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. AnaheimDucks.com will count down the top 30 moments from the season in the coming weeks. Here is the fourth installment - Nos. 11-15
15. March 3, 2010 - Trade Deadline Day When the noon (PST) trade deadline hit on March 3, it appeared the day would go down as mostly a quiet one around the NHL. There were several small transactions (including Anaheim obtaining backup goalie Curtis McElhinney and veteran d-man Aaron Ward), but nothing too jaw-dropping.
But then 30 minutes after the deadline had passed, the Ducks announced they had made the biggest move of the day - acquiring defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky from Edmonton in exchange for defenseman Ryan Whitney. The trade paid immediate dividents for Anaheim, as Visnovsky totaled five goals and 13 points in 16 games before fracturing his hand on April 6 to end his season. The Slovakia native was tied for fourth among all defensemen in the NHL in 2009-10 with 15 total goals and is signed through the 2012-13 season.
14. January 19, 2010 vs. Buffalo Never has an Anaheim team got off to a faster start than the one that came to the rink and defeated the Sabres 5-4 on January 19.
In that contest, the Ducks broke records for the quickest two (1:53), three (5:23) and four goals (10:26) to start a game in franchise history. It began with Ryan Getzlaf scoring 50 seconds into the game. He was followed by Evgeny Artyukhin, Mike Brown and Bobby Ryan in that record-breaking span. After that fourth goal, Buffalo replaced Patrick Lalime with its regular starter, Ryan Miller, and it seemed to invigorate the visitors. The Sabres scored three times in the first 6:12 of the second period to get within one. Troy Bodie, who scored his first career goal in the previous game, would provide a big insurance goal for the Ducks at the 15:53 mark of the third. After Buffalo scored again with 53 seconds remaining in the game, Bodie's tally would prove to be the game-winner in a wild night at Honda Center.
13. November 19, 2009 vs. Tampa Bay Everyone on the ice and those in attendance focus on Scott Niedermayer if a game heads to overtime. There has never been a defenseman in NHL history to end more games in extra time than No. 27 and he extended that record at home against Tampa Bay.
On the power play (following a Ryan Malone cross-checking penalty 11 seconds into OT), Niedermayer took a drop-pass in the slot from Ryan Getzlaf and whipped a shot past Lightning goalie Mike Smith to give the Ducks a 4-3 victory. It was the 13th time the Anaheim captain had scored in overtime during his illustrious career, six in front of the next defenseman (Brian Leetch) on the league's career overtime goals list.
12. January 23, 2010 at St. Louis James Wisniewski had never been called upon in a shootout before in his five seasons in the NHL. The time finally came at St. Louis and the d-man pulled off a slick backhand-forehand move in the seventh round to cap off a 4-3 Ducks comeback win.
Down 3-0, Scott Niedermayer got the ball rolling by banging home a gorgeous feed from Corey Perry at the 5:13 mark of the third period. It was another pretty pass, this one from rookie Dan Sexton, that set up Bobby Ryan to cut the lead to within one (which you can see, did not please former Duck Andy McDonald). With just 30 seconds left in the game, Ryan corralled the puck after a Ryan Getzlaf shot and incredibly tied the game with his second goal of game. After a scoreless overtime, the game proceeded to shootout and both teams scored twice in the first three rounds. When the seventh round came round, Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle took a chance on throwing Wisniewski out there and paid off for the win.
11. April 3, 2010 at Los Angeles As the Ducks were clinging to slim playoff hopes in the final days of the regular season, Saku Koivu single-handedly ensured they would stay alive for at least one more game during a 2-1 shootout victory at rival Los Angeles.
Down 1-0 in the third period, Koivu silenced Staples Center by tying the game with a late 6-on-4 goal (the second straight game he had done so). When the game entered a shootout and both teams came up empty in the first five combined attempts, Koivu was clutch yet again, deking Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and converting the game-winner to keep Anaheim in the postseason hunt for at least a few more days.