No. 1 – May 20, 2007 – Anaheim 2, Detroit 1 (OT)
Looking back, the Anaheim Ducks’ run to the 2007 Stanley Cup seems more like a stampede. The Minnesota Wild, Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators were trampled underfoot, no match for the skilled, physical and ruthless Ducks.
But before the Ducks could claim their prize, they faced several dramatic make-or-break moments in the ’07 post-season, none more significant than their showdown with the Red Wings in Game 5 of the West final at Joe Louis Arena.
Scott Niedermayer’s tying goal in the final minute of regulation and Teemu Selanne’s overtime winner will live in Ducks’ lore forever, two signature moments that cemented their reputations as superstars in a 2-1 win that gave Anaheim a 3-2 series lead.
There was more to the Ducks’ Game 5 victory, though. Anaheim was patient and poised and, ultimately, drove a stake through Detroit’s heart with a gritty display that typified their blue-collar style of play in 2006-07. Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere was under siege but unflappable in the second period, stopping all but Andreas Lilja’s laser from the perimeter as the Wings outshot the Ducks 15-3.
Niedermayer’s calm and Selanne’s precision enabled the Ducks to complete an unlikely rally and swing the momentum of the series in their favor. Selanne’s goal, “forehand, backhand, nothing but water bottle,” as NBC commentator Ed Olczyk said, couldn’t have happened without Andy McDonald’s aggressive forecheck that pressured Lilja into a turnover, setting up Selanne for the biggest goal in franchise history.
No. 2 – June 6, 2007 – Anaheim 6, Ottawa 2
No-holds-barred performance in Game 5 of 2007 Stanley Cup final resulted in franchise’s lone title. Travis Moen scores twice, including the winner.
No. 3 – May 5, 2017 – Anaheim 4, Edmonton 3 (2OT)
Ducks scored three times in final three minutes and Corey Perry wins it in double OT to complete the “Comeback on Katella.” Anaheim takes 3-2 series lead.
GREATEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF ALL-TIME
April 10, 2003 – Anaheim 2, Detroit 1 (3OT)
Giguere’s 63-save effort in Game 1 of the Mighty Ducks’ first-round series against reigning-champion Detroit in 2003 set the stage for an unlikely upset. From the start, Giguere played as if there was an invincible aura surrounding him. In the first OT, Detroit’s Luc Robitaille whipped a shot past Giguere and the Wings celebrated as if they had won. But Giguere knew the shot hit the post, and he skated from his crease, waving his arms to signal no goal. A video replay confirmed it, and the game continued, with Giguere denying Detroit until Paul Kariya won it in the third OT.