|ANA||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||6|
|VAN||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
The Anaheim Ducks will look to make history Thursday when they visit the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place.
By earning a point against the Canucks, the Ducks (11-0-4) can set the NHL record for most consecutive games without a regulation loss to start a season. They tied the mark set by the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers - who started 12-0-3 - in Monday's 3-2 overtime win over Pittsburgh.
Those Oilers, who went on to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup that season, played at a time when a point was awarded for a tie, not for losses in overtime, a rule established in 1999, or a shootout - which wasn't introduced until last season.
The Ducks have lost one game in overtime and three in shootouts.
Anaheim players contend they do not think about the streak when the hit the ice because they don't consider themselves perfect.
"The games that we lost in overtime or a shootout, they feel like losses," right wing Teemu Selanne said. "I mean, we got the one point out of those games, but we weren't really happy about it because we knew there were two points available. And I think that maybe the reason for this streak is that we really considered those games as losses - and then we bounced back. That's a good sign."
Salanne scored a power-play goal 44 seconds into overtime Monday to give the Ducks their second straight win and eighth in the last 10. The veteran has goals in three consecutive games and shares the team lead for points (14) with defensemen Scott Nidermayer and Chris Pronger.
Anaheim is tied for fourth in the league with 51 goals and is second in power-play goals (18) and power-play percentage (22.8). The Ducks also have not allowed a power-play goal in the last two games, and they have yet to concede a short-handed goal.
"We have to be commended for the work ethic that we put in night in and night out," coach Randy Carlyle said. "We're not perfect by any means. There are flaws we have to correct, period to period and game to game. But overall, our work ethic has been strong, and it's the strongest trait of our group."
The Ducks are 4-0-1 on the road, losing 3-2 in a shootout Oct. 27 at Minnesota.
Vancouver (8-7-1) snapped a three-game losing streak Monday with a 2-1 win over Dallas. It was the fourth game in a row the Canucks were held to two goals.
Taylor Pyatt scored the game-winner on a rebound on the power play with 44.7 seconds to play. Pyatt had been stopped earlier in the game by Dallas goaltender Mike Smith, but redeemed himself late to score his seventh goal, tying him for the team lead with Markus Naslund.
"It's been like that the last few games. We've had some really good opportunities and lots of shots on net and we just haven't been able to score," Pyatt said. "But we knew that Dallas was a team that doesn't give up a lot and we had to be patient and not let ourselves get frustrated. We had some really good opportunities and their goalie made some good saves, but we kept it going."
The Canucks could get defenseman Sami Salo back for Thursday's game. Salo, who has 10 points, has missed the last two games with a knee injury.
Anaheim has won four straight games at Vancouver and the last three overall between the teams.
|Mar 11 '07||VAN 2 at ANA 4|
|Feb 20 '07||VAN 3 at ANA 2 - OT|
|Nov 30 '06||ANA 2 at VAN 1|
|Nov 09 '06||ANA 6 at VAN 0|
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