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Top 40 Moments: 31-35

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
By Matt Vevoda

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. will count down the top 40 moments from the season in the coming weeks. Here is the second installment - Nos. 31-35.

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31. November 12, 2010 vs. Dallas
To begin the second month of the season, there may not have been a hotter team in the NHL than the Anaheim Ducks. The club reeled off a season-high six straight victories (one short of the longest win streak in franchise history) once the calender flipped to November. The final game of that run was this 4-2 victory over Pacific Division rival Dallas.

Tied at 1-1 after both the first and second period, the third was owned by the Ducks. Ryan Getzlaf scored on a beautiful behind-the-back pass from Corey Perry 1:53 into the final period to put Anaheim ahead. Bobby Ryan then scored two goals (seen here and here) to put the finishing touches on a 4-2 Ducks victory over the Stars at Honda Center, where five of the six wins during the streak took place.

Season-High Sixth Straight Win comes with Defeat of Stars

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32. October 13, 2010 vs. Vancouver
Anaheim began 2010-11 with a 0-3-0 record, getting outscored 13-2 in those games (all on the road). The Ducks were eager to turn the page in their home opener against the Canucks (the eventual Presidents' Trophy winners).

Ryan Getzlaf put Anaheim on the scoreboard first, whipping in a shot on the power play 2:41 into regulation. Vancouver would come back to twice take one-goal leads in the contest, including a 3-2 cushion in the third period. But the Ducks would not be outdone, as Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan each scored (both on feeds from Getzlaf, who finished with four points on the night) in a span of 1:18 to put the club on top 4-3. They would stave off the Canucks the rest of the way for victory No. 1 on the year.

First Win of Season Comes in Home Opener at Honda Center

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33. January 12, 2011 vs. St. Louis
This game featured one of the busier periods of Ducks hockey for statisticians. In the final 20 minutes of a 7-4 Anaheim victory over the Blues, fans at Honda Center witnessed Bobby Ryan complete his first home hat trick, four fights (three in a span of 18 seconds) and six combined goals between the clubs.

Ryan's first two goals came in a three-goal first (Jason Blake also scored) for the Ducks. David Backes then answered with two goals of his own to bring St. Louis within one. Just 30 seconds into the final period, Ryan got his third on a tip-in. It was the winger's third career hat trick (others came at Los Angeles in 2008-09 and at Phoenix earlier in 2010-11). Corey Perry, Lubomir Visnovsky and Brandon McMillan would add goals later to make it a season-high seven for the Ducks.

Busy Third Period Features a Flurry of Fights and Bobby's First Home Hat Trick

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34. December 20, 2010 at Boston
In the Ducks' only nationally televised game of the 2010-11 campaign, Jonas Hiller showed the rest of the country what those in Anaheim had already known for some time - he is one heck of a goaltender.

The Swiss netminder, who would later be named to the All-Star  Game, put together arguably his best performance of the year with 45 saves (tied for his season high) in a 3-0 victory at Boston. It was Hiller's second of a career-high five shutouts on the season. Anaheim's goals came courtesy of Brandon McMillan, Lubomir Visnovsky and Corey Perry. That was Perry 's third career shorthanded goal, with his first also coming in Boston one year previously. He would finish 2010-11 with four shorthanded goals, a new single-season club record.

Hiller Dominates in Front of Nationally Televised Audience

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35. November 5, 2010 vs. Pittsburgh
There was no shortage of star power on the ice in this contest. On one side, Anaheim boosted Getzlaf, Perry, Ryan and Selanne. The Penguins combated that with Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz and Letang. The end result was a close 3-2 victory for the Ducks before a sellout crowd at Honda Center.

Just five minutes into the game, team captains and former Team Canada teammates Getzlaf and Crosby traded shoves and some words with each other to set the tone for the night. In the second period, Anaheim broke out for three goals in a span of 6:51 to take a good-sized lead. But Crosby single-handedly put the Pens back in it with two goals, the second coming 3:48 into the third. The Ducks kept Pittsburgh at bay the rest of the way for their first back-to-back victories of the 2010-11 season.

Ducks Hold Off Crosby, Penguins in Exciting Home Battle

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