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Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf scored his first career hat trick and added an assist, all in the first period, as the League’s top team won their fourth straight game to remain a perfect 7-0-0 home. Getzlaf is just the second player in franchise history to score three goals in the opening frame (also Teemu Selanne on Nov. 10, 1997). The last Duck to record a hat trick in any one period was  Andrew Cogliano on Jan. 31, 2012 (second period). Getzlaf is the first player to score three goals in a period this season and his four-point performance was the 13th of his career. His four-point period is the fifth in club history and first since 2007.

Paul Kariya: Jan. 21, 1998 (first period) and Dec. 16, 1998 (second period)
Vinny Prospal: Jan. 23, 2004 (third period)
Teemu Selanne: Mar. 29, 2007 (third period)

*Dustin Penner also had a four-point night (1-3—4), his first since Dec. 11, 2009. He now has 1-7—8 on a five-game point streak since returning from injury.

*Teemu Selanne joined Nicklas Lidstrom and Jaromir Jagr has one of three European-born skaters (33rd overall) to play in 1,400 NHL games.

*Rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen made 25 saves to improve to 5-0-0 this season.

*The Ducks have now outscored their opponents 32-12 in seven home games this season.

The Avalanche bounced back from their second loss of the season to improve their record to 13-2-0, matching the best 15-game start in franchise history (also 1994-95). Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 30 saves to remain perfect this season (5-0-0). The 36-year-old netminder has a League-best .970 save-percentage and 1.00 goals-against average to go along with two shutouts (T-first).

Patrick Roy won his first coaching match-up versus his former head coach Bob Hartley, with whom he won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2000-01.

Bryan Little scored his first of two goals on the night and three other Jets tallied in the first period en route to a 5-0 victory. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Winnipeg’s four-goal first period was the team’s first since relocating from Atlanta and was highlighted by three goals in a span of 5:19 (Little, Olli Jokinen and Eric Tangradi), also the fastest since relocation. The franchise’s most recent four-goal first period came in a 6-3 Thrashers win on Mar. 4, 2010 (Elias). Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 41 saves for his 11th career shutout and his first since Mar. 1, 2012.

Three players -- Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf, Toronto's Phil Kessel and Winnipeg's Bryan Little -- reached double figures in goals Friday, raising the season total to nine. With those nine being chased by a pack of 25 scorers with seven through nine tallies, the race for the 2013-14 Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy could be among the most wide-open in years.

14 - Alexander Steen (STL)
13 - Steven Stamkos (TB), Alex Ovechkin (WSH)
11 - Matt Duchene (COL)
10 - Ryan Getzlaf (ANA), Corey Perry (ANA), Phil Kessel (TOR), Bryan Little (WPG), Jason Pominville (MIN)
7-9 - 25 players

Avalanche forward Matt Duchene scored his 11th goal of the season into an empty net with 1.9 seconds remaining to take sole possession of fourth in the goal-scoring race. Duchene has nine points (5-4—9) in his last six games… Flames forward Jiri Hudler recorded two assists and now has at least one point in all but three of Calgary’s games this season (6-13—19)… Predators goalie Marek Mazanec made 22 saves in relief of starter Carter Hutton in his first taste of NHL action. The 22-year-old Czech Republic native was Nashville’s sixth-round selection (179th overall) in 2012 and was a perfect 5-0-0 this season with Milwaukee, the team’s AHL affiliate... Flames defenseman Shane O'Brien played in his 500th NHL game… Center Jerred Smithson made his Maple Leafs debut after signing a contract Wednesday.

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