and Selanne, in that order, were the top three on the team in assists with 54, 51 and 46, respectively. Selanne was also among team leaders in plus/minus. Chris Pronger posted the highest plus/minus ratings at +27, but Selanne was +26 and Chris Kunitz was third at +23. Longtime Duck, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, had a stellar season in net. He posted a record of 36-10-8 with a 2.26 goals against average and a save percentage of .918%. He was even better in the postseason with a 1.97 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. This team remarkably had two finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, Niedermayer and Pronger, and like many other great defensemen, did not win the trophy because of Nicklas Lidstrom. However, Niedermayer would be given the Conn Smythe Trophy for his playoff performance.

Up next is the #20 seed, the ’02-’03 Dallas Stars!

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