GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Kevin Bieksa leaned in to listen to teammate Cam Fowler’s lengthy answer to reporters about the Anaheim Ducks’ team record-tying 10th straight win and was unimpressed.
“What a boring answer!” Bieksa said, smirking.
Everything else surrounding the Ducks lately is quite entertaining.
Corey Perry had a goal and two assists, Jamie McGinn and Rickard Rakell scored on Anaheim’s first two shots, and the Ducks rolled along Thursday night with a 5-1 victory over the reeling Arizona Coyotes.
Fowler and Josh Manson also scored, and Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots as Anaheim stayed atop the Pacific Division.
Perry, who has five goals and three assists in three games, helped the Ducks match the 2013-14 team’s winning streak despite injured captain Ryan Getzlaf’s absence.
Not bad for a team that was 16 points back before embarking on a 17-1-1 stretch.
“Obviously, I’m proud of the group from where we’ve come to where we are now,” said Ryan Kesler, who had two assists. “We all believed in this room.”
Anthony Duclair scored, and Niklas Treutle allowed five goals on 16 shots in first NHL start for the Coyotes in their seventh straight loss.
Lightning 4, Senators 1
In Ottawa, Ben Bishop made 33 saves and Tampa Bay tied a franchise record with their eighth straight victory.
Penguins 4, Rangers 1
In Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist each scored in the final 2:13 of the second period, leading the hosts past New York.
Bruins 4, Blackhawks 2
In Boston, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist to help lead the Bruins over Chicago.
Oilers 4, Flyers 0
In Philadelphia, Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov, Patrick Maroon and Lauri Korpikoski all scored, and Cam Talbot made 35 saves to lead Edmonton to its third straight victory.
Sabres 6, Flames 3
In Buffalo, Johan Larsson scored the go-ahead goal with 9:31 left and Marcus Foligno had a goal and two assists in the Sabres’ win over Calgary.
Wild 2, Maple Leafs 1
In Toronto, Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund had power-play goals to lead Minnesota past the Maple Leafs.
Islanders 4, Jets 3 (OT)
In Winnipeg, Kyle Okposo scored off a quirky rebound 2:20 into overtime to lift New York over the Jets.
Devils 5, Predators 4 (OT)
In Nashville, Adam Henrique forced overtime with a goal, then scored 1:54 into the extra period on the power play as New Jersey snapped the Predators’ five-game winning streak.
Avalanche 3, Panthers 2
In Denver, Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist, Calvin Pickard made 24 of his 38 saves in the third period, and Colorado beat Florida.
Jaromir Jagr had an assist on Florida’s first goal to tie Gordie Howe for third in career points with 1,850.
Sharks 3, Canucks 2
In Vancouver, Patrick Marleau delivered the go-ahead goal in the third period and San Jose won its third straight.
Kings 3, Canadiens 2
In Los Angeles, Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson scored less than 3 minutes apart early in the first period and Dwight King scored on a breakaway in the third, leading the Kings over Montreal.