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Top 30 Moments: 16-20

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. will count down the top 30 moments from the season in the coming weeks.  Here is the third installment - Nos. 16-20.

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20. April 11, 2010 vs. Edmonton
The final showing of the 2009-10 Ducks was filled with more than enough offense. In front of its home crowd at Honda Center, Anaheim tied a season high with seven goals in a 7-2 defeat of the Oilers.

As fans in attendance were winning prizes (including a new Honda CrossTour for one lucky fan) as part of Fan Appreciation NIght, six different Ducks beat Edmonton goalie Jeff Deslauriers (Ryan Carter scored twice to double his season goal total) on the ice for the victory. While Jonas Hiller would be forced to leave the game prematurely when his back injury flared up in the second period, the goaltender was between the pipes long enough to make 18 saves and record his 30th win of the season. When the final horn sounded, the entire club took to the ice to thank the Ducks faithful for another season of support.

Ducks Put Up Seven on Fan Appreciation Night at Honda Center

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19. January 13, 2010 vs. Boston
There were rapid turns from one side to the next in Anaheim's 2009-10 campaign. There best run came just days after the calendar switched to 2010, when the team won a season-best five consecutive games from Jan. 5-13.

The fifth and final win of the streak came at home against Boston, which last visited Orange County on October 10, 2007 (the special night the Stanley Cup banner was raised to the rafters). Like that game, Ryan Getzlaf scored for the Ducks in this one. The two-time All-Star tied the game at 3-3 just under two minutes into the third period. Defenseman Steve Eminger would follow with his first goal in an Anaheim uniform, which came at the 8:07 mark and would prove to be the game-winner. While Teemu Selanne would have an errant puck fracture his jaw a few minutes later, the Ducks would eventually prevail for a 4-3 win over the Bruins.

Season-High Five-Game Win Streak Culminates with Win over Boston

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18. February 14, 2010 at Edmonton
Would Ryan Getzlaf play for the Ducks on Valentine's Day (the final game before the Olympic break) at Edmonton and could he be effective if he did? Those were the big questions being asked in Orange County and all of Canada, as the center was in danger of being replaced on Team Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics after injuring his ankle on Feb. 8 vs the rival Kings.

Getzlaf answered both emphatically by scoring two power play goals (including this one where he tapped the puck to himself between his legs before lighting the lamp) and four points in a 7-3 Ducks rout of the Oilers at Rexall Place. On the strength of his performance, the center would remain on Team Canada's roster and ultimately help his home country win a gold medal. The seven goals tied a season high for Anaheim and it was the club's sixth win in eight games entering the break.

Getzlaf Makes Resounding Return to Lineup on Valentine's Day

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17. November 27, 2009 vs. Chicago
Nobody knew it at the time, but the day after Thanksgiving Ducks-Blackhawks game at Honda Center would be Jean-Sebastien GIguere's final dominant performance in an Anaheim uniform. The iconic goalie (who would be traded to Toronto on Jan. 31) posted his club-record 32nd and final shutout with the team in a 3-0 victory over Chicago.

Giguere, who had only played in eight of the team's first 23 games, turned away all 28 shots fired on him by Chicago (including these nice stops on Patrick Kane and on onathan Toews) en route to the shutout win. Another iconic Duck helped him out on the other end, as Teemu Selanne scored two of the team's three goals (all on the power play) in the game. The victory was Giguere's third in a row and ultimately his second-to-last in a Ducks uniform.

Giguere Posts Final Shutout in Ducks Uniform the Day After Thanksgiving

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16. January 29, 2010 at Tampa Bay
James Wisniewski scored three goals in 2009-10, but one of them was critical to the Ducks walking out of the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay with a win. With the Lightning up 1-0 early, the Anaheim d-man sent a wrist shot by goalie Antero Niittymaki to tie the game up 6:26 into the second period.

That would be all the scoring for both teams in regulation and overtime. In the shootout, Steven Stamkos scored for Tampa Bay in the first round and Ryan Getzlaf countered with a conversion in the second round. After former Duck Brandon Bochenski failed on his third round attempt for the Lightning, Wisniewski was called on to put the game away (like he did in the seventh round of a shootout at St. Louis six days prior). He came thru once again, improving to 2-for-2 in shootouts during his career and sealing a 2-1 road victory for the Ducks.

James Wisniewski - Goal Scorer, Shootout Specialist

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