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Top 30 Moments: 26-30

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The 2007-08 season for the Anaheim Ducks is now in the books. Beginning in London and ultimately ending in disappointment against Dallas in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, the Ducks' attempt to defend their Stanley Cup title had plenty of memories along the way. In the coming weeks, will showcase the top 30 moments from the season that was. Here is the first installment - moments 26-30.

30. October 17, 2007 vs. Nashville
With three Ducks injured and two still contemplating retirement, it was the first career NHL goals of Petteri Wirtanen and Drew Miller that lifted Anaheim to a 3-1 victory over Nashville.

Tied at 1-1 in the third period, Wirtanen faked a shot before wristing the puck past Predators goalie Chris Mason to put the Ducks on top. Miller added much-needed insurance with his breakaway goal later in the period that he slid through Mason's pads.

Rookies to the Rescue

29. January 7, 2008 vs. Nashville
Trailing Nashville 1-0 after the first period, the Ducks would get four goals (Travis Moen, Chris Kunitz, Chris Pronger, Corey Perry) in a span of 8:07 in the second period to take a 4-1 advantage that would eventually develop into a 5-2 rout over the Predators.

The second period goals marked the fastest four goals the club had scored since Jan. 23, 2004 vs. Minnesota.

Four-goal Flurry Blasts Ducks Past Preds

28. November 23, 2007 vs. Phoenix
Plucked off waivers by Phoenix just one week earlier, former Ducks goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov returned to Honda Center for the first time in a post-Thanksgiving matinee.battle.

While the Ducks fell to the Coyotes 4-3 in a shootout, a video presentation  midway through the first period honoring Bryzgalov's time with the Ducks resulted in a raucous ovation from the crowd of 17,147 and three waves from the netminder with his glove hand.

Bryzgalov Returns to Honda Center

27. January 4, 2008 vs. Chicago
Just 16 seconds into the game, Corey Perry punches a rebound past Hawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin for his 21st goal of the season and the Ducks would hold on for a 2-1 victory.

Perry's goal tied for second-fastest in Ducks history to start a game and was the fastest at home. Steve Rucchin also scored 16 seconds in on Jan. 15, 1997 at Calgary and Paul Kariya scored eight seconds into a game in Colorado on March 9, 1997.

Perry Scores 16 Seconds into Ducks Victory

26. January 9, 2008 vs. Toronto
In Toronto's first visit to Honda Center since Nov. 13, 2003, the Ducks trounce the Maple Leafs 5-0. With an assist on the final goal of the game, Doug Weight becomes just the fifth U.S.-born player to garner 700 career assists.

"That’s pretty cool and it’s really a feat I’m proud of," said Weight of his accomplishment after the game. "That’s my game. It’s been the bulk of what I do in the league."

Weight Earns 700th Assist Against Toronto
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