Duck Hunt: Anaheim seeking seventh straight win tonight

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The red-hot Anaheim Ducks are looking to match their longest win streak of the season Friday night when they take on the Devils at Prudential.

The Ducks, winners in each of their last six games, will aim for a seventh straight win for the second time this season — back in early October, the club ripped off seven wins in a row (which included a perfect 5-0 homestand).

If this latest streak has shown anything, though, it’s Anaheim’s ability to perform well on the road.

The Ducks have won games in Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit during the streak and have three more away games before they return to Anaheim — tonight in New Jersey, Saturday on Long Island and Monday in Washington.

Anaheim will have captain Ryan Getzlaf available for tonight’s affair. Getzlaf was questionable after being shaken up on a Kyle Quincey hit in the Detroit game Tuesday, but has been cleared to play.

Couple other Ducks notes to pass your way…

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: