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Golden Knights defeat Ducks for ninth straight win

Stephenson scores two goals; Getzlaf leaves with upper-body injury

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

Stephenson buries 2nd on break

VGK@ANA: Stephenson scores on a breakaway for his 2nd

Chandler Stephenson skates in on a breakaway and whips the puck past John Gibson for his 2nd goal, giving the Golden Knights a 2-0 lead

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ANAHEIM -- Chandler Stephenson had two goals and an assist, and the Vegas Golden Knights set their record with a ninth straight win, 5-1 against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Saturday.

Shea Theodore had a goal and assist, and Robin Lehner made 23 saves for the Golden Knights (34-11-2), who matched the longest winning streak in the NHL this season; the New York Islanders won nine in a row from Feb. 28 to March 14.

"It's an impressive run," Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. "I don't care who you're playing to win nine in a row. We've done it all kinds of different ways."

Video: VGK@ANA: Steel finds puck in the crease and scores

Sam Steel scored, and John Gibson made 26 saves for the Ducks (14-27-7), who have lost four straight and eight in a row at home.

Anaheim lost seven of eight against Vegas this season.

"The last few games we played them, they're obviously a team that's hitting their stride right now and it's all at the right time," Ducks defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. "Top to bottom, they're playing championship-caliber hockey from the net out."

Center Ryan Getzlaf did not play after the first period because of an upper-body injury. Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins did not have an update on Getzlaf, the Ducks captain.

Video: VGK@ANA: Stephenson buries a one-timer in the slot

Stephenson gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead on a one-timer 28 seconds into the first period. It was Vegas' only shot on goal in the first 6:58.

Stephenson scored to make it 2-0 at 14:44 when Theodore stole the puck in his zone and made a stretch pass for a breakaway.

William Carrier scored off another Ducks turnover to make it 3-0 at 6:12 of the second period. Alex Pietrangelo stole the puck from Shattenkirk at Anaheim's blue line and brought it to the top of the right circle before centering a pass to Carrier for a one-timer.

"There were parts of the game where we did very good things, but we just kept giving them the puck back," Eakins said. "Our turnover rate tonight was high, and if you turn over a puck against a team like that, they will make you pay." 

Lehner's shutout streak ended at 154:02 when Steel scored on a rebound to make it 3-1 at 2:00 of the third period. William Karlsson scored off a rebound to make it 4-1 at 5:39.

"As a group, we're scoring up and down the lineup," Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. "That'll alleviate some of the pressure for the top guys."

Theodore scored on a one-timer from inside the right point at 7:17 for the 5-1 final.

"I feel like we have a lot of guys scoring right now, which helps," Theodore said. "I'm just trying to move the puck around and hopefully guys stay this hot."

NOTES: Vegas forward Tomas Nosek left in the first period, and forward Nicolas Roy did not play in the third. DeBoer did not have an update on either player. Nosek did not play at Anaheim on April 16 because of undisclosed injury. ... The Ducks have gone 22 straight home games without a win in regulation (3-16-3). … Golden Knights forward Reilly Smith missed his third straight game with an undisclosed injury sustained against the Ducks on April 18. ... Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson missed the game after he was injured during a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. ... Ducks forward Isac Lundestrom has returned to practice after having his appendix removed April 8, but he missed his eighth straight game.

Video: Stephenson has 3 points in a 5-1 win over the Ducks

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