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Top 40 Moments: 16-20

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 fifth installment - Nos. 16-20.

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16. March 20, 2011 at Calgary
Six minutes into this contest, it looked to be business as usual for the Ducks against the Flames at Honda Center. Getting goals from Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin, Anaheim raced out to a large lead. But Calgary -- winless in the building since April 4, 2004 -- stormed back to take a 4-3 lead in the third period. Undeterred, the Ducks fought back behind two tip-in goals for a 5-4 overtime victory (the club's second OT win in as many nights).

The streak stands at 13 straight home wins over the Flames in big part because of the continued late heroics of Teemu Selanne. The Finnish Flash was in the slot with 2:01 left in regulation, when he redirected a Ryan Getzlaf pass by Flames backup netminder Henrik Karlsson. In the extra session, it was Corey Perry's leg that changed the puck's direction after a Toni Lydman shot. That was Perry's second career OT goal, with his first coming one night before (and later in the countdown of the Top 40 Moments of 2010-11).

Despite Letting Early Lead Slip Away, Cardiac Ducks Come Back to Beat Calgary in Overtime


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17. January 29 & 30, 2011 at Carolina
Anaheim was well-represented at the 58th annual NHL All-Star Game in Carolina. Corey Perry (Team Staal) and Jonas Hiller (Team Lidstrom) played on opposing teams in the new format to the midseason classic, while Cam Fowler was one of 12 league rookies to participate in the SuperSkills Competition.

Hiller helped Team Lidstrom walk away with an 11-10 victory by stopping a game-high 15 of 17 shots during the second period. Perry tallied two assists in 16:02 of ice time in the loss for his team. But one night before, it was Perry who reigned supreme durign the SuperSkills Competition. The Hart Trophy finalist won the Elimination Shootout, the only player to score on all three of his attempts (including a goal against Hiller).

Perry, Hiller Selected to 2011 All-Star Game; Fowler Participates in Weekend at Carolina


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18. November 7, 2010 vs. Nashville
Still five months away from battling in the Western Conference Quarterfinals against each other, the Ducks and Predators tangled in this back-and-forth contest. Four times Anaheim grabbed a lead at Honda Center, only to see the score evened each time. But an unlikely source provided the thrilling game-winner with so little time left that another comeback was not possible for Nashville.

Defenseman Paul Mara, whose tenure with the Ducks would only last 33 games before he was traded to Montreal in February, jumped into the play with the clock winding down in regulation. Bobby Ryan was able to gain possession of the puck and flung a blind pass toward the crease, where Mara one-timed it into an open net with 1.7 seconds left to send the fans home happy with a 5-4 Anaheim win.

Ducks Stun Nashville By Getting Game-Winning Goal from Mara with 1.7 Seconds Left on the Clock


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19. December 15, 2010 at Washington
HBO cameras were rolling at Verizon Center, when the Ducks began their season-long, seven-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime victory over Washington.

In the lead-up to the 2011 Winter Classic, the Capitals were being filmed  for the four-part series 24/7. What they captured on this night was Ryan Getzlaf whipping a shot in from the left circle that found the back of the net with 56.6 seconds left in overtime. Anaheim may have not even been in that extra session if not for Getzlaf's best goalie impersonation. Brooks Laich nearly had his second goal in a minute for Washington, but the Ducks captain was able to sweep the puck off the goal line to keep the score at 1-0 Capitals. Anaheim would tie the game in the second on a Joffrey Lupul power play goal, before Getzlaf took center stage again.

Getzlaf Steals the Show with HBO Cameras Filming in Washington D.C.


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20. November 9, 2010 at San Jose
Since beginning the 2009 Western Conference Quarterfinals with two straight wins in San Jose, the Ducks had been unable to beat the Sharks again at HP Pavilion. It was a string of five straight Anaheim losses in the Shark Tank, including a 5-2 trouncing two weeks prior. That streak came to an end in the blink of an eye in overtime on this night, thanks to Lubomir Visnovsky.

Saku Koivu defeated Patrick Marleau cleanly in the faceoff circle and got the puck to Visnovsky behind him. The Ducks defenseman walked the puck to the middle of the ice and blasted a shot past Sharks goalie Antero Niittymaki with 32.6 seconds left on the clock to give Anaheim the 3-2 victory. It was the Ducks' second OT win of the season and their second in a span of six days.

Lubo's OT Strike Gives Ducks FIrst Win in San Jose since 2009 Playoffs

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