AnaheimDucks.comThe 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 second-to-last installment - Nos. 6-10.
6. March 4, 2011 vs. Dallas
Anaheim has had its share of offensively gifted defensemen in its history. None, however, have scored as many goals as Lubomir Visnovsky
(18) did in 2010-11. None had ever recorded a hat trick either until the Slovakia native did so on this night
against Dallas, and it came in thrilling fashion.
Visnovsky opened the scoring on the evening, connecting
from the slot while the Ducks and Stars skated 4-on-4 in the first period. The second was all Dallas, which lit the lamp three times in the middle frame to take a two-goal lead.
The comeback began with Lubo ripping a slap shot
past Kari Lehtonen while on the power play in the third. With a little over one minute left in regulation, the Ducks emptied their net for the extra attacker and Teemu Selanne came through late again
to tie the game. Almost all of the five overtime minutes had eclipsed when Visnovsky struck again. With a 4-on-3 advantage, Ryan Getzlaf
cleanly won a faceoff and got the puck behind him to the Visnovsky, who soon let go of another booming shot
to win the game and finish off the hat trick (the second of his career) with 3.8 seconds left. For the Ducks, it was the second dramatic OT home victory in three nights (the other is in the Top 5). Lubo Caps off Comeback Win with Hat Trick/OT-Winner
7. March 19, 2011 at Los Angeles
Aiding the Ducks greatly in their playoff push was their dominance of the rival Kings down the final stretch. The first of three Freeway Face-Off games in the final three weeks of 2010-11 (all won by the Ducks) ended with a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory
, thanks to Corey Perry
Just past one minute of the extra session, Kings forward Anze Kopitar lost his balance and possession of the puck in the Anaheim zone. Rookie Cam Fowler
pounced on it and sent a stretch pass to Perry near center ice. The right wing, being chased by Drew Doughty, ripped a slap shot from the right circle that flew past goalie Jonathan Quick for the game-winner. It was Perry's first career overtime goal (his second would come the next night against Calgary) and his 37th of a career-high 50 goals on the season. Perry Pots First Career Overtime Goal to Beat Rival Kings at Staples
8. April 20, 2011 at Nashville
Looking to even the Western Conference Quarterfinals with the Predators and regain home-ice advantage, the Ducks put together their best game
of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 6-3 victory at Nashville in Game 4.
Anaheim started the game off strong by getting a 2-0 lead early, but that had disappeared by the start of the third period. The clubs were tied at 3-3 and the Predators seemed poised to jump on top by starting the final period on the power play. Hart Trophy finalist Corey Perry
had other plans. The dynamic right wing, who played a big role on the penalty kill throughout the season, took the puck away from Nashville at one end and scored shorthanded
on the other on a beauty of a backhand shot. Rookie Brandon McMillan
played a big role in the goal, leaving the puck for Perry and driving to the net (where Shea Weber followed). That tally deflated the Preds because Ryan Getzlaf
and McMillan each scored in the next 5:29 to put the game out of reach.Ducks Own Third Period in Game 4 Victory, Even Series at 2-29. March 28, 2011 vs. Colorado
The Finnish Flash once again defied his age in 2010-11 with a 30-goal, 80-point season (third-most in NHL history for a player 40 years or older). This night was particularly special during the campaign, as he recorded his 22nd career hat trick
and ninth career five-point game in a 5-4 home victory
In the heat of a playoff race, the Ducks started off slowly against the lowly Avalanche. Down 2-0 after one period of play, Selanne got things turning in Anaheim's favor with a penalty shot goal
(just the second of his career) 47 seconds into the second. Later in that period, he seized his own rebound at the right circle and scored for a second time
to give the Ducks the lead. Selanne corraled a rebound again in the third and backhanded his final tally
of the night past Avs netminder Brian Elliott for what proved to be the game-winner.Even at 40 Years Old, Teemu Selanne Can Still Collect a Hat Trick
10. April 22, 2011 vs. Nashville
Less than a minute into the third period of Game 5 against the Predators, Bobby Ryan
scored hands down the goal of the year
for the Ducks.
Tied 1-1 after 40 minutes, Ryan picked off a David Legwand pass in the Anaheim zone and raced down to the other end of the ice. When he got there, the Ducks winger twice faked out Legwand (the first causing him to lose his stick) on beautiful deke moves and avoided defenseman Shea Weber before beating goaltender Pekka RInne with a backhander. Right after scoring, Ryan jubilantly slammed his arms onto the glass and was mobbed by his teammates while the home fans roared in praise. The play routinely has been atop countdowns of the best plays from the NHL playoffs. This moment would most likely rank higher on this list had Anaheim not dropped the pivotal contest in stunning fashion, 4-3 in overtime
at Honda Center.Bobby Scores the Goal of the Year, But Ducks Drop Heartbreaker in Game 5Moments 11-15