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Ducks score six power-play goals in win vs. Canucks

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM - If the Chicago Blackhawks want to use the Anaheim Ducks as a measuring stick, they're going to need a long roll of tape.

Anaheim certainly couldn't be accused of looking ahead in the schedule after it ran the Vancouver Canucks right out of Honda Center with a blistering second period on its way to a 9-1 win Wednesday night.

The Ducks destroyed any thoughts of having their home-winning streak snapped with a four-goal second period that ushered the Ducks into elite territory and set up a marquee game Friday at Chicago (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, RDS).

"It will definitely show us where we're at," forward Andrew Cogliano said. "I feel like we're going pretty good now, but they're a team at home that's really tough to beat, and that building is pretty cool to play in. I think that's going to be a really fun game, a really exciting game and I think it's something we can build off of if we get a big win."

Anaheim joined the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens (18-1-0) as the only teams in NHL history to win 18 of 19 games. The Ducks have yet to lose in regulation at home this season (20-0-2) and tied the 2008-09 San Jose Sharks (20-0-2) for the third-longest home point streak from the start of a season in NHL history.

The Ducks have not outwardly allowed themselves to appreciate this pace, and coach Bruce Boudreau didn't veer from course when asked about the records.

"I try not to pay attention to that," Boudreau said. "I really don't, because it gets in your head. We're just trying to win games. You win enough games and then you look up and you go, 'Holy cripes, we got that many points. That's pretty good.' We wanted to make sure that nobody heads get swelled. You take it for what it was: an unfortunate game by Vancouver and I'm sure that they're next opponent is going to pay for that."

Thirteen players had a point and eight enjoyed a multiple-point night, led by Nick Bonino's second career multigoal game. Teemu Selanne scored his 681st and 682nd career goals to delight the home crowd. Corey Perry delivered the topper when he scored with one hand as he curled to the front of the net at 10:54 of the third.

Anaheim set franchise records for most goals in a game and most power-play goals with six, against the NHL's top-ranked penalty-killing unit. The last two game after the Canucks gave Anaheim a 5-on-3 advantage for 7:00 when Tom Sestito and Jannik Hansen were called for instigating fights with 7:11 remaining. Vancouver took two more minor penalties in the final minutes, and the Ducks finished 6-for-11 on the power play.

"I've had a lot of disappointing losses," Henrik Sedin said. "This is up there. But again, it was not a 9-1 game. It's wasn't a 6-1 game. They had eight minutes of 5-on-3. They're going to score when they get that. That's what happened."

Vancouver tried to bully the physical Los Angeles Kings in its previous game when it gave L.A. a seven-minute power play. This morphed into something that coach John Tortorella didn't want to talk about.

"There's no sense of me dissecting it for you guys on anything," Tortorella said.

"It does me no good. It does the players no good to discuss anything that happened here. The biggest thing for us is we need to get out of here and get ready for our next game."

The Ducks didn't even have No. 1 goalie Jonas Hiller, who missed a shot at his 15th straight win because of the flu. Frederik Andersen started and improved to 11-2-0 in a 31-save performance.

Perry started the second-period onslaught with a sharp-angled shot that hit the stick of Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis and slipped past Canucks goalie Eddie Lack at 3:58 for Perry's 26th goal. At that point, Lack was pulled for rookie Joacim Eriksson, who was making his NHL debut. The first shot he faced was Bonino's slapper that made its way through traffic and into the net at 6:00 to make it 4-0.

Tortorella called timeout shortly after, but the Canucks couldn't stop the bleeding and gave Anaheim a two-man advantage on Ryan Kesler's offensive-zone holding penalty on Hampus Lindholm with Chris Tanev already in the box.

Bonino scored on a one-timer at 14:34 and Jakob Silfverberg punched in a rebound at 15:29 for Anaheim's fourth power-play goal. He also broke in for a late shorthanded breakaway that seemed to sum up a period in which Anaheim seemingly won every puck battle.

"It's never a great feeling being on the wrong side of a 9-1 game," Hamhuis said. "We played a pretty solid first period and played in a way that gave ourselves a chance to win. They got an early goal in the second period - kind of a lucky break off my stick - and their power play kind of put the game away for him, and the game got away from us from there."

Cogliano opened the scoring 4:27 into the game and Selanne gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead when he got his stick on Sami Vatanen's one-timer on the power play at 17:45. Selanne scored in the third and has three goals in three games after he had a 28-game spell with one goal earlier this season.

Boudreau said he doesn't want to "ever intentionally embarrass another team" although it was hard to overlook Bonino firing away for a hat trick in the closing minutes.

"We didn't want to finish the game like that," Selanne said. "I know there were a couple of guys who had a chance to get a hat trick, but it's almost embarrassing to even try. But, what are you going to say? It's a good thing we won. But we can't really get too high about this one."

Vancouver is 0-3-0 against Anaheim this season and 1-7-3 against the California teams in its first season in the newly aligned Pacific Division.

Zack Kassian spoiled the shutout when he put in David Booth's rebound at the goal line at 19:57 of the second period after Booth drove to the net.

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