ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ben Lovejoy realized his newborn daughter would be watching him on television for the first time, and the Anaheim Ducks defenseman promptly had the first multigoal game of his career.
Yep, the Ducks have spectacular timing in just about everything they do these days.
Lovejoy scored two goals in the first period, Jonas Hiller made 16 saves in his 10th consecutive victory and the Ducks beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 Friday night for their 12th win in 13 games.
Lovejoy had scored just five goals in his 170-game NHL career, and he had just one goal in 40 games this season before firing two slap shots past Ilya Bryzgalov 2:43 apart late in the first period. With perfect setups from Saku Koivu and Cam Fowler, Lovejoy tied the club record for the most goals scored by a defenseman in one period.
"It has to be perfectly in my wheelhouse, and those guys were able to find it," Lovejoy said. "It's a very small sweet spot."
After scoring the fastest two goals by a defenseman in franchise history, Lovejoy thought about the serendipity: His wife, Avery, and their new daughter, Lila, were at home watching for the first time since Lila was born on New Year's Eve.
"We may have to keep pumping them out if I can keep scoring two goals a night," Lovejoy said with a grin.
Kyle Palmieri, Tim Jackman and Andrew Cogliano also scored for the Ducks, who improved to 16-0-2 at home this season and remained one point behind Chicago for the overall NHL lead.
After giving up two early goals on broken plays, Hiller extended his franchise-record winning streak as the Ducks followed up their 11-1-1 December with their sixth consecutive win over the Oilers, who haven't beaten Anaheim since April 2012.
Even with little offensive help from superstars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, who have combined for just one goal in the last five games, the Ducks keep steamrolling along.
"They weren't going as good as they normally do, and when they're not going, you need people to pick up the slack," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "You get help from everywhere. That's why I think we're a pretty good team."
The Ducks have the NHL's second-longest points streak at home to open a season in the last quarter-century, trailing only San Jose's 20-0-2 start five years ago.