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Ducks' walkover sets NHL record

AFP , VANCOUVER, CANADA

The Anaheim Ducks routed the Vancouver Canucks 6-0 on Thursday to set a NHL record in emphatic style.

Ryan Getzlaf scored two goals and rookie Shane O'Brien had a goal and two assists as the Ducks became the first NHL team to record at least a point in 16 straight games to open a season.

The old record was held by the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers, who who went 12-0-3 to start the season en route to winning their second-straight Stanley Cup.

"There's always a record for something," said Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer. "I really haven't been paying much attention to exactly what record that is. We're happy to come on the road and get a win."

The Ducks, who improved to 12-0-4, have lost one game in overtime and three games in shootouts this season. They are the NHL's only team without a defeat in regulation time.

"I think a few bounces went our way," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "Obviously, we feel good about our game, when you're able to build on some of the earlier successes we've had. The most gratifying point for us was probably that our young players made a major contribution."

Chris Kunitz, Samuel Pahlsson and Todd Marchant scored the other goals for Anaheim, while Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 20 saves to record his 23rd career shutout.

Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo, who surrendered three goals on only eight shots, was replaced early in the second period by Dany Sabourin, who finished with 15 saves.

In other NHL action it was:

* Toronto 6, Boston 4

* Carolina 5, Washington 0

* N.Y. Islanders 3, Philadelphia 1

* New Jersey 2, Chicago 1, SO

* Columbus 4, St. Louis 2

* Dallas 1, Phoenix 0

* San Jose 7, Los Angeles 3

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