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Behold the mighty Ducks: Anaheim soars to top of NHL standings with 18 wins in 19 games

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 6:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - By the time the Anaheim Ducks finished with them late Wednesday night, the Canucks had a humiliating 9-1 loss and four players in the dressing room after committing misconduct penalties out of frustration.

As beleaguered Vancouver can attest, it's an awfully tough time to face the Ducks. They reign atop the NHL at 36-8-5 after winning 18 of their last 19 games, including eight straight.

It's even tougher to visit Honda Center, where Anaheim has gone 20-0-2 to match the NHL's longest season-opening home points streak in 34 years.

With four quality scoring lines, a versatile defence and standout goaltending from Jonas Hiller, the Ducks have been the NHL's best team.

And every Anaheim player realizes it means nothing without the playoff success that has eluded them since 2007.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild