Ducks win to equal franchise record

The Anaheim Ducks equalled their franchise record of 10 successive NHL victories after they cruised past the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

Corey Perry had a goal and two assists, while Jamie McGinn, Richard Rakell, Cam Fowler and Josh Manson also found the net in a crushing 5-1 win against an Arizona side who are now winless in seven games.

The Ducks have won 17 of their last 19 and sit joint top of the Pacific Division with Los Angeles Kings, who they face on Saturday.

The Kings warmed up for the clash by beating Montreal Canadiens 3-2.

Another franchise record was matched on Thursday as Tampa Bay Lightning’s 4-1 win over Ottawa Senators secured an eighth straight success.

Cedric Paquette, Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos were all on target in a win that, coupled with Florida Panthers’ 3-2 defeat at Colorado, sent Tampa top of the Atlantic Division.

Jaromir Jagr had an assist for Florida against the Avalanche, which took him to tied third in the all-time points list.

Boston Bruins are two points behind both the Lightning and the Panthers after Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win against the Western Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks.

Pittsburgh Penguins beat Metropolitan Division rivals New York Rangers 4-1, with Evgeni Malkin scoring once and grabbing two assists, while Kyle Okposo’s overtime winner helped New York Islanders past Winnipeg Jets 4-3.

Minnesota Wild have won three straight after a 2-1 win against Toronto Maple Leafs while Adam Henrique’s overtime goal helped New Jersey Devils to a 5-4 win that snapped the Nashville Predators’ five-match winning streak.

Calgary Flames suffered a seventh straight defeat, going down 6-3 to Buffalo Sabres, while Edmonton Oilers thrashed Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 and San Jose Sharks edged Vancouver Canucks 3-2.

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