AnaheimDucks.comThe 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 second installment - Nos. 21-25.
25. October 30, 2009 vs. Vancouver
On the heels of four straight losses at home, the Ducks were desperate for a win at Honda Center when the Canucks paid a visit on Halloween Eve (nearly one year to the day of the 13-round shootout
between the clubs in 2008-09). Two Vancouver goals in the game's first 4:39 did not intially make the outlook promising.
But with 3:29 left
in the first stanza, Corey Perry
got Anaheim on the board with his first of two goals on the night. It would be the first of seven unanswered goals for the Ducks, who scored three times in the second period (George Parros
, Mike Brown, Perry) and three more in the third (two from Bobby Ryan
and one from Joffrey Lupul), en route to a much-needed 7-2 victory
over the Canucks. The seven goals on the evening would eventually finish 2009-10 tied for the season-high (along with a 7-3 win at Edmonton on Feb. 10 and a 7-2 win vs. Edmonton on April 11) by Anaheim.Down by Two Early, the Ducks Score Seven Unanswered to Beat Canucks at Home24. January 10, 2010 at Chicago
During the first two weekends of 2010, the Ducks faced the exact same road trip of playing at Nashville on Saturday and at Chicago on Sunday in a weird scheduling quirk. The first go-round on Jan. 2
and Jan. 3
did not end well, with back-to-back losses by a combined score of 8-3.
Anaheim would fare much better the next weekend. After a 3-2 win at Nashville on Jan. 9
, the Ducks rolled back into United Center where they had trailed by five goals at one point the previous Sunday before finally losing 5-2. Chicago appeared intent on repeating its performance, firing 43 shots at Jonas Hiller
. But the Ducks goaltender stood up to the challenge, shooing away all but one of those attempts (Duncan Keith scored a late third period goal to end Hiller's shutout bid) on a 42-save night. Though they managed to only get 12 shots on the Blackhawks net on the other end of the rink, Anaheim was able to come away with three goals from that and won the game 3-1
(the team's first victory in the Windy City since December 2007
).Hiller Thwarts Blackhawks as Anaheim Wins Despite Being Outshot 43-1223. January 5, 2010 vs. Detroit
For the first time in 238 days (since Game 6 of the 2009 Western Conference Semifinals), the rival Red Wings came back to Honda Center for a meeting with the Ducks. Anaheim had already been to Joe Louis Arena twice earlier in the season, losing on Nov. 14
and in overtime on Dec. 11
With the season series back in Orange County, the Ducks were finally able to exact a small measure of revenge on Detroit after a heartbreaking Game 7
loss in those playoffs last year. Anaheim seized momentum early on this night with a shorthanded goal from Saku Koivu
5:37 into regulation (the 200th goal
of his career). Just more than two minutes later, rookie Matt Beleskey
followed with his first career goal
(which would prove to be the game-winner). Following a scoreless second period, Detroit got on the board with a goal at the 11:03 mark of the third. Corey Perry
scored more than two minutes later before Kyle Chipchura added an empty-netter late to stop any comeback hopes from Detroit and ensure a 4-1 victory
for the Ducks.Anaheim Gets Some Revenge in Red Wings' Return to Honda Center22. November 5, 2009 vs. NashvilleJonas Hiller
played in his first full season as Anaheim's No. 1 goaltender in 2009-10. More than a month after Ducks gave Hiller the opening night nod between the pipes, the Swiss netminder responded with his first shutout of the season (and fifth of his career).
The 40-save performance (including nifty stops like this one
) came against the Predators in a 4-0 Ducks win
at Honda Center. It would be the first of six times on the year the 28-year-old would record at least 40 saves for the Ducks. On the other side of the rink, he was provided with plenty of offense by his teammates. Teemu Selanne
lit the lamp two times, while Bobby Ryan
and Todd Marchant also added goals to send the Ducks faithful home happy.Hiller Shuts Down Predators for First Shutout of the Season21. October 8, 2009 at Boston
The first win of 2009-10 came in game No. 3 for the Ducks during a visit to Boston. Following losses to San Jose on opening night at Honda Center and at Minnesota, Anaheim was able to put its first notch in the win column by beating the Bruins 6-1
at TD Garden.
After the first 20 minutes of play in the game, it would have appeared unlikely for that to be the final score. Boston peppered Jonas Hiller
with 19 shots and tallied the first goal of the game to take an early lead. The Ducks responded in the second period to take the lead on the strength of two Teemu Selanne
power play goals. Later in the middle session, Corey Perry
scored on this pretty move
and the rout was on. Evgeny Artyukhin, Bobby Ryan
scored in the final period along with Perry (on a rare shorthander) to close out the game. It would not be the only triumph for Anaheim over Boston on the day, as the Angels would later defeat the Red Sox
5-0 in a Game 1 of their first-round playoffs series 2,980 miles away back at Angels Stadium of Anaheim.
Ducks Get First Win of 2009-10 on a Day Anaheim Tops Boston Twice in SportsTop Moments 26-30