Corey Perry had two goals and two assists, Teemu Selanne had two goals and an assist, and the relentless Anaheim Ducks beat the Vancouver Canucks 9-1 on Wednesday night for their 18th victory in 19 games.
Nick Bonino scored also two goals for the NHL-leading Ducks, who earned their eighth consecutive victory by scoring a club-record six power-play goals in the highest-scoring performance in the franchise’s two-decade history.
Andrew Cogliano, Jakob Silfverberg and Sami Vatanen also scored, and Frederik Andersen made 31 saves as Anaheim joined the 1967-1968 Montreal Canadiens as the only teams in league history to win 18 times in a 19-game span.
Zack Kassian scored for the Canucks, who picked up 58 penalty minutes in the third period of their seventh loss in eight games.
PENGUINS 4, CAPITALS 3
In Pittsburgh, Olli Maatta’s slap shot beat Michal Neuvirth with less than two minutes remaining to rally Pittsburgh for the victory against Washington.
Maatta’s fourth goal of the season gave Pittsburgh their only lead as the Penguins won their 13th straight home game, a club record.
Jussi Jokinen, Taylor Pyatt and Kris Letang also scored for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots to pick up his NHL-leading 27th victory.
Alexander Ovechkin’s 34th goal of the season gave Washington a 3-2 lead midway through the third period, but the Capitals collapsed over the final 10 minutes. Brooks Laich and Jason Chimera also scored for Washington, which lost for the seventh time in nine games. Neuvirth made 33 stops, but did not see Maatta’s blast from the point with 1 minute, 54 left.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, SABRES 3, SO
In Toronto, Tyler Bozak scored the clinching goal in the third round of the shootout and Toronto won their third straight by beating Buffalo.
James van Riemsdyk, Joffrey Lupul and Bozak scored in the shootout for Toronto.
Matt Moulson scored in the first round for Buffalo, but James Reimer stopped Cody Hodgson after Lupul tallied in the second, setting up Bozak’s winner.
Phil Kessel, Nikolai Kulemin and Morgan Rielly scored in regulation for the Leafs, while Matt Ellis, Moulson and Hodgson had goals for the Sabres.
Toronto earned their league-leading ninth shootout victory in their 13th shootout.
Reimer stopped 27 shots in regulation and overtime, while US Olympic goaltender Ryan Miller made 36 saves for the Sabres.