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Top 30 Moments: 26-30

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 first installment - Nos. 26-30.

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30. October 14, 2009 vs. Minnesota
Better on the road one season before, the Ducks returned to being one of the league's best at home in 2009-10. Anaheim reached the 25-win mark at home for the fourth time (the other three came in a span from 2005-08) in franchise history, while also being one of 12 in the NHL to reach that number.

The first of those 25 came against the Wild in a game Corey Perry scored two goals in the first 8:29 of regulation. The winger nearly came away with his first career hat trick, barely missing on a handful of attempts. Ryan Carter's goal 15:11 into the second period proved to be the game-winner and Jonas Hiller won his third straight game with 32 saves.

Perry Scores Two Early, Ducks Prevail for First Home Win of 2009-10

29. March 29, 2010 vs. Dallas
On a night Teemu Selanne was honored for scoring his 600th career goal, Anaheim top prospect Nick Bonino found the net for the very first time in a 3-2 Ducks win over the Stars.

Signed by the Ducks eight days prior (the same day Selanne scored No. 600), Bonino quickly worked his way into the lineup following Ryan Getzlaf’s re-aggrevated ankle injury. The center out of Boston University made his NHL debut on March 26 at Edmonton before scoring his first career goal on the power play against Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen. Making it even more special, the assist went to none other than Selanne on the play.

Top Prospect Bonino Pots First Career Goal on Assist from Selanne

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28. February 8, 2010 vs. Los Angeles
Playing against the rival Kings always holds high importance for the Ducks, but this contest also had several streaks on the line for both clubs. Anaheim entered looking to tie a franchise mark with its 10th straight win at Honda Center. While the Kings, who had won five in a row in the Freeway Face-Off, were also enjoying the best run in their history with nine consecutive wins. Something had to give.

Much to the delight of the 16,033 in the arena, it was the Ducks who would prevail with a 4-2 victory to tie the home streak set in 2008. Even after 20 minutes of play, Anaheim would score three times in the middle stanza to put the game out of reach. Jonas Hiller finished the game with 35 saves and Corey Perry led the team with three points.

Anaheim Ends Rival Kings' Winning Streak, Wins 10th Straight at Home

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27. January 17, 2010 vs. Calgary
Anaheim continued to make Honda Center a house of horrors for the Flames in 2009-10. Calgary, who last won at the arena in January 2004, saw the losing streak in Orange County reach 11 straight with a 5-4 Ducks victory in this game. The active run is now the longest for the Ducks at home against one opponent in team history, besting the 10 wins in a row the team had over Phoenix from November 2003-March 2007.

Three unlikely sources helped the Ducks stake out to an early 3-1 lead in the game, as Evgeny Artyukhin and rookies Dan Sexton and Troy Bodie (the first goal of his career) scored in the first period. After seeing that lead disappear in the second period, two more established sources of scoring (Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan) lit the lamp to keep Anaheim’s home winning streak alive against the Flames.

Ducks Extinguish Flames for a record 11th Straight Time at Honda Center

26. April 2, 2010 vs. Vancouver
For the second straight season and third time out of the last four seasons, the Ducks led the NHL in fighting majors with 78 (one ahead of second-place Philadelphia). Nobody on the team dropped the gloves more than enforcer George Parros, who did so 20 times (third year in a row with at least 20 fights) en route to a team-leading 136 penalty minutes.

He saved arguably his best scrap of 2009-10 for the end, as he took on Vancouver’s Darcy Hordichuk in his final fight of the season. It was the fourth time the two players squared off on the year, including twice (here and here) in the last game between teams on March 24 at Vancouver. It could have been a trilogy in that game after this Parros check, but officials stepped in before it could happen. When they did finally tangle again, it came in this battle of flying fists at Honda Center.

Parros-Hordichuk IV Rates as Best Ducks Fight of the Year

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