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Top 30 Moments: 6-10

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 second-to-last installment - Nos. 6-10.

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10. December 22, 2009 at Colorado
Three days before Christmas, the Ducks put together a furious comeback in Colorado to defeat the Avalanche 4-2.

Anaheim was down 2-0 with less than eight minutes left in regulation when Scott Niedermayer smoothly wristed in a pass from Corey Perry to put the club on board for the first time. A little more than two minutes later,  rookie Dan Sexton found himself in prime position in front of the net to tie the game at the 15:05 mark. The game seemed destined for overtime, until Ryan Getzlaf (on another feed from Perry) thrillingly backhanded a shot past Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson for the game-winner with 26 seconds left. The scoring would not end there, as 15 seconds later Todd Marchant would seal the improbable victory with an empty-netter.

A Furious Comeback in Final 7:34 Gives Ducks Improbable Win at Colorado

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9. October 10, 2009 at Philadelphia
It was billed as the first game between the Ducks and Flyers since their big offseason trade involving Chris Pronger, Joffrey Lupul and Luca Sbisa. It would end as another memorable night in the illustrious career of Teemu Selanne.

After Pronger put the Flyers up 2-0 in the second period, the score remained that way until the 13:16 mark of the third. That is when the Finnish Flash beat Flyers goalie Ray Emery glove side for his first goal of the game. His second would dramatically tie the game with 16 seconds left in regulation, as the Ducks skated with the extra attacker. No. 8 capped off the game as the only person to convert in a shootout, sending a quick snap shot top shelf to give the Ducks a 3-2 victory in the City of Brotherly Love.

Selanne's Heroics Propel the Ducks Past Pronger and the Flyers

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8. December 8, 2009 vs. Dallas
A unlikely source helped the Ducks put together a comeback from three goals down against the Stars - rookie Dan Sexton, who entered the game with two games played in the NHL and zero goals on his resume.

It was all Dallas through the first half of the contest, as the Stars jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 26:20 of the contest. Before the middle stanza came to end, Joffrey Lupul (in his final game before season-ending surgery) began to chip away at that lead with a goal. The third would belong to Sexton, a free agent signee from Bowling Green who fired a game-high nine shots on Stars goalie Marty Turco. The 22-year-old scored his first career goal 6:08 into the final period and followed with a priceless celebration that included sprinting to Anaheim's bench to slap hands. Sexton wouldn't have to wait long for his second career goal, as he skated through the Dallas defense and fired a shot from the right circle that beat Turco with 1:02 left in regulation. The game would go to overtime, where Saku Koivu followed up his own shot with a goal to give the Ducks a 4-3 win and create bedlam at Honda Center.

Rookie Sexton Ties Game with  First Two Career goals, Koivu Win It in OT

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7.  March 31, 2010 at Colorado
With the Ducks still clinging to playoff hopes, the team's second line of Jason Blake, Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu and the defense pairing of Scott Niedermayer and Steve Eminger put together an offensive outburst for a big 5-2 road win at Colorado.

Blake, acquired on January 31 in a trade for longtime Ducks netminder J.S. Giguere, tied a club record with five points (one goal, four assists) on the night. It was the 13th time a player had reached that total in franchise history, with the last being Corey Perry in October 2008. Selanne (who scored his 601st career goal on the night to tie fellow Finn Jari Kurri for 17th on NHL's all-time goals list), Koivu, Niedermayer and Eminger also tied another franchise record by each finishing the win with plus-five ratings.

Blake Ties Club Record with Five Points,  Four Others Tie Mark with Plus-Five Ratings

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6.  March 19, 2010 vs. New York Islanders
Anaheim again appeared to be headed for defeat against the Islanders, before some more late-game magic led to a 5-4 overtime victory at Honda Center.

As time ticked away in regulation, the Ducks (down 4-3) sent backup goalie Curtis McElhinney (who relieved Jonas Hiller in the second period) to the bench for an extra attacker. With 32 seconds left, Lubomir Visnovsky ripped a one-timer past Islanders netminder for his biggest goal yet as a Duck to tie the game. The game went to overtime, where it did not last long thanks to another clutch play from Saku Koivu. The center intercepted a pass and scored on a breakway just 14 seconds into the extra session to send the fans home happy with a Ducks win.

Late-Game Magic from Visnovsky and Koivu Leads Ducks Past Islanders in OT

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