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Top Moments of the 2016-17 Season: 5-1

by AJ Manderichio @AJManderichio /

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 the Top Five Moments of the 2016-17 season. You can see moments 20-16 here, 15-11 here and 10-6 here

5) Your New Postseason Goals Leader…Ryan Getzlaf
Game 4 of the Second Round will be remembered for an incredible overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers - one of two in the series (more on that later) - but it marked an incredible personal milestone for Ryan Getzlaf.

After collecting a rebound off goaltender Cam Talbot, Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins stood idly in front of his own net. Getzlaf alertly swatted at his stick, knocking the puck by Talbot for the go-ahead goal in the second period. It was his 36th career postseason tally, pushing him past franchise-leader Teemu Selanne for the top spot on the club's postseason goals list.

Video: ANA@EDM, Gm4: Getzlaf passes Selanne, spurs win

Getzlaf tied the record earlier in the period, keying a three-goal outburst for Anaheim. He'd cap off his historic performance in overtime, leading to our next moment…

4) Striking Oil In Overtime
Game 4 of the Second Round series with the Edmonton Oilers didn't start as planned.

The Ducks couldn't grab early momentum and watched as Edmonton took advantage of early bounces to grab a 2-0 lead after one period. Anaheim, however, was a never-say-die team, and the team's top line took over in the second period.

Ryan Getzlaf kicked off the comeback early in the middle frame, ripping a shot by Cam Talbot. The Oilers challenged for goaltender interference on Corey Perry, but the call would stand. It opened the floodgates, as Rickard Rakell and Getzlaf would add later tallies to put Anaheim ahead by one.

Video: ANA@EDM, Gm4: Getzlaf finishes rebound for second

Edmonton would respond late in regulation. Drake Caggiula scored a power-play goal with just under two minutes remaining to send the game to overtime tied at three.

Once again, Getzlaf took over.

The captain came crashing down the sideboards, stripping Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson of the puck. Surrounded by three orange jerseys, Getzlaf whipped a pass to a wide-open Jakob Silfverberg, who one-timed the puck by Talbot to deliver a critical Game 4 win.

Video: ANA@EDM, Gm4: Silfverberg one-times OT winner

It would tie the series at two games apiece, setting up a dramatic Game 5 at Honda Center. More on that later. 

3) A Stampede of Ducks
The Ducks knew the Calgary Flames would be a desperate team in Game 3 of their First Round series. Through a period and a half of hockey, it looked like the Flames would grab a much-needed win. A Mark Giordano power-play goal gave Calgary a 4-1 lead at just 8:33 of the middle frame, chasing John Gibson from the game.

As they showed time and time again in the postseason, the Ducks were never out of it.

Shea Theodore gave the Ducks momentum, firing a shot by Brian Elliott in the final minute of the second period. Anaheim continued its push in the third, with a Nate Thompson goal that survived a lengthy review. That cut the deficit to one.

Video: ANA@CGY, Gm3: Thompson tips point shot past Elliott

Then, Theodore struck again, silencing a boisterous "C of Red" inside Scotiabank Saddledome.

Video: ANA@CGY, Gm3: Theodore ties it with his second goal

With momentum on their side, the Ducks struck early in overtime, grabbing a 3-0 series lead on Corey Perry's goal. Anaheim would go on to sweep the Flames in four games.

Video: ANA@CGY, Gm3: Perry beats Elliott to win game in OT

2) Breaking The Game 7 Curse
The words "Game 7" used to send a shudder up the spine of Ducks fans. After numerous postseasons ended in the final game of a series - and on home ice - there was a certain level of nervousness in Honda Center for this year's version.

That feeling didn't reach the guys on the ice.

Despite giving up the game's first goal, the Ducks looked poised and confident from the drop of the puck, bringing the game to the Oilers. Then came the breakthrough, with Andrew Cogliano tying the game at one near the midway point of the second period.

Video: EDM@ANA, Gm7: Cogliano knocks in a loose puck

An unlikely hero would deliver the crushing blow.

Sami Vatanen snuck down the sideboards, corralling a point and skating below the goal line. Nick Ritchie squeezed free in the circle, opening himself for the pass. His wrist shot didn't miss, squeezing through Cam Talbot's arm for the go-ahead goal early in the final frame.

Video: EDM@ANA, Gm7: Ritchie wires a wrister past Talbot

The Ducks would hold the fort defensively - and John Gibson would make some spectacular saves - to break the Game 7 curse. 

1) The Comeback on Katella
In a postseason full of dramatic comebacks, the Game 5 win over the Edmonton Oilers stands head and shoulders above the rest.

All was bleak for the Ducks late in regulation, as Edmonton held a three-goal advantage as the clocked ticked below four minutes left to play. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle pulled John Gibson early, putting the extra attacker on the ice.
The strategy paid off, as Ryan Getzlaf scored from the point with 3:16 left. The deficit was only two.

Video: EDM@ANA, Gm5: Getzlaf nets slapper from the point

Seconds later, the Ducks employed the same strategy. Off went Gibson for an extra attacker, and a new hero emerged - Cam Fowler, whose point shot snuck past Talbot just 35 seconds later.

It was now a one-goal game.

Video: EDM@ANA, Gm5: Fowler makes it a one-goal game late

The crowd could sense something special. The cheers of "Let's Go Ducks" grew louder as seconds ticked away, and Gibson again went to the bench for the extra attacker. Again, the strategy worked, as Rickard Rakell's shot worked itself through a mass of humanity in the net to tie the game.

With 15 seconds left, it was a brand new game.

Video: EDM@ANA, Gm5: Rakell ties the game late in the 3rd

The Ducks became the first team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to force overtime when trailing by three goals with less than four minutes left in regulation. But they weren't done there.

After a tense first overtime period, one where Anaheim held the lead in shots but Edmonton generated better quality scoring chances, the one-two punch of Getzlaf and Corey Perry would take over.

Video: EDM@ANA, Gm5: Perry ends thriller with goal in 2OT

Quickly after the final horn, #ComebackonKatella was born. It's a moment no Ducks fan will soon forget

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