By Adam Brady
ANAHEIM – Corey Perry scored yet another goal and the Ducks won yet another game at home, this time holding off the visiting Wild, 2-1.
Perry scored in his seventh straight game and the Ducks remained the only NHL team undefeated in regulation at home, running their record to 12-0-2 at Honda Center. With a 22-7-5 record (49 points) overall, Anaheim remained second in the NHL standings, just behind the defending champion Blackhawks.
The Ducks had a handful of chances in the first but couldn’t convert, but they broke out for two goals in the second thanks to Grant and Perry.
The 24-year-old Grant, playing his second NHL game, got his second career goal on his second career shot 2:37 into the second period, slinging a wrist shot from the right wing that beat goalie Josh Harding inside the near post.
"I think [Harding] was cheating a little bit on the pass," Grant said. "I just happened to see that at the right time, and I just threw it on net. Good things happen when you throw it on net."
Later in the period, Perry was carrying the puck into the slot when he slammed violently into teammate Hampus Lindholm and left the ice in noticeable pain. He didn’t miss a shift, however, and Lindholm made it up to him with 6 1/2 minutes left in the period. The first-year defenseman one-timed the puck from the point off the end boards, where it caromed to Perry, who swept it over the stripe. It was a career-high seventh straight game with a goal for Perry, tops in the league this year. Ryan Getzlaf, who got the puck to Lindholm, earned a point in the 15th straight game he’s played.
"It was a great play by Getzy, driving wide," said Perry, whose 21 goals are tied for second in the NHL. "Hamper had a pretty good shot there and just missed the top corner. It came off the back wall and I just batted it out of the air."
Minnesota got within a goal early in the third period following a Ben Lovejoy boarding penalty, as Jason Pominville followed up his own rebound with a backhand inside the left post.
The Wild looked poised to tie it a little more than halfway through the third period, as Charlie Coyle made a nifty stop-and-go move on the breakaway, but Hiller stonewalled him beautifully. That turned out to be as close as Minnesota would come down the stretch as they dropped to 5-7-3 on the road and 18-10-5 overall.
"Other than their power-play goal, I didn’t think Saku [Koivu’s] line gave too much away, with Cam [Fowler] and Ben [Lovejoy]," said Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau. I think they only had three chances according to the stats after two periods, which is a pretty good defensive battle by us."
Anaheim will look to keep the string alive Sunday as they host the bottom-dwelling Oilers at Honda Center.
The Ducks improved their season record to 22-7-5 for 49 points, ranking second in the NHL behind only Chicago (51 points). The club has won four straight and picked up points in seven consecutive games (5-0-2, 12 points). Anaheim also has points in nine of their last 10 (7-1-2, 16 points).
The Ducks pushed their home record to 12-0-2, marking the club’s best home start in franchise history. Anaheim remains the only NHL club to remain undefeated in regulation this season. In addition, this marks just the second time since the implementation of the shootout (2005-06) that an NHL club has gone at least 14 games without a regulation loss at home to start a season (San Jose, 20-0-2 in 2008-09).
Corey Perry extended his goal streak to a career-high seven consecutive games (8-2=10), the longest streak in the NHL since Calgary’s Curtis Glencross scored in seven consecutive games from Feb.27-Mar. 11, 2012 (7 goals). Perry is now second among league leaders with 21 goals this season. He notched his sixth GWG this season, tied with linemate Ryan Getzlaf for the most in the NHL. In addition, Perry also has an active nine-game point streak, his longest since a 10-game streak from Mar. 19-26, 2011 (8-2=10).
Ryan Getzlaf extended his official point streak to 13 consecutive games (6-10=16), equaling the longest in the NHL this season (also STL’s Steen, Oct. 17-Nov.16). Including the two games he played prior to a three-game absence due to injury, Getzlaf has points in the last 15 games he has appeared in (10-12=22). While the 15-game streak is not an official point streak, this marks the first time since Dec. 22, 2007-Jan. 23, 2008 (15-game streak, 6-16=22) that he has points in 15 consecutive games that he has played in. Getzlaf’s 16-22=38 points this season rank tied for third in the NHL with Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin.
Alex Grant scored a goal for the second consecutive game (2-0=2).
Daniel Winnik now has a career-high three-game assist streak (0-5=5), which includes a career-best three-assist effort on Monday night vs. the Islanders.
In December, Jonas Hiller has gone 3-0-1, with a .949 SV% (130-of-137) and a 1.68 GAA (7 GA/250 MIN). At HOME, Hiller has gone 7-0-2 (one ND) with a 1.77 GAA (17 GA/577 MIN) and a .944 SV% (286-of-303).
Tonight marks Kyle Palmieri’s 100th career NHL game.
Andrew Cogliano now has a three-game point streak (2-2=4)
Tonight’s attendance was 15,252.