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Previous Game: Ducks Score Team-Record 9 Goals in Rout of Canucks

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 2:14 AM / News
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Previous Game: Ducks Score Team-Record 9 Goals in Rout of Canucks
ANAHEIM \u2013 A Canucks team that gave the Ducks one of their biggest tests during this historic winning streak was no match tonight in a game that was nearly over before it started.
ANAHEIM – A Canucks team that gave the Ducks one of their biggest tests during this historic winning streak was no match tonight in a game that was nearly over before it started.

Anaheim erupted for a team-record nine goals (including a record six on the power play) on their way to a 9-1 whitewashing of Vancouver in front of another sellout crowd at Honda Center. It’s a building that continues to be good to the Ducks, who improved to 20-0-2 there, remaining the only NHL team to be undefeated in regulation at home.

"This is what we want," said Teemu Selanne, who had two goals tonight. "We want to make this a hard place to play. So far, so good. But now, let’s forget this game."

It was the second victory over Vancouver in 10 days for the Ducks, who just slipped past them with a late regulation goal and a very late overtime goal in a 4-3 win on January 5. This one was a polar opposite, as the Ducks scored two in the first period, tacked on four more in the second and three more in an antagonistic third (including a pair on a seven-minute power play). Corey Perry, Nick Bonino and Selanne each had two-goal games, as the Ducks had 13 players got on the scoresheet.

Meanwhile, the win once again came with some extra accolades:

- The Ducks join the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens as the only teams in NHL history to win 18-of-19 games. (The Canadiens went on to win 20-of-21 games from Jan. 6-Feb. 22, 1968.)*

* Elias Sports Bureau

- Anaheim became the fourth team in 40 NHL seasons (since 1973-74) to record points in each of their first 22+ home games of a season (20-0-2). The Ducks’ 22-game streak is also their longest home standings point streak in club history at any point during a season (previous best was 14 games).

- The Ducks scored five or more goals for the 15th time this season, a whopping 31 percent of their games

- With eight straight wins overall (longest active streak in the NHL), Anaheim now owns the two longest winning streaks in the NHL this season (also a 10-game streak from Dec. 6-Dec. 28).

The victory also increased Anaheim’s lead in the NHL standings, giving the Ducks a 36-8-5 record that’s six points better than second-place Chicago.

Almost lost in the scoring barrage was a fine night by Frederik Andersen, inserted in place of the hot Jonas Hiller, who was out with an illness. Andersen quietly saved 31 of 32 Canucks shots in the victory.

"You just approach every game and play. You have to prepare yourself and have a game plan," said Andrew Cogliano, who had the game's first goal. "And if you execute it, you have a good chance of winning. Tonight, we did that. Freddy made some good stops in the first period that kept us in the game. We were able to get a bunch of goals."

The Ducks did something they have been rarely doing during this winning surge – scoring first. About 4 1/2 minutes into the game, Cogliano put Anaheim on the board when he took in a nice feed from Jakob Silfverberg in the slot and lifted it over the shoulder of goalie Eddie Lack.

Later, with a little more than two minutes left in the period, the Ducks score the first of the seemingly countless power-play goals, as a Sami Vatanen shot from the left circle was tipped through by Selanne.

As good as that period was for Anaheim, the second was even better as the Ducks ran off four goals courtesy of Perry, Bonino (twice) and Silfverberg. Three of those were power-play goals, half as much as the Ducks would rack up for the game.

Remarkably, it was the first time the Canucks (ranked first in the NHL in penalty kill percentage entering tonight) allowed more than one power-play goal since November 30 vs. the Rangers.

Perry got things started four minutes into the second, one indication that it wasn’t Vancouver’s night. He threw the puck on net from deep in the corner and it deflected off Dan Hamhuis’ stick and under Lack.

Lack was sent to the bench for backup Joacim Eriksson, who didn’t fare much better in his NHL debut. Just two minutes after Perry’s goal, Bonino got his first of two in a row on the power play, picking up the puck in the slot, circling back toward the point and denting the net with a slap shot.

With about 5 1/2 minutes left in the period, Bonino struck again, taking a pass from Ryan Getzlaf in the bottom of the right wing circle and shuttling it home just before falling to the sheet.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 

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