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Ducks: Top 10 moments of 2010-11

April, 25, 2011
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10. Hiller’s heroics: Ducks goalkeeper Jonas Hiller stopped 39 shots Jan. 2 against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, including 19 in the third period, leading his team to a 2-1 victory at Honda Center. It was that type of performance the Ducks sorely missed during the postseason, as Hiller sat out all but three games following his first All-Star appearance with vertigo symptoms.

9. Fine debut: In his first NHL appearance, Kyle Palmieri notched the tying goal late in the third period Nov. 3 against visiting Tampa Bay, allowing Ryan Getzlaf to score in overtime and provide the Ducks a 3-2 victory that sparked a season-high six-game winning streak after a 4-7-1 start.

8. King-sized victory: The Kings stole all the headlines the first month of the season, getting off to a franchise-best 12-3 start, but entered their first meeting of the season against the Ducks having lost six of their last seven. Anaheim fans felt great pleasure watching Hiller stop 27 shots and shut out the Kings, 2-0, on Nov. 29, sending them spiraling back to Los Angeles.

7. Lubo makes history: Lubomir Visnovsky became the first defenseman in franchise history to record a hat trick on March 4. His final goal against visiting Dallas came with 3.8 seconds remaining in overtime and lifted the Ducks to a 4-3 victory. Teemu Selanne had tied the score for the Ducks with 1:03 remaining in regulation.

6. The Finnish(er): In a key game March 23 in Dallas, Selanne scored the tying goal with 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation, giving rookie defenseman Cam Fowler a chance to win it, 4-3, in overtime. Four times in the last two months of the regular season Selanne scored the tying goal in the final minutes of regulation and the Ducks won each in overtime, providing key points in their playoff drive. The Stars, meanwhile, missed the playoffs by two points.

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