LOS ANGELES – The Anaheim Ducks’ midseason surge hit a new peak in the first period when Ryan Getzlaf scored an even-strength goal.
That’s normally not a big deal for a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a Stanley Cup champion, except Getzlaf hadn’t done it since last season.
“When you only get a few, every one feels good,” Getzlaf said.
With everyone making contributions to the Ducks these days, even the Los Angeles Kings can’t slow them down.
David Perron had a goal and two assists, and Getzlaf added a goal and his 500th career assist in Anaheim’s 4-2 victory in the Freeway Faceoff on Thursday.
Ryan Garbutt scored his second goal in two games and Hampus Lindholm added a power-play goal in the Ducks’ fifth straight victory and 12th in 16 games since Christmas, when Anaheim had the worst record in the Western Conference.
Getzlaf appears to be warming up after his painfully slow start to the season. While his first-period goal was just his fourth, the Ducks captain ended a 12-game goal drought with his first even-strength score since last April, a span of 16 playoff games and 48 regular-season games.
Capitals 3, Islanders 2
In Washington, Alex Ovechkin scored the winning goal in his return from a one-game suspension for skipping the All-Star Game, and the Capitals avoided a third straight loss by beating New York.
Panthers 6, Red Wings 3
In Sunrise, Florida, Vincent Trocheck scored twice and added an assist, and Jaromir Jagr had a goal and two assists in the Panthers’ victory over Detroit.
Jagr’s first assist of the night was his 1,100th in regular-season play, a milestone reached by only five other players — Wayne Gretzky, Ron Francis, Mark Messier, Ray Bourque and Paul Coffey.
Blue Jackets 2, Canucks 1 (SO)
In Vancouver, Alex Wennberg had the only goal in a shootout.
Blackhawks 5, Coyotes 4 (OT)
In Glendale, Arizona, Jonathan Toews scored his second goal of the night in overtime in his return from a one-game suspension.
Sharks 3, Blues 1
In St. Louis, Joonas Donskoi and Joe Thornton scored in the second period, Martin Jones made 26 saves and San Jose beat the Blues.
Bruins 3, Sabres 2 (SO)
In Buffalo, Ryan Spooner tallied in regulation and the shootout for Boston.
Rangers 4, Wild 2
In New York, Derick Brassard set up the tying goal and scored the game-winner early in the third period as the Broadaway Blueshirts rallied from a two-goal deficit.
Stars 4, Avalanche 3 (OT)
In Denver, John Klingberg scored 35 seconds into overtime, and Antti Niemi stopped a pivotal penalty shot in the third.
Maple Leafs 3, Devils 2 (SO)
In Toronto, P.A. Parenteau’s shootout goal lifted the Maple Leafs over New Jersey, giving coach Mike Babcock a reason to celebrate his 1,000th NHL game.
Oilers 7, Senators 2
In Ottawa, Jordan Eberle scored twice and added an assist to help Edmonton open its four-game road trip with a victory over the hosts.
Flyers 6, Predators 3
In Nashville, Wayne Simmonds had two goals and an assist, and Claude Giroux also scored twice for Philadelphia.