LOS ANGELES – The Anaheim Ducks are back in a familiar spot — alone in first place in the Pacific Division for the first time this season after winning three straight division titles.
Two victories over the Los Angeles Kings six days apart helped them complete their remarkable comeback.
David Perron scored the go-ahead goal on a power play in the second period and the Ducks broke a franchise record with their 11th consecutive victory, beating their Southern California rivals 3-2 on Saturday.
“It’s always a good thing to set new records, but that’s not something we focus too much on during the season,” forward Jakob Silfverberg said. “We just try to win games. Obviously if you set a record, you’ve been doing something well.”
The Ducks trailed the Kings by as many as 16 points on the morning of Jan. 20. But since then, Anaheim has gone 18-1-1 and Los Angeles 9-9-1. The teams each have 18 games left, including one more matchup on April 7 at Los Angeles.
“I think they always believed,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I mean, we haven’t changed much from what we did last year. There were a couple of big meetings, and we converted our style just a little bit.”
The Ducks lead the season series 3-1 and have won 11 of the past 14 regular-season meetings overall — including a 4-2 victory last Sunday at Honda Center.
“This is a position we want to be in, but we’re not satisfied right now,” said forward Rickard Rakell, who got into his first fight in 154 career regular-season NHL games. “We just want to keep going and keep this momentum up.”
Lightning 4, Hurricanes 3 (OT)
In Tampa, Alex Killorn scored with 42.5 seconds left on the clock in overtime as the Lightning won a team-record ninth straight game.
Predators 5, Avalanche 2
In Denver, Mike Fisher broke a tie with 9:44 remaining in a four-goal third period, Pekka Rinne stopped 34 shots.
Flames 4, Penguins 2
In Pittsburgh, Mikael Backlund scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Lance Bouma added another in the third.
Wild 3, Sabres 2 (SO)
In Buffalo, Jason Pominville scored in the fourth round of the shootout.
Jets 4, Canadiens 2
In Winnipeg, Mark Scheifele’s first career hat trick lifted the Jets.
Capitals 2, Bruins 1 (OT)
In Boston, Matt Niskanen scored in overtime and backup Philipp Grubauer stopped 33 shots.
Senators 3, Maple Leafs 2
In Toronto, Zack Smith scored the go-ahead goal with 2:15 remaining.
Flyers 6, Blue Jackets 0
In Philadelphia, Radko Gudas scored one of his two goals from 91 feet and added two assists.
Coyotes 5, Panthers 1
In Glendale, Arizona, Alex Tanguay scored two goals and added an assist in his Coyotes debut.
Canucks 4, Sharks 2
In San Jose, Dan Hamhuis scored Vancouver’s third power-play goal midway through the third period.