DUCKS MATCH NHL RECORD IN WIN OVER FLAMES
The Ducks scored a season-high eight goals to pick up their third consecutive victory overall and extend their regular-season home winning streak against the Flames to 23 games dating to April 4, 2004.
The Ducks matched the longest regular-season home winning streak against one opponent in NHL history. The Flyers are the only other team to post such a run, defeating the Penguins 23 straight times on home ice from Feb. 17, 1980 – Jan. 29, 1987.
The Ducks notched eight or more goals in one game for the fourth time in franchise history and first time since Jan. 15, 2014, when they set a franchise record with nine goals vs. VAN (9-1 W).
Via Elias, seven different Ducks players scored in the same game for the first time in franchise history. Jakob Silfverberg (2-0—2) was the only player with a multi-goal performance, the seventh of his career (257 GP) and third in his past nine outings (9-2—11).
Fifteen of the Ducks’ 18 skaters registered at least one point. Ryan Kesler led all players with 1-3—4, matching and establishing career highs for assists and points in one game, respectively.
With the victory, the Ducks leapfrogged the idle Kings for first place in the Pacific Division, where the top three clubs are separated by just four points.
Flames captain Mark Giordano (1-1—2) became the fifth defenseman in franchise history to reach the 20-goal milestone and first to do so since 2005-06 (Dion Phaneuf: 20).
Ducks forward Corey Perry (3-2—5) extended his point streak to five games. The Ducks honored forward Shawn Horcoff for playing in his 1,000th NHL game on March 24 at TOR.
FLYERS CONTINUE SURGE WITH VICTORY AGAINST CAPITALS
Steve Mason made 29 saves, plus a dazzling stop in the shootout, to guide the Flyers past the League-leading Capitals and to a 12-3-2 record in their last 17 games.
At 38-25-13 (89 points), the Flyers moved two points ahead of the idle Red Wings (38-28-11, 87 points) for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. These teams will meet one more time this season: next Wednesday, April 6, at Joe Louis Arena (PHI: 2-0-0, DET: 0-1-1).
Mason, who played in his 400th NHL game, improved to 8-2-2 in his 12 March appearances (1.88 GAA, .933 SV%, 1 SO).
TODAY’S CLINCHING SCENARIOS
- The Rangers will clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Hurricanes in regulation or overtime.
- The Predators will clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Penguins in any fashion.
RANGERS ATTEMPT TO CLINCH
The Rangers (43-24-9, 95 points) attempt to clinch their sixth consecutive playoff berth when they visit the Hurricanes (33-28-16, 82 points) at PNC Arena. This game marks the return of former captain Eric Staal to Carolina. Staal, the second overall selection by the Hurricanes in the 2003 NHL Draft, ranks second in franchise history in goals (322), assists (453) and points (775) as well as third in games played (909). He also led the team with 9-19—28 during its run to the 2005-06 Stanley Cup.
“You don’t really know how you’re going to react or feel or what your emotions will be until you really experience it,” Staal said. “It’s going to be a lot of different, unique emotions just in general because of being there for so long, playing in that building as the home team. I’m not sure what I’ll be feeling, to be honest.”
THURSDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)
Toronto @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., TSN4, MSG-B, BELL TV
Columbus @ NY Islanders, 7:00 p.m., FS-O, MSG+
Nashville @ Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, SNO, SNP, SNW, TVAS, FS-TN, ROOT
NY Rangers @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., MSG, FS-CR
Montreal @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., SNE, RDS, SUN
New Jersey @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., MSG+ 2, FS-F
Ottawa @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., TSN5, RDS2, FS-N, FS-WI
Arizona @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., FS-A, FS-SW
Calgary @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., SNW, FS-W
Vancouver @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., SNP, CSN-CA
WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)
Ottawa 2, WINNIPEG 1
PHILADELPHIA 2, Washington 1 (SO)
ANAHEIM 8, Calgary 3
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services