ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – Although Teemu Selanne has been playing in the NHL for more than two decades, he had never seen anything he could even compare to the goonery in the Anaheim Ducks’ latest victory.
The Vancouver Canucks’ third-period antics aside, the NHL also hasn’t seen much like these Ducks as they cut a swath through the league on their merciless winning streak.
Corey Perry had two goals and two assists, Selanne had two goals and an assist, and the steamrolling Ducks beat Vancouver 9-1 Wednesday night for their 18th victory in 19 games.
Nick Bonino also scored two goals for the NHL-leading Ducks, who earned their eighth consecutive victory by scoring a club-record six power-play goals against the NHL’s best penalty-killing team. Anaheim got those opportunities thanks to a wholesale collapse by the Canucks, who picked up 58 penalty minutes in the third period with several old-time-hockey attempts to start a brawl.
“What happened at the end, I haven’t really seen before,” said Selanne, who scored his 682nd career goal during the two-man advantage.
He added: “You don’t want to finish the game like that . . . but this is still a confidence boost for us. They’re a great team.”
Andrew Cogliano, Jakob Silfverberg and Sami Vatanen also scored, and Frederik Andersen made 31 saves as the Ducks joined the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens as the only teams in league history to win 18 times in a 19-game span.
Anaheim led 6-0 late in the second period, and the blowout got even uglier after the Ducks went up 7-1 in the third on Perry’s 27th goal.
Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau, who has seen countless minor-league shenanigans during a long hockey career, wasn’t overly upset with the Canucks’ bush-league behavior.
“There was a lot of frustration on their part,” Boudreau said. “They just started punching our guys. It wasn’t the brightest thing to do. . . .”
Penguins 4, Capitals 3
In Pittsburgh, Olli Maatta’s slap shot beat Michal Neuvirth with less than 2 minutes left.
Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 3 (SO)
In Toronto, Tyler Bozak scored the clinching goal in the third round of the shootout.