The 2012–13Anaheim Ducksseason was the 20th season of operation (19th season of play) for the National Hockey League franchise. The season was partially cancelled due to a labor dispute, which finally ended on Sunday, January 6, 2013. The 2012–13 campaign for the Ducks commenced as a shortened, 48-game season, beginning January 19 on the road against Vancouver. The shortened season featured only intra-conference games. The Ducks compensated for a disappointing season in 2011–12, wherein they struggled in the first half of the season and dug a hole that was too deep to climb out of despite a second-half resurgence. The previous season marked the second time in their last three seasons that the Ducks missed the playoffs.
Despite amassing a 30–12–6 regular season record, finishing second place in the Western Conference, and winning the Pacific Division for the second time in franchise history, the Ducks disappointed in the playoffs, falling to their longtime postseason enemy Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 3. The Ducks held a 3 games to 2 lead in the series after Game 5, but relinquished Game 6 in overtime to Detroit before falling apart offensively in the decisive Game 7.
See the game log below for detailed game-by-game regular season information.
Prior to the lockout, the original 2012–13 Anaheim Ducks regular season schedule was released in June 2012. Their home and season opener was scheduled to take place on Friday, October 12 against San Jose, and the Ducks were to have enjoyed a four-game homestand to start the season.
On Thursday, October 4, the NHL cancelled all games scheduled through Wednesday, October 24, causing the Ducks to lose their first six games of the season. On October 19, 2012, games through November 1 were cancelled, causing the Ducks to lose three more games. Only one week later, on October 26, all November games were cancelled, and a tentative start date of December 1 was set. On November 23, 2012, all games through December 14 were axed, impacting six games on the Ducks' schedule. On December 11, 2012, all games through December 30 were eliminated. Nine days later, on December 20, 2012, further lack of negotiations during the lockout led to the cancellation of all games through January 14.
On January 6, 2013, the lockout ended after a 16-hour negotiation session in an effort to save the season. A condensed season, of a length of 48 intra-conference games, will now be played.
Under the new, lockout-shortened 48-game schedule, the Ducks opened the season by sweeping a two-game Canadian road trip, with a decisive 7–3 victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, January 19, at 7 p.m. PST, followed by a 5–4 decision against the Calgary Flames on Monday, January 21. Their home opener will now take place at Honda Center on Friday, January 25, also against the Canucks. The distinction of the Ducks' longest homestand will be split between two five-game stretches from March 18 – 25 and from April 3 – 10. Anaheim's lengthiest road trip was a six-game haul from February 6 – 16. Also, due to the shortened nature of the schedule and the objective of condensing travel, all games will be against the Ducks' own Western Conference opponents, and no games will be played against Eastern Conference teams. This condensed schedule structure also leads to the development of anomalies absent from a normal 82-game schedule, such as playing back-to-back games against the same team in the same location. For example, the Ducks host the Dallas Stars at Honda Center on both April 3 and 5, and later play games on two consecutive nights in Edmonton on April 21 and 22. The Ducks will end the regular season on Saturday, April 27, at home against Phoenix.
January 19: The Ducks open the season on the road with a 7–3 triumph over hosting Vancouver. The Ducks break a six-season streak of losing the first game of the regular season; this is the first time they have done so since 2006–07.
January 25: The Ducks hold their home opener against Vancouver, in a rematch of the season opener six days earlier; however, in a reversal of fortunes, this time the Ducks lose by a score of 5–0.
February 9: Rookie goalie Viktor Fasth improves to a perfect 5–0–0 record (making him the netminder for more than half of Anaheim's eight victories) as the Ducks defeat the faltering Blues 6–5 in a shootout thriller in St. Louis. The Ducks rally from a 3–1 deficit at the end of the first period, scoring three goals in 1 minute, 41 seconds late in the second period.
February 12: Fasth improves to 6–0–0 and the Ducks improve to 9–2–1 and to 3–1–0 on a road swing by way of defeating the first place Chicago Blackhawks 3–2 in a shootout. Andrew Cogliano scores a game-tying goal late in the third period to help the Ducks recover from a 2–1 deficit, and Anaheim kills off two Chicago power plays in overtime, paving the way for the eventual shootout triumph.
February 15: Anaheim defeats the Detroit Red Wings 5–2 as the Ducks grab their first regular season victory in Joe Louis Arena in five years and five days, their last regular season triumph in the Motor City being a 3–2 win on Feb 10, 2008. Viktor Fasth remains undefeated between the pipes at a record of 7–0–0.
March 18: The Ducks set a franchise record with their 12th consecutive victory at home, a 5–3 triumph over San Jose. Midway through the second period, Anaheim scores twice in 34 seconds and thrice in 2 minutes 46 seconds as Long Beach native Emerson Etem scores his first NHL goal.
March 20: In a matchup of the two top teams in the Western Conference and of two of the top teams in the NHL, the Ducks down the formidable Chicago Blackhawks 4–2 in front of the largest crowd ever for a Ducks home game at Honda Center, with a mark of 17,610. (This breaks the old record of 17,601, also set during a Ducks–Blackhawks game, on February 26, 2012.) The Ducks score three unanswered goals in the third period and twice in 64 seconds to roar back from a 2–1 deficit for the 4–2 win. The triumph hands the Blackhawks only their third regulation loss of the season and follows a 3–2 overtime road win against Chicago on Feb. 12. Anaheim also extends their home winning streak to its 13th game.
March 29: Having fallen into a four-game losing streak since the March 20 game, the Ducks face the Blackhawks again—this time in Chicago—and end their losing streak and sweep the season series with a 2–1 triumph. Defenseman Sheldon Souray uses his trademark slapshot to score the game-winning goal with 2:08 left in the third period; the Los Angeles Times had run an article on Souray's benefits to the team that very morning.
April 12: While Anaheim was idle, the Ducks clinched a berth to the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs by virtue of a Detroit loss. This is Anaheim's ninth berth to the Stanley Cup playoffs and fifth in the past seven seasons since the 2004–05 lockout.
April 21: The Ducks snapped a four game losing streak in Edmonton at Rexall Place. This was Anaheim's tenth straight victory in Edmonton and the victory also mathematically eliminated the Oilers from playoff contention. The win also clinched home ice in the first round.
April 22: With a 3–0 win over Edmonton at Rexall Place, the Ducks clinched their second ever Pacific Division title and the #2 seed in the Western Conference for the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. The win also extended Anaheim's winning streak in Edmonton to eleven games.
Note: GP = Games Played; GS = Games Started; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts
b The Ducks' fifth-round pick went to the Montreal Canadiens as the result of a December 31, 2010 trade that sent Maxim Lapierre to the Ducks in exchange for Brett Festerling and this pick. The Montreal Canadiens' fifth-round pick went to the Anaheim Ducks as a result of a February 17, 2011 trade that sent Paul Mara to the Canadiens in exchange for this pick.