ANAHEIM, Calif. — Rookie goalie Frederik Andersen won his sixth straight game to start his NHL career, making 35 saves in place of ailing Jonas Hiller, and the league-leading Anaheim Ducks extended their winning streak to five with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.
Corey Perry had a goal and an assist, Nick Bonino got the go-ahead goal in the final minute of the second period and Andrew Cogliano added an empty-netter, helping Anaheim improve the NHL’s best record to 15-3-1 and the best home start in franchise history to 8-0.
The Ducks are the league’s only undefeated team on home ice, and the first to win their first eight home games since the 2010-11 Los Angeles Kings. Anaheim’s 31 points through its first 19 games eclipsed the previous club mark of 30 set in 2006-07, when the team won its only Stanley Cup title.
Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf, who had his first career hat trick Friday night in a 6-2 victory over Buffalo, was scratched for the first time this season because of an upper-body injury. Mathieu Perreault took his place on the team’s top line between Perry and Dustin Penner.
Andersen became the first Ducks goalie to win his first six NHL games. Viktor Fasth, who hasn’t played since Oct. 16 due to a lower-body injury, was 8-0 in his first nine appearances last season.
According to a Ducks spokesman, Hiller was under the weather — but available to play. He sat by the locker room watching the game at the end of the runway leading to the bench area.
Tom Sestito scored his first goal of the season for the Canucks, back at Honda Center for the first time since beating Anaheim 5-0 last January in the Ducks’ lockout-delayed home opener.
Also on Sunday:
Avalanche 4, Capitals 1: DENVER — Semyon Varlamov stopped 33 shots and Nick Holden scored his first NHL goal to break a second-period tie, lifting soaring Colorado to a win over Washington. Patrick Bordeleau, P.A. Parenteau and Gabriel Landeskog also added goals for the Avalanche, who are off to a franchise-best 14-2 start under new coach Patrick Roy.
Blackhawks 5, Oilers 4: CHICAGO — Marcus Kruger scored the tiebreaking goal with 8:16 left in the third period, Duncan Keith added a power-play goal 1:55 later and Chicago beat Edmonton for its third straight victory. Kruger was alone at the edge of the crease when he took a pass from Ben Smith off the boards, turned and wrapped the puck past Devan Dubnyk to put Chicago ahead 4-3.
Devils 5, Predators 0: NEWARK, N.J. — Jaromir Jagr scored 90 seconds into the game to become the eighth player in NHL history to reach 1,700 career points, Martin Brodeur got his 123rd career shutout, and New Jersey beat Nashville. Brodeur stopped 15 shots to improve to 4-3-2 this season with his 673rd career victory.
Rangers 4, Panthers 3: NEW YORK — Brad Richards snapped a tie in the opening minute of the third period, and surging New York handed Florida its ninth straight loss. Richards snapped a shot past goalie Tim Thomas 46 seconds in, and punched the glass in celebration of his first goal in nine games. New York then held on for its third consecutive win and sixth in seven games.
Canadiens 4, Islanders 2: MONTREAL — Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller each had a goal and two assists, and Montreal ended a four-game losing streak with a victory over New York. Their linemate, Brendan Gallagher, and Michael Bournival also scored to help Canadiens coach Michel Therrien earn his 250th NHL win.
Jets 5, Sharks 4: WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Andrew Ladd scored the tying goal with 1:43 remaining in regulation and then delivered the shootout winner to lift Winnipeg over San Jose. Michael Frolik, Dustin Byfulgien and Grant Clitsome also scored for the Jets. Ladd had the lone goal in the tiebreaker.