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by Paul on 11/07/13 at 11:43 AM ET
DUCKS RETURN HOME, REMAIN PERFECT
The Ducks picked up a victory in their first game at home following a season-long, eight-game road trip (5-2-1). Anaheim improved to 6-0-0 at Honda Center, its most consecutive home wins to start a season in franchise history. The team’s longest home winning streak (at any point) came last season, when they won 13 straight from Jan. 26-March 20.
More about Anaheim’s hot start:
* The Ducks (13-3-1) lead the NHL with 27 points, one shy of the club record through 17 games set in 2006-07 (12-1-4, 28 points).
* Forward Corey Perry scored his League-leading fourth game-winning goal of the season and 10th overall. With the goal, he passed Paul Kariya for sole possession of second place on the franchise’s all-time game-winners list (45). Perry leads the NHL with 26 game-winning goals since the start of the 2010-11 season, two ahead of the Lightning’s Steven Stamkos. He has posted 5-3—8, including three game-winners, and a +7 rating over his past seven contests.
* Captain Ryan Getzlaf recorded 1-1—2, his fifth multi-point game of the season. Getzlaf has 4-5—9 and a +7 rating in the team’s last seven games. He leads Anaheim, and ranks ninth in the NHL, with 7-11—18 in 17 games this season.
* Rookie defenseman Hampus Lindholm scored his first NHL goal, added an assist and finished with a +2 rating. He leads all rookies, and is tied for second in the League, with a +13 rating in 15 games this season. The sixth overall selection in the 2012 NHL Draft, Lindholm is the seventh defenseman age 19 or younger to score his first NHL goal in 2013-14: Minnesota’s Matt Dumba, Nashville’s Seth Jones, Pittsburgh’s Olli Maatta, Buffalo’s Rasmus Ristolainen, Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba and Buffalo’s Nikita Zadorov.
* Forward Dustin Penner recorded a +2 rating and leads the League with a +15 rating in 10 games this season. Anaheim improved to 9-0-1 with him in the lineup.
WILSON POWERS PREDS
Colin Wilson tied a career high with four points (2-2—4), including the game-winning goal, to help the Predators hand the Avalanche their second loss of the season. Wilson’s only other four-point game came on March 8, when he totaled 2-2—4 in 6-0 victory over the Oilers. The 24-year-old native of Greenwich, Conn., ranks third on the Predators with 3-6—9 in 15 games this season.
Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews each scored to help the Blackhawks pick up their second victory over the Jets in the past five days. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, each player has recorded more than 150 goals in their seven seasons as teammates, but Wednesday marked only the 12th time all three have scored in the same regular-season game. The trio did so four times during the 2010-11 season, but has accomplished that feat only four times since.
RANGERS CLOSE HOMESTAND ON HIGH NOTE
Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves and five different Rangers scored to help the team close its four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 record. The Rangers have won five of their past seven contests after opening the season with a 2-6-0 record. They also have held their opponents to two or fewer goals in eight consecutive contests, their longest stretch since Dec. 31, 2009-Jan. 14, 2010 (also eight games).
DUCHENE STAYS HOT
Avalanche forward Matt Duchene scored his 10th goal of the season, tied for fourth in the League, and added two assists for his second three-point performance of 2013-14 (also 2-1—3 vs. Hurricanes Oct. 25). Duchene has 4-4—8 over his past five contests and leads the Avalanche with 10-7—17 in 14 games this season, including five multi-point efforts.
KANE LEADS JERSEY SALES FOR OCTOBER
Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane had the top-selling player jersey on shop.NHL.com, the official online store of the NHL operated by e-commerce provider Fanatics, for the month of October. Teammate Jonathan Toews, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk and Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas rounded out the top five.
Despite the loss, the Avalanche (12-2-0, 24 points) tied the franchise mark for the best start to a season through 14 games (set by the 1994-95 Nordiques) . . . Penguins forward Chris Kunitz recorded an assist to push his point streak to five games (4-1—5) . . . Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith collected two helpers and has 0-6—6 during a five-game assist/point streak . . . Coyotes captain Shane Doan scored his fifth goal in the past seven games; he opened the season with one goal in his first nine contests . . . Jets forward Michael Frolik, a member of Chicago’s Stanley Cup-winning team in 2012-13, received a standing ovation from the crowd in his return to United Center . . . Penguins defenseman Paul Martin skated in his 600th career game . . . Jets forward Devin Setoguchi played in his 400th NHL game, scoring the team’s lone goal (the 119th of his career) . . . Penguins forward Dustin Jeffrey skated in his 100th career game
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