ANAHEIM – Coaches make goalie changes when the current netminder isn’t effective, or sometimes just to shift the momentum in a game. The Ducks certainly made the strategy work in a 6-3 victory over the visiting Stars tonight at Honda Center.
After Anaheim finished the first period down 3-1 to Dallas, coach Bruce Boudreau inserted rookie Frederik Andersen to start the second period, the first NHL appearance of the 24-year-old Dane's career. That appeared to spark the Ducks, who scored five unanswered goals while Andersen was perfect with 24 saves as Anaheim rolled to its seventh straight victory.
"Everybody took more responsibilities, and we started doing the things we need to do to get better," said Teemu Selanne, who had Anaheim's first goal tonight. "It was a good character win, coming back from two goals. This team never stopped believing we could come back, even last year. That’s the one strength we have right now."
Dallas had a rookie of its own in net at the other end of the rink, as 21-year-old Jack Campbell (the 11th overall pick in the 2010 draft) got the first start of his career and had 41 saves in the loss.
The Ducks got to Campbell early on Selanne’s third goal in as many games, a welcome power play strike for a Ducks team that came into the contest 1 for 27 with the man advantage. It came when Ryan Getzlaf made a pinpoint feed from the corner to Selanne, who waited a beat before wristing it inside the right post.
"We needed our power play tonight, and we came through," said Getzlaf, who had a goal and four assists for his first four-point game since January 2012. "That’s a nice feeling for our group. We’ve been working in practice, working in games, and they weren’t going in. That was rewarding."
But Dallas came roaring back with three goals in that period from Ryan Garbutt, Brenden Dillon and Shawn Horcoff, to take a 3-1 advantage into the first break.
Anaheim didn’t take long to get back in it, as Corey Perry scored his first of two goals in the period just 54 second into the middle session. Getzlaf set this one up as well, controlling the puck near the left wing wall before zinging a pass into the slot to Perry, who redirected it home.
Perry got just enough of the puck to notch his second goal almost 12 minutes into the period, as Cam Fowler slung a shot from the point that barely touched Perry’s right sleeve before getting behind Campbell.
The Ducks re-took the lead with 1:05 left in the period as Andrew Cogliano fed in front to Emerson Etem, who redirected it just under the crossbar for his first goal of the year and first shorthanded marker of his career.
Anaheim had 23 shots on goal in the stanza, a franchise record for shots in the second period.
But it wasn’t all positive for the Ducks in that period, as Dustin Penner was knocked out of the game on a hard hit to the head from Garbutt, who was not penalized on the play. Penner lost consciousness briefly and was escorted to the dressing room. He was reported during the game to have regained full mobility and was walking on his own.
"It was tough seeing him groggy getting up," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "You always worry about your players when they’re knocked out, or close to being knocked out, but he seems fine."
Penner's replacement on the top line, Kyle Palmieri, helped Anaheim make it 5-3 about 4 1/2 minutes into the third. Palmieri chased down the puck on the left wing and fed Perry, who quickly backhanded a pass to Getzlaf for the top shelf wrister.
The Ducks went out in front by three goals with just under five minutes remaining in the game, as Etem’s shot from the point was deflected in by Mathieu Perreault.
The win completes a perfect 5-0 homestand for the Ducks, who now head out on the road for an eight-game trip.
"We were talking about it before the game," Selanne said. "Let’s finish the homestand strong. It’s going to carry on on the road. Getting a good start on the road is important, too, but finishing the homestand is always important."
Anaheim's seven-game winning streak matches the longest in club history (set once previously, Feb. 20 - Mar. 7, 1999). The seven-game streak is also the longest in the NHL this season and longest since Pittsburgh’s seven-game streak from Apr. 5-22, 2013.
The Ducks have won seven of their first eight games for the first time in club history, while the team's 14 standings points (7-1-0) match the most the club has had through eight contests (also 14 points in 2006-07, 6-0-2).
Tonight marks the first time in club history the Ducks have swept a homestand of five games or more. The other notable homestand sweeps:
Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 1995 (4-0-0)
Dec. 8-18, 2002 (4-0-0)
Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2005 (4-0-0)
Jan. 7-15, 2008 (4-0-0)
Before this season, the Ducks had never won more than two straight home games to start a season. The Ducks are now 5-0-0 at Honda Center, outscoring their opponents 21-8 through the first five games (not counting shootout goal on Oct. 18 vs. Phoenix). The five-game HOME winning streak is the club’s longest since a franchise-record 13-game streak from Jan. 26-Mar. 20, 2013.
With both Frederik Andersen and Jack Campbell making their NHL debuts this evening, it marks the first time two goaltenders have debuted in the same game since Oct. 12, 2005. In that contest, Montreal’s Yann Danis backstopped the Canadiens to a 2-0 shutout over Atlanta when Michael Garnett made his debut for the Thrashers.
Andersen recorded the win for the Ducks, stopping all 24 shots he faced after coming on in relief of Jonas Hiller at the start of the second period.
Anaheim’s 29 goals through the first eight games matches the club record (also 29 goals through eight in 2012-13).
Tonight’s 23 shots in the second period were the most for a middle frame in franchise history (previously 22, three times).
Teemu Selanne has a three-game goal streak (3-0=3), his longest goal streak since Mar. 20-24, 2011 (4-2=6). He is the first player age 43-or-older to score in three consecutive contests since Gordie Howe, who did so at age 51 (3/31/28) from Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 1979 (during his final NHL season). Selanne’s active five-game point streak (3-3=6) is his longest since Dec. 2-19, 2011 (3-10=13).
Ryan Getzlaf’s four points tonight (1-3=4) were the most since he earned four assists (0-4=4) on Jan. 13, 2012 at Edmonton. He co-leads the club with 3-6=9 points this season. Getzlaf has picked up 3-5=8 points with a +7 rating over the last five games.
Tonight marked Corey Perry’s second multi-goal game of the season. In addition, tonight marked his first three-point game (2-1=3) since Feb. 27, 2013 vs. Nashville (0-3=3). Perry co-leads the club (with Getzlaf) with 5-4=9 points on the season (leads in goals).
Emerson Etem scored his first career short-handed goal this evening (first goal of the season). In addition, tonight marked the third multiple-point game of his career (1-1=2).
The Ducks have scored 21 goals through the first five HOME contests, matching the most through five in club history (also 2005-06).
In addition, the Ducks have allowed eight goals through the first five HOME contests, tied for the fewest in club history (also 2007-08, not counting the Sept. 30, 2007 “home” contest in London).
Tonight’s attendance was 14,531.