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Top 40 Moments: 1-5

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The 2008-09 season for the Ducks was a wild ride that began in training camp in September and ended with a heartbreaking Game 7 defeat to the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semifinals. That eight-month journey for Anaheim was filled with an abdundance of lasting memories. has counted down the top 40 moments from the season that was. Here is the final installment - moments 1-5.

5. Feb. 26, 2009 & March 4, 2009
In a span of six days ending on the NHL trade deadline, the Ducks dramatically altered their lineup. The bevy of moves would prove to be the turning point in Anaheim's season.

The trades for Ryan Whitney, James Wisniewski, Petteri Nokelainen and Erik Christensen helped the Ducks go 10-2-1 to end the regular season and get into the playoffs for a fourth straight year.

Flurry of Deadline Deals Pays Off in the End

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4. April 16, 2009 at San Jose
Entering the first all-California playoff matchup in NHL history, the Ducks were considered underdogs to the Presidents Trophy-winning Sharks. But with a 2-0 win in Game 1 at San Jose, Anaheim quickly made it be known they still controlled hockey in the Golden State.

Third-period goals from Scott Niedermayer and Ryan Getzlaf were more than enough for Jonas Hiller, who baffled the Sharks in his first career playoff game with a 35-save shutout.

Playoffs Begin with Huge 2-0 Shutout Win

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3. Jan. 8, 2009 at Los Angeles
Down 3-0 to the Kings, Bobby Ryan put the Ducks on his back and the result was unforgettable. The rookie tied the game by notching his first career hat trick (and first by a Ducks rookie) in a span of 2:21, the fastest three goals by a player in club history.

Anaheim would lose the game 4-3, but nobody could stop talking about Ryan's historic performance. The lasting image was his final goal, arguably the NHL's top play of 2008-09.

Bobby's Dazzling Goal Caps Off Hat Trick

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2. May 3, 2009 at Detroit
One of the best games of the 2009 playoffs was definitely the longest. Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Ducks and Red Wings seemed like it would take the entire first Sunday of May to complete. Four hours and 22 minutes in, Todd Marchant suddenly ended it with a goal 1:15 into the third overtime.

Coincidentally interviewed before the third extra session, Marchant snapped a wrist shot through from the left wing to give Anaheim a 4-3 win.

Marchant Pots Game-Winner in Triple OT

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1. April 27, 2009 vs. San Jose
Completing a series defeat of the Sharks with a 4-1 victory in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals was easily the top moment of the 2008-09 season for the Ducks.

Anaheim trailed by one early in the game. But they responded with four unanswered goals (including Ryan Getzlaf's final dagger) and 37 more saves from Jonas HIller to eliminate San Jose and become the fifth team to upset the NHL’s best regular season team.

Ducks Overcome Odds to Eliminate Sharks

Previous Top 40 Moments of 2008-09
Moments 6-10
Moments 11-15
Moments 16-20
Moments 21-25
Moments 26-30
Moments 31-35
Moments 36-40
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