Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/05/13 at 10:13 AM ET
DUCKS, ANDERSEN CLOSE TRIP ON HIGH NOTE
Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to lead the Ducks to a 2-1 victory in the final contest of their season-long, eight-game road trip. Anaheim went 5-2-1 on the trip, including a 5-0-1 record in its last six games, to match the most wins during a single road trip in club history and move into first place in the NHL standings (12-3-1, 25 points). It marks the first time the Ducks have led the League standings through 16 games since 2006-07, when the team went 12-0-4 to start the season en route to winning the Stanley Cup.
Andersen improved to 4-0-0 with a 1.36 goals-against average and .952 save percentage in his first four NHL appearances, including a 3-0-0 record on the road trip. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is just the third active goaltender to post victories in each of his first four NHL games, joining Kari Lehtonen (for the Thrashers in March-April 2004) and teammate Viktor Fasth (January-February 2013).
LITTLE SURPASSES 2012-13 GOAL TOTAL
Jets forward Bryan Little scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season (16 GP), one more than he scored during the entire 2012-13 campaign (48 GP). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Little is the third player who scored at least five goals last season to already surpass that total in 2013-14. The others: Blues forward Alexander Steen, who recorded eight goals in 40 games last year and has 12 in 12 this season, and Islanders forward Frans Nielsen, who totaled six goals in 48 games last year and has eight in 14 this season.
The Rangers have allowed two or fewer goals in each of their last seven games, their longest stretch since an eight-game run from Dec. 31, 2009-Jan. 14, 2010 . . . Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made a season-high 43 saves . . . Ducks forward Corey Perry scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season. He also paced the club with four goals during its eight-game road trip . . . Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser potted a shorthanded goal for the first score of his NHL career . . . The Department of Player Safety fined Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy $2,213.68, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for clipping Rangers forward Derek Dorsett.
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