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Ducks continue recent mastery of Flames

NHL News & Notes for Wednesday

by NHL Public Relations @NHL / NHL.com

Theodore scores Ducks' fifth goal

CGY@ANA: Cogliano sets up Theodore in front

3/30/16: Andrew Cogliano passes to Shea Theodore, who then chips a backhanded shot from a tough angle in the net for the Ducks' fifth goal

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DUCKS SCORE EIGHT TO EQUAL NHL RECORD AND REGAIN DIVISION LEAD
The Anaheim Ducks scored a season-high for goals, including the opening goal 57 seconds into the game by Corey Perry (1-0-1), en route to their third consecutive victory, 8-3 against the Calgary Flames.

* At 43-23-10 (96 points), the Ducks passed the idle Los Angeles Kings (45-26-5, 95 points) into first place in the Pacific Division. Los Angeles leads in ROW (LAK: 43, ANA: 40), but Anaheim owns a 3-1-0 advantage in the head-to-head season series (ANA: 3-1-0, LAK: 1-3-0), with the final game scheduled for April 7 at STAPLES Center.

* The Ducks earned their 23rd consecutive regular-season home win against the Flames dating to April 4, 2004 (CGY: 0-18-5) to match the longest such streak versus one opponent in NHL history. Anaheim equaled the mark set by the Philadelphia Flyers against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Spectrum in Philadelphia from Feb. 17, 1980 - Jan. 29, 1987.

* Anaheim scored at least eight goals in a game for the fourth time in franchise history and first time since Jan. 15, 2014 when the Ducks established a franchise record with nine goals against the Canucks. Via the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the first time in franchise history seven different players scored in one game.

* The Ducks had 15 of 18 skaters record at least one point, including all 12 forwards and five players with multiple points: Ryan Kesler (1-3-4), Jakob Silfverberg (2-0-2), Ryan Getzlaf (0-2-2) and Andrew Cogliano (0-2-2). Kesler matched and established career highs for assists and points in a game, respectively.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS
Home Team in Caps

Ottawa 2, WINNIPEG 1
PHILADELPHIA 2, Washington 1 (SO)
ANAHEIM 8, Calgary 3

FLYERS DEFEAT LEAGUE-LEADING CAPITALS TO GAIN GROUND IN PLAYOFF RACE
Brayden Schenn tied the game with 5:28 remaining in regulation and the Flyers scored twice in the shootout to defeat the League-leading Washington Capitals 2-1 and improve to 12-3-2 in their past 17 games.

* At 38-25-13 (89 points), the Flyers moved two points ahead of the idle Detroit Red Wings (38-28-11, 87 points) for the final wild card spot into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The teams close their season series on April 6 at Joe Louis Arena (PHI: 2-0-0, DET: 0-1-1).

* Schenn, who has 11-14-25 in his past 24 games, reached 25 goals for the first time to help the Flyers improve to 8-2-0 in their past 10 games against the Capitals at Wells Fargo Center dating to March 22, 2012 (WSH: 2-4-4).

* Steven Mason made 29 saves through overtime and made a desperation glove save in the shootout to improve to 8-2-2 in his past 12 games (1.88 goals-against average, .933 save percentage, one shutout).

Video: WSH@PHI: Schenn lights the lamp on the power play

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin scored his 519th NHL goal to move past Dale Hawerchuk (518) into sole possession of 35th place in NHL history. He paces the League with 44 goals this season.

* Flames forward Hunter Shinkaruk, the 24th pick by VAN in the 2013 NHL Draft, scored his first career goal (3 GP).

* Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds (600) and goaltender Steve Mason (400) played in milestone games.

LOOSE PUCKS
Ottawa Senators forward Alex Chiasson scored his seventh career game-winning goal (and first since March 23, 2015 vs. SJS ), less than two minutes after the Winnipeg Jets tied the game, to help the Senators to a 2-1 win that halted a three-game skid (0-2-1) . . . Flames captain Mark Giordano (1-1-2) became the fifth defenseman in franchise history, and first since 2005-06 (Dion Phaneuf: 20 G in 82 GP), to score 20 goals in a season . . . Jets forward Mark Scheifele scored to extend his point streak to five games (3-4-7) . . . Teammate Blake Wheeler notched the primary assist to push his point streak to six games (2-5-7) and match a career high for points in a season (20-49-69 in 77 GP) . . . Ducks forward Corey Perry scored to extend his point streak to five games (3-2-5) . . . ICYMI: Justin Bieber donned an Arizona Coyotes jersey on stage during his concert at Gila River Arena . . . The Department of Player Safety suspended Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen for two games for interference against San Jose Sharks defenseman Roman Polak . . . ICYMI: GoPro released the latest video in its NHL After Dark series, featuring Flyers forward Claude Giroux . . . The Ducks honored forward Shawn Horcoff, who recently played in his 1,000th NHL game.

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