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Top 30 Moments: 1-5

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
By Matt Vevoda

The 2009-10 season was nothing short of a rollercoaster ride for the Anaheim Ducks. Competing in its 16th campaign in the NHL, Anaheim missed playing in the postseason for the first time in five seasons. But the Ducks still finished with the sixth-best record in franchise history at 39-32-11(89 points). They also provided plenty of lasting memories over the course of an 82-game schedule. has counted down the top 30 moments from the season.  Here is the final installment - Nos. 1-5.

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5. April 2, 2010 vs. Vancouver
Teemu Selanne entered the game against Vancouver tied with one-time Duck Jari Kurri as the most prolific Finnish goal-scorers in the history of the NHL. By the end of the night, the Finnish Flash would be all alone at the top.

He passed Kurri with career goal No. 602 at 14:31 mark of the first period. With the 5-on-3 man advantage for the Ducks, Selanne flicked a shot past Canucks goaltender Andrew Raycroft. He would later pot No. 603 (also on the power play) by punching in a nice feed from fellow Finn Saku Koivu in the third period. Overall, the game was another classic between the Ducks and Canucks at Honda Center. Along with Selanne's milestone, Koivu would tie the game with 1:24 left in regulation before Anaheim would be defeated 5-4 in a shootout.

Selanne Becomes Most Prolific Scoring Finn in NHL History

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4. January 30 - February 3, 2010
While Jonas Hiller had already begun seeing more time than J.S. Giguere in Anaheim's net, he truly became the club's No. 1 goaltender over this five-day period and put on a show in doing so.

The stretch began with Hiller signing a four-year extension through 2013-14 on Jan. 30. The very next day Giguere, a member of the Ducks since 2000, was shipped to Toronto in exchange for Jason Blake and Vesa Toskala. In the team's next game after the transactions (Feb. 1 at Florida), Hiller pitched a 33-save shutout  in a 3-0 Ducks victory over the Panthers. The Swiss netminder would continue his dominance in the following game with 46 saves in a 3-1 home win over the rival Red Wings. Beginning with the only goal he allowed at Tampa Bay on Jan. 29 to the time Pavel Datsyuk scored late in the second period on Feb. 3, Hiller did not allow any pucks to get past him for a career-high 155:03 shutout streak. Not a bad way to officially take over the No. 1 spot.

The Jonas Hiller Era Officially Begins with a Career-High Shutout Streak

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3. February 10, 2010 vs. Edmonton
One of the best home teams in the NHL from 2005-2008, the Ducks tapered off a bit in 2008-09 and started off 2009-10 with a disappointing 1-5 record at Honda Center. But soon enough, the magic would return and the club would string together a franchise-best 11-game home winning streak.

The hot stretch would start with a 4-3 overtime win on Dec. 8 against Dallas. The Ducks would not lose again at home for nearly three months, when they fell to Colorado 4-3 on March 3 (in the first game back from the Olympic break). Before that break, this year's Ducks went into the record books by defeating the Oilers 3-2 on Feb. 10 for their 11th straight win at home (besting the previous franchise record of 10-game home streak from Feb. 17-March 26, 2008). On the strength of the 11 home wins in a row, Anaheim would finish the year with a 25-11-5 mark at Honda Center (its fourth-best home record in team history).

Anaheim Streaks to 11 Straight Home Wins at Honda Center

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2. February 16-28, 2010 at Vancouver
With the world watching the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, the Ducks stood out with the most players from any one team in hockey competition and finished with a league-high seven combined medals (also tied for the most in league history).

In all, nine players from the organization (Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Scott Niedermayer - Canada; Bobby Ryan, Ryan Whitney - USA; Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu - Finland; Jonas Hiller, Luca Sbisa - Switzerland) represented their countries at the Olympics. With Canada beating out USA in an instant classic for the gold and Finland knocking off Slovakia for the bronze, a stunning seven of those nine Ducks came home with hardware from Vancouver. It was the fourth Olympic medal for Koivu (three bronze, one silver), third for Selanne (two bronze, one silver) second for Niedermayer (two golds) and firsts Getzlaf, Perry, Whitney and Ryan.

Nine Ducks Compete at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Seven Bring Back Medals

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1. March 21, 2010 at Colorado
There is no doubt Teemu Selanne will be in the Hall of Fame when he decides to hang up his skates. The Finnish Flash further added to his legacy by scoring his 600th career goal in a 5-2 win over Colorado on March 21 at Honda Center.

The milestone goal may go down as one of the easier of Selanne's 600. With the Ducks on the power play, Corey Perry went hard to the net only to have the puck kicked to the middle of the ice by Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson. Scott Niedermayer was able to get his stick on the puck to send it to Selanne, who easily deposited it into the empty net. The entire Ducks bench emptied to congraulate No. 8, while the home fans gave him a rousing ovation. In scoring No. 600, Selanne became just the 18th player in NHL history to reach that feat and only the third from Europe (along with Jari Kurri and Jaromir Jagr) to do so. He would finish the season with 606 and wait is on to see if he will call it a career or continue to add to that number next year.

The Finnish Flash Scores Career Goal No. 600

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