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by Paul on 01/13/14 at 12:01 PM ET
HILLER, DUCKS FLY TOGETHER
The League-leading Ducks improved to 35-8-5 (75 points), their best record ever through the first 48 games of a season (previously, 2006-07: 30-10-8, 68 points).
* According to STATS LLC, the Ducks are the fifth team in NHL history to win 17 or more games over an 18-game span, joining the 1967-68 Canadiens, 1981-82 Islanders, 1992-93 Penguins and 2009-10 Capitals, who also were coached by Bruce Boudreau.
* The Ducks are the fifth team in the past 40 NHL seasons to record points in each of their first 21 or more home games of a season:
LONGEST HOME POINT STREAKS TO START A SEASON, SINCE 1973-74
1979-80 Flyers: 26† (19-0-7)
1978-79 Islanders: 23 (19-0-4)
2008-09 Sharks: 22 (20-0-2)
2013-14 Ducks: 21 (19-0-2)
1973-74 Bruins: 21 (19-0-2)
† NHL record
* The Ducks also recorded their seventh consecutive victory overall, their third such stretch this season (Oct. 5-20: 7-0-0, Dec. 6-28: 10-0-0). The last team to post three separate winning streaks of seven or more games in a single season was the 2007-08 Red Wings.
* Hiller extended his club-record and career-best winning streak to 14 games, tied for the second-longest single-season stretch in NHL history:
CONSECUTIVE WINNING DECISIONS, SINGLE SEASON (Elias Sports Bureau)
Gilles Gilbert (BOS): 17 – Dec. 26, 1975-Feb. 29, 1976
Jonas Hiller (ANA): 14 – Dec. 6, 2013-present
Tom Barrasso (PIT): 14 – March 9-April 9, 1993
Don Beaupre (MIN): 14 – Feb. 6-March 19, 1986
Ross Brooks (BOS): 14 – Oct. 31, 1973-Feb. 28, 1974
Tiny Thompson (BOS): 14 – Dec. 3, 1929-Jan. 9, 1930
ISLANDERS CONTINUE TO FIGHT BACK
The Islanders won their seventh consecutive road game, with the team overcoming at least a one-goal deficit in each of the last five. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Islanders are just the sixth team in NHL history to win five straight road games despite trailing in each contest, joining the 1929-30 Bruins, 1995-96 Whalers, 2006-07 Lightning, 2008-09 Penguins and 2011-12 Avalanche.
Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves to record his first NHL shutout . . . Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa celebrated his 35th birthday by posting 1-1—2 . . . Rangers forward Rick Nash scored the game-winning goal for the second straight game . . . Blackhawks teammates Patrick Sharp (3-5—8) and Jonathan Toews (2-5—7) each extended their point streaks to six games . . . Rangers forward Brad Richards collected an assist to stretch his point streak to five games (2-5—7) . . . Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier recorded his 500th career assist . . . Ducks forward Mathieu Perreault played in his 200th NHL game.
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Calgary @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., SNET-W, FS-CR
Tampa Bay @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., RDS, SUN, FS-O
Phoenix @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m., FS-A PLUS, TSN-JETS
Vancouver @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., SNET-P, FS-W
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