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Top 25 Moments: 16-20

A look back at the top memories from the 2011-12 Anaheim Ducks season

Tuesday, 05.1.2012 / 11:21 AM PT / News
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Top 25 Moments: 16-20
By Matt Vevoda

The 2011-12 season was one the Ducks ultimately looked at with disappointment. Anaheim finished the season with a 34-36-12 record (80 points, 13th in the Western Conference) and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for just the second time in the last seven campaigns. But there were some postives along the way. Under the guidance of new head coach Bruce Boudreau, the club had the fifth-best record in the West with 54 points (24-15-6) from Jan. 1 to the end of the season, and there were a number of highlights throughout the year. AnaheimDucks.com will count down the top 25 moments from past season in the coming weeks. Here is the second installment: 16-20.

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16. February 26, 2012
Back home from their longest, uninterrupted road trip in franchise history, the Ducks were greeted by a regular season record crowd of 17,601 at Honda Center. They were sent home happy, as Anaheim dominated the Blackhawks much of the night and prevailed for a 3-1 victory to stay hot.

A 1-1 game after the first 20 minutes of play, Sheldon Brookbank wristed in the eventual game-winner at the 12:31 mark of the middle period. It was the second goal in the last five games for the defenseman, who had gone 167 games without one prior to that timeframe. A guy with a little more scoring on his resume, Teemu Selanne, put the game out of reach with a power play goal early in the third.

Record Crowd Sees Ducks Return Home with Win

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17. January 22, 2012
After a difficult first three months of the 2011-12 campaign, the Ducks started to come around in January. Anaheim enjoyed its hottest stretch during that first month on the 2012 calendar, with a season-high five-game win streak and nine consecutive games with at least one point.

The final game of the streak was a 3-2 home victory over Colorado, in which Jonas Hiller stopped a season-high 43 shots and prevailed over his former teammate J.S. Giguere. Bobby Ryan used his previous knowledge of the goalie to score not one, but two breakaway goals. He even had a third breakaway chance, though that was denied. In all, Anaheim outscored its opponents 20-7 during the win streak.

January Roll: Ducks Win Season-High Fifth Straight

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18. January 31, 2012
After playing his first four seasons in the league with Edmonton, Andrew Cogliano was acquired by the Ducks in July 2011. He once again played in all 82 games during his first year in Anaheim, running his current iron man streak to 410 straight games played. The 24-year-old also enjoyed his best game yet in the NHL with his first career hat trick in a 4-1 victory at Phoenix.

It took a span of just 6:51 (second-fastest hat trick in Ducks history) in the second period for Cogliano to net all three of his goals, leaving the crowd at Jobing.com Arena stunned. The third goal and final goal came on a simple backhand attempt after he raced past the Coyotes d-men.

Cogliano Lights Up Phoenix for First Career Hat Trick

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19. March 5, 2012
Through his five-year career thus far, Bobby Ryan has had no shortage of amazing goals. There is the spin-o-rama for the hat trick, the penalty shot OT-winner and the amazing playoff one against the Predators among others. He added to that collection during a 4-2 win over Edmonton.

Early in the third period with the score even at 1-1, Teemu Selanne fed Ryan with an outlet pass and the winger was off to the races on a breakaway. As he closed in on the goal, former Duck Ryan Whitney made a last-ditch effort to trip him up. Ryan avoided it, moved the puck to his backhand and took flight for a brief moment before scoring a brilliant goal on Nikolai Khabibulin.

Bobby Adds to Highlight Reel, This Time by Flying

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20. January 26-29, 2012
Proving he has staying power among the NHL's elite players, Corey Perry followed up his Hart Trophy-winning season by being named an All-Star for the third time in his career in 2011-12.

The right winger began his All-Star weekend at Ottawa by being selected to play for Team Chara in the sixth round of the Fantasy Draft. On Saturday, he nearly won the Breakaway Challenge with this mini-stick goal (he finished second to Patrick Kane). In the big game, Perry played on a forward line with Evgeni Malkin and Jarome Iginla. He potted his first career All-Star goal and added an assist (both in the third period) to help Team Chara to a 12-9 victory in the game.

Perry Stands Out at 59th NHL All-Star Game

Previous Top Moments of 2011-12
Moments 21-25




1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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