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Top 40 Moments: 26-30

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 will count down the top 40 moments from the season in the coming weeks. Here is the third installment - Nos. 26-30.

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26. March 30, 2011 at Calgary
No other goaltender in the history of the Ducks franchise has begun his tenure with the club as well as Ray Emery. By stopping 23 shots in a big 4-2 Ducks win at Calgary, Emery recorded his sixth straight victory between the pipes since signing with the club on Feb. 7. That streak would fall one win shy of the overall club record for consecutive wins held by Guy Hebert (Feb. 25-March 22, 1996).

The final game of Emery's perfect run helped strengthen Anaheim's playoff position (temporarily moving the club from seventh to sixth in the Western Conference standings) while also significantly hurting the postseason hopes of the Flames (keeping them in ninth place). Clinging to a one-goal lead for much of the third period, Corey Perry sealed the victory by beating Mark Giordano to the puck and slinging it into an empty net.

Emery Wins Again, Begins Ducks Career with 6-0-0 Record


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27. November 27, 2010 at Phoenix
Right after winning a season-high six straight games to begin November, the Ducks went on a season-long six-game losing streak. The club was in desperate need of a win by the time it reached Phoenix. Things weren't looking good midway through the game, with the Coyotes up 3-1. Enter Bobby Ryan.

The dynamic forward catapulted Anaheim to a 6-4 victory with his second career hat trick (his first  came at Los Angeles on Jan. 8., 2009). The first two of his tallies (here and here) came in a span of 3:16 of the second to tie the game. He displayed great hands once again on a backhand-forehand move for his third strike against former Duck goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. Just 1:36 previous to that, Brandon McMillan put Anaheim in front for good with his first career goal.

Behind Ryan's Hat Trick and McMillan's First Goal, Ducks Snap Losing Streak


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28. January 7, 2011 vs. Columbus
Six times the Ducks celebrated goals on this night, while Columbus was held off the scoresheet completely. The 6-0 rout was the largest margin of victory at Honda Center since Dec. 20, 1996 (7-0 win vs. Calgary) and the first win of six goals or more anywhere since Nov. 9, 2006 (at Vancouver).

Teemu Selanne initiated the scoring barrage with power play goals to start both the first and second periods. Sandwiched between Matt Beleskey's blast and Brandon McMillan's shorthanded goal, Bobby Ryan found the back of the net twice (here and here) in span of 6:29 of the third. Jonas Hiller stopped all 27 shots fired by the Blue Jackets for his third shutout of the season. He would post his fourth two nights later against San Jose, en route to a career-high scorless streak of 178:34.

Ducks Trounce Columbus in Dominant Home Performance


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29. February 5, 2011 at Colorado
In a performance proving just how much he meant to the Ducks in 2010-11, Corey Perry carried the team to a 3-0 win at Colorado by accounting for each of the goals in the afternoon affair.

With his linemate Ryan Getzlaf still out of the lineup with nasal fractures, Perry tallied his second career hat trick in the first of four games against the Avalanche during the year (all won by Anaheim). He completed the feat by depositing the puck into an empty net with 17.3 seconds left in regulation. Former Anaheim netminder Curtis McElhinney, who played at nearby Colorado College, recorded 25 saves for his second career shutout. He did so in a relief start for All-Star Jonas Hiller, who began feeling the effects of vertigo in the team's previous contest.

All You Need is Perry; All-Star Winger Scores Each of the Goals in a Shutout Victory


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30. February 9, 2011 at Vancouver
Playing in Vancouver was not the easiest thing to do for teams in the NHL in 2010-11. The Canucks, the league's best home team, had not lost in regulation at Rogers Arena in two months (a span of 15 games) entering this night. That fact did not intimidate the Ducks, who beat the odds for a 4-3 victory.

Ryan Getzlaf, back in the lineup after missing 14 games with sinus fractures, made his presence felt with a pretty no-look pass to Bobby Ryan in the second period to put Anaheim up 3-0. The Canucks would pull within one in the third,  before Ryan scored again on the eventual game-winning goal. In a deja vu moment, Vancouver's Ryan Kesler made things interesting by scoring with 21 seconds remaining. But unlike the Dec. 8 matchup there (when Kesler tied the game with 22 seconds left), the Ducks would hold on for the victory.

Ducks Snap Vancouver's Win Streak, Become First Road Team in Two Months to Win in Regulation at Rogers Arena

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