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Top 40 Moments: 11-15

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 is currently countring down the top 40 moments from the season. Here is the sixth installment - Nos. 11-15.

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11. February 11, 2011 at Calgary
In the final two months of the 2010-11 campaign, Anaheim strung together several dramatic overtime victories. The cardiac Ducks began that stretch with this 5-4 comeback victory at Calgary.

With Anaheim down by one and possibly headed for defeat, Teemu Selanne tied the game by smoothly depositing the puck by Miikka Kiprusoff on a power play with 2:07 remaining in regulation. In overtime thanks to the club's oldest player, the youngest member ensured a Ducks win. Cam Fowler snagged a pass from Saku Koivu at the top of the right circle, made his way to the net and scored on a backhand shot for his first career overtime goal. The rookie celebrated by pumping his first while on one knee before being mauled by his teammates. The Selanne-Fowler duo would work their late-game magic again, in a moment that will come later in the top 40 moments of the 2010-11 season.

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12. January 22, 2011 at Montreal
Saku Koivu spent 14 years (1995-2009) with the Montreal Canadiens, 11 them as captain of the storied franchise. He made a name for himself with the Habs and even fought off cancer (non-Hodgkins lymphoma) while with the team in 2002 (his comeback from that, seen here, is always goosebump-inducing). He made his much-anticipated return to Bell Centre on this night and was greeted with another rousing ovation.

All the talk entering this contest centered around Koivu, who was back in town for the first time since signing with the Ducks during the summer of 2009. His old team made things interesting in the game, evening the score with just 13 seconds left in regulation. But Anaheim rallied around its alternate captain, as Bobby Ryan converted the lone goal in a shootout to give the club a 4-3 victory. Afterward, the Montreal  fans voted Koivu the second star of the game and he thanked them one last time.

Koivu Returns to Montreal as a Duck and Anaheim Prevails for Shootout Victory


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13. December 12, 2010 vs. Minnesota
In their final game at Honda Center until New Year's Eve, the Ducks gave fans a stellar performance. Corey Perry scored his first career hat trick  and Bobby Ryan lit the lamp on one of the more bizarre goals of the year. Overall, those two and linemate Ryan Getzlaf combined for 11 points in the 6-2 victory.

Perry wasted no time scoring his first goal of the night, beating Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom just 19 seconds into regulation. After his buddy Getzlaf scored two goals, the right winger tallied his second of the night on a penalty shot at the 14:19 mark of the second period. A litte more than three minutes later, Ryan had his right-handed stick seized by Minnesota's Mikko Koivu, whose own left-handed stick had fallen to the ice. After a puck battle in the corner, Ryan picked up Koivu's stick and scored with it and he held up the evidence afterward. With the Ducks on the power play late in the third, Getzlaf fed Perry in front of the net for his third goal of the evening. After 16 two-goal games up to that point, the dynamic forward finally had his first career hat trick. He would end 2010-11 with three.

Ryan Scores with Mikko's Stick and Perry Nets First Career Hat Trick


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14. April 15, 2011 vs. Nashville
Having dropped Game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinals at home to Nashville, the Ducks needed a win in Game 2 to give themselves a chance in the series and they got it.

Anaheim's top forward line of Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf had a big say in the outcome, combining for four goals and eight points on the night. Perry scored to put the Ducks on the scoreboard first, which was big considering how much talk had been centered on Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne after his 27-save performance in Game 1. By the second period, Anaheim had pushed its lead to 4-1 and looked to be in control. But two third period goals for the Preds cut that lead to one and had fans on edge at Honda Center. Ryan calmed all those nerves by scoring his second goal of the night on an empty net with 52.6 seconds to seal the victory.

RPG Line Comes Up Big in Game 2 Win to Even Ducks-Predators Series at 1-1


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15. December 7, 2010 at Edmonton
As a shootout in Edmonton reached round 10, Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle turned to his talented rookie defenseman for a spark. Cam Fowler, two days after his 19th birthday, came through and Anaheim enjoyed a 3-2 victory at Rexall Place.

Knotted at two goals apiece after 65 minutes of hockey, the game entered the shootout. Initially, it did not appear it would last that long. Joffrey Lupul converted in the first round before Taylor Hall (2010 No. 1 overall draft pick) found the net in the third. Goalies Jonas HIller and Nikolai Khabibuilin stymied shooters the rest of the way. That was until Fowler, the 12th overall pick in the 2010 draft, took to the ice. He attacked the Edmonton net with a simple snap shot and that was good enough to end the night in Anaheim's favor.

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