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Ducks top Vancouver 3-1 to extend five-game winning streak

Posted: November 10, 2013 10:29 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2013 10:29 p.m.

Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen (31) and center Daniel Winnik (34) defend as Vancouver Canucks right winger Alexandre Burrows moves in.

 

ANAHEIM (AP) — Rookie goalie Frederik Andersen won his sixth straight game to start his NHL career, making 35 saves in place of ailing Jonas Hiller, and the league-leading Anaheim Ducks extended their winning streak to five with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

Corey Perry had a goal and an assist, Nick Bonino got the go-ahead goal in the final minute of the second period and Andrew Cogliano added an empty-netter, helping Anaheim improve the NHL’s best record to 15-3-1 and the best home start in franchise history to 8-0.

The Ducks are the league’s only undefeated team on home ice, and the first to win their first eight home games since the 2010-11 Los Angeles Kings. Anaheim’s 31 points through its first 19 games eclipsed the previous club mark of 30 set in 2006-07, when the team won its only Stanley Cup title.

Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf, who had his first career hat trick Friday night in a 6-2 victory over Buffalo, was scratched for the first time this season because of an upper-body injury. Mathieu Perreault took his place on the team’s top line between Perry and Dustin Penner.

Andersen became the first Ducks goalie to win his first six NHL games. Viktor Fasth, who hasn’t played since Oct. 16 due to a lower-body injury, was 8-0 in his first nine appearances last season.

According to a Ducks spokesman, Hiller was under the weather — but available to play. He sat by the locker room watching the game at the end of the runway leading to the bench area.

Tom Sestito scored his first goal of the season for the Canucks, back at Honda Center for the first time since beating Anaheim 5-0 last January in the Ducks’ lockout-delayed home opener.

Eddie Lack made 20 saves in his fourth NHL start, all of them on the road — including overtime victories against Calgary and St. Louis. The 25-year-old rookie played the final 28 minutes of the Canucks’ 5-1 loss at Los Angeles on Saturday night, stopping 13 of 14 shots after Roberto Luongo was pulled from a game for the first time since April 3, 2012, against the Ducks.

The Ducks led 2-1 after two periods despite getting outshot 29-16. Bonino slammed his fifth goal into a wide-open net after Emerson Etem got the puck from Perry in the left circle and drew Lack out of the crease.

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