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Anaheim Ducks end home skid, drill Panthers 6-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 23, 2014 at 11:27 pm •  Published: March 23, 2014
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks were eager to get back on track and the Florida Panthers paid the price.

Corey Perry and captain Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and two assists, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped their four-game home skid with a 6-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday night.

"We had the puck and didn't turn it over too much. We played with the puck and found each other. Everybody was moving," said Perry, who notched his team-leading 37th goal of the season to give the Ducks a 5-2 lead at the 11:56 mark of the second period.

Getzlaf agreed.

"We got back to doing what we need to be doing," said Getzlaf, who is second in the NHL in scoring with 79 points. "We find a way to get open and get shots. Tonight, we clicked better."

Teemu Selanne, Jakob Silfverberg, Kyle Palmieri and Perry scored during Anaheim's four-goal second period.

"I feel re-energized," said Selanne, who recently has been teamed with Getzlaf and Perry. "Today we were really clicking and reading each other well. The more time we spend together, the more you're going to learn from one another. It was fun to play with those guys. They're so dangerous and talented, so you have to be ready."

Patrick Maroon also scored an early goal before leaving the game with a lower-body injury for the Ducks, who pulled within one point of San Jose atop the Pacific Division standings.

Selanne had a goal and an assist, while Jonas Hiller made 28 saves for Anaheim, which is four points behind Western Conference-leading St. Louis with 11 games left.

Jimmy Hayes and Tomas Fleischmann scored in the second period for the Panthers, who lost the last three games on their West Coast road trip by a combined 12-3.

Former Anaheim goalie Dan Ellis stopped 34 shots in Florida's seventh loss in nine games overall.

The Ducks had lost two straight and six of eight while slipping out of first place in the NHL standings, but they got back to their usual dominant selves during the second period.

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