The Anaheim Ducks' 2011-12 season began in Helsinki before it sunk into hell.
Coach Randy Carlyle paid for a 7-13-4 stumble from the gate with his job, getting fired on Nov. 30, 2011, in favor of recently canned Washington Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau. (Carlyle would later be hired by his old pal Brian Burke in Toronto.) Boudreau led the Ducks to a 27-23-8 record that included an 8-1-0 streak in January that teased contention. But Anaheim finished at 34-36-12, placing last in the Pacific.
It was a particularly brutal reversal of fortunes for the team's Big Three. Corey Perry, reigning MVP, went from 50 goals to 37 and 98 points to 60. Ryan Getzlaf had a career low in goals (11) and the lowest point total (57) since his rookie season. Bobby Ryan, who took part in a failed conversion to center, dropped from 71 points to 57.