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Duck and cover: Anaheim drops team-record 9 goals on Vancouver


James OBrien

The Anaheim Ducks decided it wasn’t enough just to make bigger picture history on Wednesday. They did special things in the moment, itself, as they set a franchise record for goals in a single game by absolutely bombarding the Vancouver Canucks 9-1 tonight.

The larger picture is something else as well, though. They’ve now won 18 of their last 19 games, matching a run that only the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens managed to pull off, according to the OC Register’s Eric Stephens.

The Ducks did so with Ryan Getzlaf returning to the lineup and Jonas Hiller giving way to Frederik Andersen. To little surprise, they chased Eddie Lack from the net and didn’t ease up on Joacim Eriksson, firing a ridiculous 23 shots on goal in the third period despite carrying a 6-1 lead into the final frame.

PHT will stay tuned for interesting/angry/devastated comments from the Canucks, but the team’s Twitter feed itself provided some sardonic highlights. Here are a few for you viewing pleasure:

Jason Garrison to the penalty box, which is now just the #Canucks bench. Only Torts is on the actual bench. #lonely

— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) January 16, 2014

#Canucks lead the Ducks in face-offs won, 36-for-71, 51 per cent. #moralvictory?

— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) January 16, 2014

#Canucks lose to the Ducks. No score needed. Wasn’t pretty. On to the next one.

— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) January 16, 2014

What a night. Thanks for following along, mom - since I know you’re the only one left. #DJout

— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) January 16, 2014

Yup, it was that kind of night for Vancouver and it’s been that sort of surge for the Ducks.

The Ducks ready themselves for some tough tests as they face the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday, but those are road games, so that 20-0-2 regulation mark will remain spotless even if their eight-game winning streak ends.

At this point, it seems foolish to question anything about this run or the team that’s putting it together.


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