Ducks win 10th straight despite Getzlaf’s absence


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Kevin Bieksa leaned in to listen to teammate Cam Fowler‘s lengthy answer to reporters about the Anaheim Ducks’ team record-tying 10th straight win and was unimpressed.

“What a boring answer!” Bieksa said, smirking.

Everything else surrounding the Ducks lately is quite entertaining.

Corey Perry had a goal and two assists, Jamie McGinn and Rickard Rakell scored on Anaheim’s first two shots, and the Ducks rolled along Thursday night with a 5-1 victory over the reeling Arizona Coyotes.

Fowler and Josh Manson also scored, and Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots as Anaheim stayed atop the Pacific Division.

Perry, who has five goals and three assists in three games, helped the Ducks match the 2013-14 team’s winning streak despite injured captain Ryan Getzlaf‘s absence.

Not bad for a team that was 16 points back before embarking on a 17-1-1 stretch.

“Obviously, I’m proud of the group from where we’ve come to where we are now,” said Ryan Kesler, who had two assists. “We all believed in this room.”

Anthony Duclair scored, and Niklas Treutle allowed five goals on 16 shots in first NHL start for the Coyotes in their seventh straight loss.

McGinn collected Treutle’s mishandled puck behind the net and jammed in his second goal in two games since being acquired from Buffalo.

Rakell’s one-timer on the power play 46 seconds later made it 2-0 less than 6 minutes in.

“It’s tough when you’re playing one of the best teams in the league and you’re chasing from the beginning,” Treutle said.

Asked why he started Treutle against the NHL’s hottest team, Arizona coach Dave Tippett said “I had no choice” because Louis Domingue had started 11 straight games.

“I’ll take the responsibility,” Tippett said. “We put a young player in a position he’s not ready for.”

Fowler’s slap shot on the power play early in the second period made it 3-0, allowing Anaheim to look forward to Saturday’s showdown with Los Angeles for the Pacific Division lead.

The Ducks went 3 for 7 on the power play and have scored with the man-advantage in every game during the win streak.

“Our power play has been ridiculous,” coach Bruce Boudreau said.

McGinn, who also assisted on Manson’s goal, gives the Ducks even more offense. Perry, meanwhile, reached 49 points with his goal late in the second period that chased Treutle.

Duclair’s 17th goal in the second period, a one-timer on the power play, is Arizona’s only score in two games.

It was the Coyotes’ first home game since they traded third-leading scorer Mikkel Boedker to Colorado at the end of an 0-5 trip. Veteran Alex Tanguay, acquired from the Avalanche, didn’t dress with an injury despite practicing the day before.

Treutle, who made four saves in his only other NHL game Feb. 20 against St. Louis, replaced the struggling Domingue. And he was overwhelmed with nerves early.

The 24-year-old also earned a penalty for sending a clearance into the stands before recording his first save.

“He was probably a little rattled,” Boudreau said.

Domingue stopped five shots in the third period.

The Coyotes fell to 5-15-2 since Jan. 14 to fall 10 points behind Minnesota for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Getzlaf was a late scratch with a lower-body injury, but Anaheim looked sharp despite traveling after a home shootout win over a Montreal a night earlier.

“We’re winning hockey games in a variety of ways,” Fowler said. “I think we’re showing a lot about ourselves.”

NOTES: Boudreau was hopeful Getzlaf will play Saturday. … Fowler served as Anaheim alternate captain. … Duclair has six goals in five games against Anaheim. … Arizona played the traditional rookie trick on Treutle, letting him skate onto the ice alone in warmups. … Coyotes D Zbynek Michalek (lower-body) was scratched. … Arizona’s Jarred Tinordi and Anaheim’s Nick Ritchie had a lengthy brawl in a fight-filled third period.

Canucks’ Ilya Mikheyev to have season-ending knee surgery

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Canucks right wing Ilya Mikheyev is set to have season-ending surgery on his left knee.

Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said Friday night the 28-year-old Russian forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s first preseason game Sept. 25. Mikheyev will undergo surgery next week and is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.

Mikheyev was originally listed as week-to-week with the injury and played 45 regular-season games, finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists. He scored in his final appearance Friday night, a 5-2 home victory over Columbus.

Mikheyev signed a four-year, $19 million contract as a free agent last summer.

Maple Leafs’ Matthews out at least 3 weeks with knee injury

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Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss at least three weeks with a sprained knee.

The team announced the reigning MVP’s anticipated absence Friday, two days after Matthews was injured in Toronto’s victory against the New York Rangers.

Matthews is expected to miss at least six games and could be out for a few more. The timing of the injury coinciding with the NHL All-Star break and the Maple Leafs bye week prevents this from costing Matthews more time out of the lineup.

After being voted an All-Star by fans, Matthews is now out of the event scheduled for Feb. 3-4 in Sunrise, Florida. The league announced Aleskander Barkov from the host Florida Panthers will take Matthews’ place on the Atlantic Division All-Star roster.

Matthews, who won the Hart Trophy last season after leading the NHL with 60 goals, has 53 points in 47 games this season.

Caufield opted for surgery with Habs out of playoff race

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MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens winger Cole Caufield said Friday he wouldn’t be having season-ending surgery on his right shoulder if the team were in playoff contention.

But with the Canadiens near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the 22-year-old Caufield said he decided to have the surgery to protect his long-term health. The procedure is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Peter Millett on Wednesday.

“I didn’t want to stop playing,” Caufield said. “I had a couple tests done to look at it more clearly but, in the end, like it could’ve been one more fall and it could have been even worse.”

Caufield, who leads the Canadiens with 26 goals in 46 games, had three different medical opinions on his shoulder before concluding that his season was over.

“I think they’ve seen a lot more than I have and they know the differences and what they like or don’t like about it,” he said about the medical opinions. “Long term, I think this is what’s best but for sure it was tough to sit out that game against Toronto on Saturday night.”

Caufield initially felt the injury in an awkward fall during Montreal’s 4-2 loss at Dallas on Dec. 23. He said his right shoulder popped, and he replaced it himself.

Caufield felt it again in the Habs’ 4-3 loss at Nashville on Jan. 12. The club announced on Jan. 21 that Caufield would miss the rest of the season.

Caufield is nearing the end of his three-year, entry-level contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

All-Star Matty Beniers to miss next 2 games for Kraken

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SEATTLE — Seattle Kraken rookie All-Star Matty Beniers will miss the team’s final two games before the All-Star break after taking a big hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers earlier this week.

Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said after morning skate Friday that Beniers would not play Friday night against Calgary or Saturday against Columbus. Hakstol did not speculate on Beniers’ availability for next weekend’s All-Star Game in Florida.

The team has not specified what kind of injury Beniers sustained from the hit. He was barreled over by Myers away from the play early in the second period in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over Vancouver. Myers was penalized for interference on the play. Beniers returned briefly for one shift later in the period but did not play in the third period.

Beniers is Seattle’s lone All-Star selection this season. He leads all rookies in goals (17) and points (36), and is fifth in total ice time for rookies.

Seattle also placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve and recalled forward Max McCormick from Coachella Valley of the AHL. Hakstol said Schultz is improving but there’s no timeline on his return.