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Top Moments of the 2016-17 Season: 15-11

by AJ Manderichio @AJManderichio / Anaheim Ducks

As disappointing as it was to see Anaheim's run come to an end in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final, it was a season full of memorable moments. From dramatic overtime victories to new franchise records, the 2016-17 season, as a whole, was a rollercoaster ride of emotion. We here at have compiled a list of the top 20 moments from this past season, and we didn't just limit it to the players themselves (as you'll see).

We continue with Top Moments 15-11. You can find moments 20-16 here.

15) Gibson's Record-Setting Performance
The New Year opened with fireworks for the Ducks and ended with a record-setting night for the man between the pipes, John Gibson. Anaheim jumped out to a 3-1 lead early in the second period on the strength of a Ryan Kesler hat trick. The Philadelphia Flyers clawed back, quickly tying the game and leading to a hook for Gibson. 

After sitting on the bench for just 3:48, Gibson returned to the net and proceeded to stymie Philadelphia. He tied a team record with 51 saves throughout regulation and overtime, then stopped three of four Flyers shootout attempts to seal the win. And he left us with this incredible GIF.

Tweet from @AnaheimDucks: The saves - amazing. The hair flip - on point.What a night for @JohnGibson35!

14) Rakell Returns
A delayed debut wouldn't put a damper on the excitement surrounding Rickard Rakell's return to the Anaheim Ducks. A contract holdout - and recovery from complications with appendicitis surgery during the offseason - pushed Rakell's first game to November, a Freeway Faceoff matchup with the rival Kings. 

You wouldn't know it was his season debut.

Rakell collected three points - including his first goal of the season - to help the Ducks blank their rivals, 4-0, at Staples Center. It was a sign of things to come for the Swedish winger, who would go on to record a career-high 33 goals.

 Video: ANA@LAK: Rakell goes five-hole to open scoring

13) Randy Returns
After another Game 7 loss on home ice, one that led to the firing of Bruce Boudreau, the Ducks stood at a crossroad. With a strong roster and a mix of solid veterans and exciting young prospects, Anaheim needed a new voice behind the bench to help the team maximize its potential.

No one thought the voice would be one from the past.

Randy Carlyle was announced as the team's head coach on June 14, 2016, promising to deliver accountability and an aggressive coaching style. After the team sputtered a bit out of the gate, he helped lead Anaheim to the Western Conference Final, winning his 300th game with the Ducks and reaching the 400-win milestone overall. He earned praise from the players for his calm demeanor and ability to make in-game adjustments, and he showed a softer side with the media.

In 2006, his Ducks-led team fell in the Conference Final, only to hoist the Cup one year later. Will "Randy 2.0" follow the same pattern?

12) "You Can't Win Here"
Sports has its share of crazy streaks and records, with the Ducks home win streak over the Calgary Flames firmly planted at the top of the list. Anaheim once again won every regular season game against Calgary on home ice, pushing its win streak to 25 straight regular season victories at Honda Center, a span of 13 years of home dominance. Anaheim is 28-8-2 against the Flames overall dating back to November 29, 2007.

The numbers above don't include the postseason, where Anaheim is a gaudy 12-4 all time against the Flames. The Ducks have won five straight home postseason games, with the last loss coming in Game 3 of the 2006 Western Conference Quarterfinals.

11) The Beard Arrives in Anaheim
Typically active around the trade deadline, Anaheim added just once piece to their roster in the days before the last deal of the season could be made. It turns out it was the one piece they needed.

Patrick Eaves, a rugged right wing who posted 37 points in 59 games with Dallas, came to the Ducks for a conditional 2017 draft choice. A weapon on the power play, Eaves immediately found success with captain Ryan Getzlaf. He finished the regular season with 32 goals and 51 points, staking his claim as arguably the best acquisition from a relatively quiet NHL trade deadline.

Video: EDM@ANA, Gm1: Eaves lifts own rebound past Talbot

He continued to play well in the postseason, collecting four points in seven games before sustaining an ankle sprain and deep bone bruise in the Second Round against the Edmonton Oilers.

Though he heads into the summer a free agent, Eaves spoke glowingly about his time with the Ducks and said he would be interested in a return to Anaheim.

Video: Patrick Eaves on his fit with Anaheim and free agency

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