Friday, April 18, 2014
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Ducks savoring record-setting run

The Rangers´ Henrik Lundqvist makes a save as Michael Del Zotto fends off Detroit´s Mikael Samuelsson.
The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist makes a save as Michael Del Zotto fends off Detroit's Mikael Samuelsson. AP
By the time the Anaheim Ducks finished with them late Wednesday night, Vancouver had a humiliating 9-1 loss and four players in the dressing room after they tried to start fights out of pure frustration.

It's an awfully tough time to face the NHL's best team, as the beleaguered Canucks will attest once they recover from the thrashing. The Ducks reign atop the league at 36-8-5 after winning 18 of their last 19 games, including eight straight, during one of the most dominant runs in league history.

It's even tougher to visit Honda Center, where Anaheim has gone 20-0-2 with 10 straight wins to match the NHL's longest season-opening home points streak in 34 years.

"We know we've got a good team," Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "But we also know we can't stop proving it." Out in sunny Southern California, thousands of miles away from hockey's traditional spotlights, the Ducks have soared to the best start in their two-decade history - even better than in their Stanley Cup campaign in 2006-07. They've built a 13-point lead in the tough Pacific Division, and they even lead the defending champion Blackhawks by six points heading into their showdown in Chicago on Friday.

Rangers tip Wings

Mats Zuccarello broke up a scoreless duel between two Olympic goalies when he scored with 5:58 remaining, lifting the New York Rangers to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

Zuccarello floated a puck over Detroit's Jimmy Howard when he drove to the net, putting New York's 45th shot of the night into the net. That was enough for Henrik Lundqvist to earn his third shutout of the season and 48th in his NHL career.

Joe Pavelski, Matt Nieto and Joe Thornton scored and Alex Stalock made 24 saves for his first career shutout and the visiting San Jose Sharks topped the Florida Panthers, 3-0. Tim Thomas made 36 saves for the Panthers.

-Associated Press

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