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Top 40 Moments: 21-25

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 fourth installment - Nos. 21-25.

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21. November 3, 2010 vs. Tampa Bay
Overtime provided many special moments for the 2010-11 Anaheim Ducks. The club skated away with a total of nine victories in OT, the first of which was this 3-2 victory, capped off with a game-winning goal from Ryan Getzlaf.

To get to that extra session though, the Ducks needed the help of a 19-year-old playing in his first NHL game. Kyle Palmieri made it an even more memorable night by scoring his first career goal and it came in a crucial moment with Anaheim down 2-1 to the Lightning with 4:20 left in the contest. The 2009 first round pick took a backhand pass from Getzlaf and beat goaltender Dan Ellis (who was later traded to Anaheim). Getzlaf then scored from nearly the same spot on the ice to end it in overtime.

Palmieri Ties Game Late with First NHL Goal, Getzlaf Blasts Home OT Winner


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22. February 13, 2011 at Edmonton
A far cry from their turbulent start on the road to begin the 2010-11 campaign, the Ducks swept a road trip of four games or more for just the third time in franchise history with this 4-0 blanking of the Oilers at Rexall Place.

After wins in Colorado, Vancouver and Calgary, the Ducks wasted no time in grabbing a lead at Edmonton by getting a Teemu Selanne goal 34 seconds into regulation. Brandon McMillan tipped in a Dan Sexton shot in the second period and Bobby Ryan added another goal just 1:14 later. Ryan put his second of the game past the stripe early in the third on a nice move by Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk. Jonas Hiller did not have to work too hard for his career-high fifth shutout, posting 12 saves in his last full  game of the season.

Behind Hiller's Final Shutout, Ducks Complete Sweep of Road Trip


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23. March 16, 2011 vs. St. Louis
Less than a year after having major hip surgery, Ray Emery defied odds by returning to the NHL with the Ducks. Five weeks after signing a two-way contract, Emery started his first game for the club on this night at Honda Center against the Blues.

He did not disappoint, stopping 30-of-31 shots (equaling the fewest goals allowed by a Ducks goaltender making his first Anaheim start) for the team in a 2-1 victory over St. Louis. Among those saves was this one with 57.1 seconds left in regulation, where Emery sprawled out in the crease to keep the Ducks up by one goal. The goaltender, who was vital in helping Anaheim deal with Jonas Hiller's injury, would later earn the NHL's Second Star of that week and be named a finalist for the Masterton Trophy.

All the Way Back from Significant Hip Injury, Emery Wins First Start with Ducks


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24. December 1, 2010 vs. Florida
George Parros, the goal-scorer. Known more for dropping the gloves and his trademark moustache, the Ducks enforcer tallied two goals for the first time in his career in this 5-3 home victory over Florida.

Big George put the Ducks on the scoreboard in the first period, blasting a puck in from one knee in the slot. Parros got the puck in that area again (this time at the other end of the ice in the second) and lit the lamp one more time, much to the delight of everyone in Honda Center. With more than half of the game still remaining, fans and this guy with 600-plus career goals hoped to see a hat trick, but it was not to be. Those would be the last goals of Parros' 2010-11 campaign. His career mark in that category now stands at 16.

By George: Parros Thrills Ducks Fans with First Career Multi-Goal Game


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25. March 26, 2011 at Chicago
A tense contest in late March between two playoff hopefuls went in favor of the Ducks, thanks once again to the heroics of Corey Perry.

Down 1-0 in the third period on the road at Chicago, Perry found the back of the net twice to propel Anaheim to a 2-1 victory. The right winger's first tally came 1:07 into the final period of play, as the RPG line each touched the puck during a 3-on-2 breakout. With 4:30 left in regulation, Perry struck again (again on assists from Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan) to seal the win. After winning a battle in the corner, Getzlaf just barely found Perry in the slot and he spun around to fire his second goal of the game into the net. Ducks TV play-by-play announcer John Ahlers' brilliantly captured the moment in saying, "Oh, Perry has done it again!"

Perry Pots Two Third-Period Goals to Lift the Ducks Past Chicago

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