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Top 25 Moments: 16-20

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
By Matt Vevoda

The 2011-12 season was one the Ducks ultimately looked at with disappointment. Anaheim finished the season with a 34-36-12 record (80 points, 13th in the Western Conference) and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for just the second time in the last seven campaigns. But there were some postives along the way. Under the guidance of new head coach Bruce Boudreau, the club had the fifth-best record in the West with 54 points (24-15-6) from Jan. 1 to the end of the season, and there were a number of highlights throughout the year. will count down the top 25 moments from past season in the coming weeks. Here is the second installment: 16-20.

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16. February 26, 2012
Back home from their longest, uninterrupted road trip in franchise history, the Ducks were greeted by a regular season record crowd of 17,601 at Honda Center. They were sent home happy, as Anaheim dominated the Blackhawks much of the night and prevailed for a 3-1 victory to stay hot.

A 1-1 game after the first 20 minutes of play, Sheldon Brookbank wristed in the eventual game-winner at the 12:31 mark of the middle period. It was the second goal in the last five games for the defenseman, who had gone 167 games without one prior to that timeframe. A guy with a little more scoring on his resume, Teemu Selanne, put the game out of reach with a power play goal early in the third.

Record Crowd Sees Ducks Return Home with Win

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17. January 22, 2012
After a difficult first three months of the 2011-12 campaign, the Ducks started to come around in January. Anaheim enjoyed its hottest stretch during that first month on the 2012 calendar, with a season-high five-game win streak and nine consecutive games with at least one point.

The final game of the streak was a 3-2 home victory over Colorado, in which Jonas Hiller stopped a season-high 43 shots and prevailed over his former teammate J.S. Giguere. Bobby Ryan used his previous knowledge of the goalie to score not one, but two breakaway goals. He even had a third breakaway chance, though that was denied. In all, Anaheim outscored its opponents 20-7 during the win streak.

January Roll: Ducks Win Season-High Fifth Straight

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18. January 31, 2012
After playing his first four seasons in the league with Edmonton, Andrew Cogliano was acquired by the Ducks in July 2011. He once again played in all 82 games during his first year in Anaheim, running his current iron man streak to 410 straight games played. The 24-year-old also enjoyed his best game yet in the NHL with his first career hat trick in a 4-1 victory at Phoenix.

It took a span of just 6:51 (second-fastest hat trick in Ducks history) in the second period for Cogliano to net all three of his goals, leaving the crowd at Arena stunned. The third goal and final goal came on a simple backhand attempt after he raced past the Coyotes d-men.

Cogliano Lights Up Phoenix for First Career Hat Trick

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19. March 5, 2012
Through his five-year career thus far, Bobby Ryan has had no shortage of amazing goals. There is the spin-o-rama for the hat trick, the penalty shot OT-winner and the amazing playoff one against the Predators among others. He added to that collection during a 4-2 win over Edmonton.

Early in the third period with the score even at 1-1, Teemu Selanne fed Ryan with an outlet pass and the winger was off to the races on a breakaway. As he closed in on the goal, former Duck Ryan Whitney made a last-ditch effort to trip him up. Ryan avoided it, moved the puck to his backhand and took flight for a brief moment before scoring a brilliant goal on Nikolai Khabibulin.

Bobby Adds to Highlight Reel, This Time by Flying

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20. January 26-29, 2012
Proving he has staying power among the NHL's elite players, Corey Perry followed up his Hart Trophy-winning season by being named an All-Star for the third time in his career in 2011-12.

The right winger began his All-Star weekend at Ottawa by being selected to play for Team Chara in the sixth round of the Fantasy Draft. On Saturday, he nearly won the Breakaway Challenge with this mini-stick goal (he finished second to Patrick Kane). In the big game, Perry played on a forward line with Evgeni Malkin and Jarome Iginla. He potted his first career All-Star goal and added an assist (both in the third period) to help Team Chara to a 12-9 victory in the game.

Perry Stands Out at 59th NHL All-Star Game

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