No Place Like Home for Record-Challenging Ducks
The 2013-14 NHL season is more than three months old and the Anaheim Ducks are still unbeaten in regulation at Honda Center.
Anaheim returned home for a game against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday and with a 1-0 victory increased its lead atop the overall standings with 75 points (35-8-5). The Ducks have won nine straight games at Honda Center, and their 19-0-2 home record is the League's fifth-longest home points streak from the start of a season in 41 years.
The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers own the record of 26 straight.
"My save percentage and goals-against average isn't the best over this stretch, but it's the wins that count," said goalie Jonas Hiller, winner of a club-record 14 straight decisions after shutting out the Red Wings in a 22-save performance. "That's what keeps you happy. It's great to get a game with no goals against, but in the end, it's the win that I enjoy most."
|LONGEST HOME POINT STREAKS TO START NHL SEASON – SINCE 1973-74|
|New York Islanders||1978-79||23||19-0-4|
|San Jose Sharks||2008-09||22||20-0-2|
|Credit: Elias Sports Bureau|
The Ducks are the fifth team since 1973-74 to record at least one point in each of its first 20-plus home games in a season. Their 5-2 win against the Bruins last Tuesday also gave the Ducks their second eight-game home winning streak of the season. The last team to have two separate home winning streaks of eight or more games in the same season was the 2006-07 Calgary Flames, who won 10 straight from Nov. 7 to Dec. 12, 2006, and eight in a row from Jan. 4 to Feb. 3, 2007.
"It shows we can play with anybody," Ducks center Mathieu Perreault said. "Even when we play the better teams in the League, we're able to stand up and win games. It feels like we find ways to win games no matter what."
Not that the Ducks are slouches on the road. A 5-3 win at the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday made Anaheim the seventh team in NHL history to win 17 times in an 18-game stretch (17-1-0). The Ducks are 9-0-0 at Honda Center and 8-1-0 on the road during the run.
"It's great to be winning so many games," Hiller said. "It proves I play consistent and the team plays consistent over the last month and a half. I was a little worried tonight was going to be the night where something doesn't go right, but I'm really happy it worked out again."
Not surprisingly, there are a lot of smiles in the Ducks' dressing room these days.
"It can't get any better when you're winning like that," Perreault said. "Everyone has a smile on their face. It's fun to come to the rink every day. We've been enjoying ourselves quite a bit lately."
|DUCKS' HOME STREAK, GAME-BY-GAME|
|Oct. 10: DUCKS 6, Rangers 0
The Ducks opened their 20th season in Anaheim in grand style by routing the New York Rangers. Jakob Silfverberg scored twice and Jonas Hiller made 34 saves for his 17th NHL shutout.
|Oct. 13: DUCKS 4, Senators 1
The Ducks officially celebrated their 20th anniversary by setting a franchise record. Wearing the eggplant-and-teal jerseys of the Mighty Ducks, Anaheim fired 56 shots on goal to defeat the Ottawa Senators. Corey Perry scored twice and Hiller made 30 saves.
|Oct. 16: DUCKS 3, Flames 2
The Ducks moved to 5-1-0, the best start in franchise history, after Teemu Selanne scored the first goal of his 22nd season in the League. Selanne's 676th career goal provided the winning margin and increased the Ducks' home winning streak against the Calgary Flames to 17 games. Calgary hasn't won at Honda Center since Jan. 19, 2004.
|Oct. 18: DUCKS 3, Coyotes 2 (SO)
The Ducks earned their sixth straight win to continue the best start in franchise history by edging the Phoenix Coyotes. Nick Bonino's goal with 2:02 left in regulation tied the game and Silfverberg won it in the sixth round of the shootout. For the first time in their history, the Ducks began a season 4-0-0 at home.
|Oct. 20: DUCKS 6, Stars 3
Frederik Andersen made his NHL debut a winning one. After replacing Hiller at the start of the second period with the Ducks trailing 3-1, Andersen stopped all 24 shots he faced and Anaheim rallied to beat the Dallas Stars for their seventh straight victory, tying a club record.
|Nov. 6: DUCKS 5, Coyotes 2
The Ducks improved their record at Honda Center to 6-0-0, the only perfect home record in the League, by beating the Coyotes for the second time in less than three weeks. Defenseman Hampus Lindholm scored his first career goal and Perry broke a 2-2 tie with two seconds left in the second period to give Anaheim the lead for good.
|Nov. 8: DUCKS 6, Sabres 2
Captain Ryan Getzlaf scored three first-period goals for his first career hat trick to help the Ducks roll over the Buffalo Sabres. Getzlaf added an assist and linemate Dustin Penner had four points for Anaheim's seventh victory in eight games.
|Nov. 10: DUCKS 3, Canucks 1
The Ducks remained the League's only undefeated team on home ice, and the first to win their first eight home games since the 2010-11 Los Angeles Kings, by beating the Vancouver Canucks. Anaheim's 31 points in its first 19 games broke the club record of 30 set in the 2006-07 Stanley Cup season.
|Nov. 20: Devils 4, DUCKS 3 (OT)
The Ducks were 1:01 away from their ninth straight win at Honda Center before Jaromir Jagr scored to tie the game and force overtime. Travis Zajac got credit for the winning goal OT after the Ducks put the puck in their own net. Anaheim had to settle for one point but remained the only team unbeaten in regulation at home.
|Nov. 22: DUCKS 1, Lightning 0 (OT)
The Ducks ended a five-game winless streak in dramatic fashion when Getzlaf scored his fifth career overtime goal with 5.2 seconds left to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning.
|Nov. 29: DUCKS 5, Flames 2
The Ducks continued their dominance against the Flames at Honda Center. Penner scored two goals and Saku Koivu had two assists to give Anaheim its 18th straight win against the Flames on home ice -- its longest streak ever against any opponent.
|Dec. 3: Kings 3, DUCKS 2 (SO)
Martin Jones made his NHL debut by winning a nine-round shootout. Hiller made a season-high 49 saves to help extend the Ducks' Honda Center unbeaten run in regulation to 10-0-2. Anaheim became the third team since the debut of the shootout in 2005 to earn a point in its first 12 home games.
|Dec. 9: DUCKS 5, Islanders 2
The Ducks returned home after two big wins on the road and used a second-period burst to beat the New York Islanders. Perry scored two goals and Getzlaf extended his point streak to 12 games to improve Anaheim's record at Honda Center to 11-0-2.
|Dec. 11: DUCKS 2, Wild 1
Anaheim's surge continued with another home victory paced by its top stars. Perry scored in his seventh straight game, and Getzlaf extended his point streak to 13. Hiller made 23 saves to give the Ducks four wins in six days.
|Dec. 15: DUCKS 3, Oilers 2
Anaheim's victory against the Edmonton Oilers came with some help from a franchise icon. Selanne, who had not scored in 19 games, received a text from former teammate Paul Kariya, who told him to get into "the dirty areas" on the ice. Selanne ended what matched the longest goal drought of his two-decade career in the NHL with goal No. 679.
"He said, 'Just go to the net, and good things happen,'" Selanne said.
Penner scored the tie-breaking goal with 3:17 to play and Getzlaf extended his point streak to 14 games.
|Dec. 28: DUCKS 3, Coyotes 2 (OT)
The Ducks blew a two-goal lead in the final minutes of regulation against the Coyotes, but Saku Koivu scored his second goal of the game 51 seconds into overtime to extend the Ducks' franchise-record winning streak to 10 games. Anaheim moved to a League-best 28-7-5 and improved to 14-0-2 at Honda Center.
|Dec. 31: DUCKS 6, Sharks 3
The Ducks ended the best December in franchise history by beating the San Jose Sharks for their 11th victory in 12 games, getting a measure of revenge for a loss at San Jose two nights earlier. Getzlaf scored his 20th goal and chipped in with two assists as Anaheim improved to 15-0-2 at Honda Center.
|Jan. 3: DUCKS 5, Oilers 2
Ben Lovejoy's two first-period goals against led the Ducks to yet another home win and their 12th in 13 games overall. Hiller made 16 saves for his 10th straight victory.
|Jan. 5: DUCKS 4, Canucks 3 (OT)
The Ducks played catch-up all night against the Canucks before Perry scored his League-leading eighth game-winning goal with 1.3 seconds left in overtime. Anaheim became the third team to open a season with a home point streak of 19 or more games. The Ducks' record at Honda Center improved to 17-0-2 and the 31-8-5 start represented the best after 44 games in franchise history.
|Jan. 7: DUCKS 5, Bruins 2
Mathieu Perreault's two goals led the Ducks past the Boston Bruins for their 14th win in 15 games. In the process, Anaheim opened a nine-point lead over the Sharks in the Pacific Division and Hiller won his 12th straight game.
|Jan. 12: DUCKS 1, Red Wings 0
Hiller stopped all 22 shots he faced and Andrew Cogliano scored in the second period to lead Anaheim past the Detroit Red Wings for its 15th win in 16 games. Hiller won his 14th straight game to tie four others for the second-longest streak in NHL history, most-recently achieved by Tom Barrasso of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992-93.