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Top 40 Moments: 1-5

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
By Matt Vevoda

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The Ducks returned to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2010-11 as a four seed in an ultra-competitive Western Conference. It was the eighth postseason appearance for Anaheim in its history, including five of the last six seasons. The Ducks finished the regular season with a 47-30-5 record (99 points, tying for the second-most wins in franchise history (48 in 2006-07, 47 in 2007-08). While the club ultimately fell to Nashville in six games of the quarterfinals, it was a campaign filled with long-lasting memories. AnaheimDucks.com has counted down the top 40 moments from the season. Here is the final installment  - Nos. 1-5.

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1. April 8, 2011 vs. Los Angeles
Enduring a tremendous fight for a postseason berth in the Western Conference, the Ducks finally punched their playoff ticket in game No. 81 of the regular season. Making matters even better, Anaheim did so with a 2-1 victory over the rival Kings on Fan Appreciation Night at Honda Center.

Once again providing the spark for the Ducks was Teemu Selanne. Down 1-0 to the Kings after one period of play, the ageless 40-year-old went to work. He scored the game-tying goal midway through the second, after he corraled a rebound at the right circle and deftly beat Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick. Still knotted at 1-1 in the third, each member of Anaheim's second forward line played a role in putting the club in front. Jason Blake took control of the puck in the Anaheim zone and got it to Saku Koivu at center ice. Koivu then made an incredible play by keeping the puck despite being tripped up by Matt Greene. While falling down, Koivu found Selanne in front of the net and the Finnish Flash punched it in to put Anaheim on top at the 5:54 mark. The Ducks held on the rest of the way and joyously cemented the franchise's eighth trip to the postseason.

Playoff-Bound Once Again: Ducks Claim Postseason Berth with Close Win over Kings on Fan Appreciation Night


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2. April 9, 2011 at Los Angeles
The final night of the 2010-11 regular season was one where everything went in favor of the Ducks. As a result, Anaheim leapfrogged into a fourth place finish in the Western Conference and gained home-ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Prior to Anaheim stepping onto the ice at Staples Center, the Predators fell to St. Louis in regulation. The Ducks then burst out of the gate against the Kings with three goals in the first 28:54 of the game. With about five minutes left in regulation and Anaheim up 3-1, the scoreboard showed the Coyotes had lost to San Jose. Therefore, the winner of the Ducks-Kings game would capture the fourth seed. There would be no more scoring for either of the Freeway Face-Off combatants and the Ducks held on to complete a home-and-home sweep of their rivals on consecutive nights. There were two scraps though before the final horn, one featuring Sheldon Brookbank dominating Kyle Clifford and another (surprisingly) with Teemu Selanne and Brad Richardson.

Ducks Capture Fourth Place in Western Conference with Road Defeat of Kings in Final Game of Regular Season


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3. April 6, 2011 vs. San Jose
During Corey Perry's scorching final month of the season, his run to the 50-goal plateau came in emphatic fashion, with a hat trick in a 6-2 rout of the rival Sharks.

The Hart Finalist's first tally of the night was a beauty, as he undressed San Jose defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic on a toe drag before backhanding the puck past goalie Antero Niittymaki. Later on a delayed penalty against the Sharks, Perry fought his way to the front of the net and slipped the puck in while falling to one knee for goal No. 49 on the year. His 50th goal would come on the power play just 4:11 later in the contest. Teemu Selanne, the last Duck to reach 50 (in 1997-98) put the puck in front of the net where Perry was waiting to tap it in. The Honda Center crowd erupted with chants of  "M-V-P, M-V-P!" following the goal, which was also good for his third hat trick of the season. That was Perry's 19th and final goal in the final month and it placed him at the top of the NHL's goals list for 2010-11.

Perry Reaches 50-Goal Mark on a Hat Trick Goal and Ducks Thump Sharks


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4. March 23, 2011 at Dallas
A mere 5.4 seconds were left on the clock in Dallas when the oldest-youngest Ducks duo of Teemu Selanne and Cam Fowler snatched victory away from the Stars.

Down by one in the waning seconds of regulation, Anaheim had emptied its net and was firing shots at Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen. A rebound came right to Selanne at the left circle and he quickly whipped the puck into the back of the net. The Finnish Flash then lept several times in a chill-inducing celebration. Just like he did on Feb. 11 at Calgary (Top Moment No. 11), Fowler followed Selanne's lead by finishing off the comeback in overtime. The Ducks rookie played give-and-go with Bobby Ryan during a 2-on-1 breakaway and scored on a quick wrist shot for the 4-3 win. Ducks play-by-play man John Ahlers exclaimed afterward, "The kid has done it again!"

Teemu Jumps with Joy after Tying Game Late, Fowler Completes Comeback with OT-Winner


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5. March 2, 2011 vs. Detroit
There rarely is a dull moment each time the Ducks and Red Wings renew their rivalry. Bobby Ryan elevated the excitement of the series even more on this night by scoring an overtime game-winning goal, on a penalty shot.

Knotted at 1-1 in the extra session, the moment was set up when Ryan was tripped from behind by Ruslan Salei while on a breakaway. With much of Honda Center already pointing to center ice, the referee granted the Ducks winger a penalty shot. In a dramatic scene, Ryan went to his forehand and beat Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard with a quick wrist shot for a 2-1 Anaheim victory. That was the first overtime tally on his first career penalty shot attempt, while also giving Ryan his 30th goal of the season (the third straight year he had reached that mark).

On a Penalty Shot, Ryan Triumphiantly Lifts Ducks Past Detroit in Overtime

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Moments 21-25
Moments 26-30
Moments 31-35
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