The Ducks' dominance sent the Vancouver Canucks into a meltdown Wednesday, and worked the record-checkers into a frenzy.
Producing a franchise-best goals total — including a team-record six on the power play against a team that started the night as the NHL's best penalty killing unit — the Ducks routed Vancouver 9-1 at Honda Center.
“Did I see this coming? No,” Vancouver Coach John Tortorella said afterward. “There's no sense in dissecting it. The best thing we can do is get out of here.”
One game after committing 69 minutes of penalties in a 1-0 loss to the Kings Monday at Staples Center, Vancouver (24-15-9) committed 73 minutes' worth, with the Ducks scoring two late goals during a game-ending seven-minute two-man advantage featuring four Vancouver game misconducts.
SUMMARY: Ducks 9, Vancouver Canucks 1
“Five-on-three for seven minutes … it's tough not to get chances to score,” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Nick Bonino scored two power-play goals for the Ducks (36-8-5) and Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne also scored twice in the blowout that was the Ducks' 18th win in 19 games.
Only one other team in NHL history, the 1967-68 Stanley Cup-champion Montreal Canadiens, has ever done that.
The victory, with rookie Frederik Andersen in net for a flu-ailing Jonas Hiller, made the Ducks 20-0-2 at Honda Center. They are one of just four teams in the last 40 years to remain unbeaten in regulation at home after 22 games.
FOR THE RECORD:
Ducks’ power-play goals: An earlier version of this story said the Ducks established a team record with five power-play goals. Defenseman Sami Vatanen’s goal with 38 seconds remaining in the game was the Ducks’ sixth power-play goal.
“We simplified it,” Bonino said of the power-play strategy. “We just went to the net. The goals were right there, with good screens. … They had an off night, we played a good game and we're happy about it.
“But it's almost one of those games when you win or lose like this, you've got to put it behind you because you're not going to learn a lot. The third was kind of a writeoff with all the power plays.”
The Ducks are now headed to a Friday date at defending Stanley Cup-champion Chicago, followed the next night at St. Louis (32-8-5).
Hiller is three wins shy of tying Boston's Gilles Gilbert's NHL-record of 17 straight wins in 1975-76.
They Ducks have won eight consecutive games since their 10-game winning streak was snapped in San Jose Dec. 29.
This was a rematch of the Jan. 5 game, which the Canucks nearly won before when Bonino scored with 87 seconds left in regulation and the Ducks won in overtime. This time, the Ducks eliminated the drama quickly.
Andrew Cogliano's 16th goal came thanks to a turnover forced by teammate Jakob Silfverberg, who then skipped a pass to the forward who was alone against Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack and beat him to his right.
Cogliano now has seven goals in his last 11 games, moving within two of his seven-season career-high total with 33 games still remaining.
Silfverberg added a power-play goal that made it 6-0 with 4:31 left in the second.
At period's end, 11 of the Ducks' 18 skaters had at least one point and with 21 shots on goal, the team had converted a staggering 29% of its tries.
Before the Ducks unloaded, Vancouver had a success rate of nearly 90% on the penalty kill, stopping all but 15 of the 147 power plays they'd faced.