Perreault's 2 goals lead Ducks past Bruins 5-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 8, 2014 at 1:02 am •  Published: January 8, 2014
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nearly three months after their home opener, the Anaheim Ducks still haven't lost a game in regulation at Honda Center.

Although Jonas Hiller believes there's no secret to how the Ducks keep rolling at home, not even the powerful Boston Bruins could figure out how to end this remarkable streak by the overall NHL leaders.

Mathieu Perreault scored two goals, Hiller made 30 saves in his 12th consecutive victory and the Ducks beat Boston 5-2 Tuesday night for their 14th win in 15 games.

Perreault, Corey Perry and Nick Bonino scored power-play goals for the Ducks, who improved to 18-0-2 in Anaheim during the NHL's fifth-longest home points streak to open a season in the last 41 years. The Ducks started awfully slow, managing just two shots in the first 19 minutes while Boston controlled play, but still ended up with yet another comfortable win after a three-goal second period.

"We've proven to ourselves by now that even if we're down or haven't played our best game, we still find a way to win," said Hiller, who hasn't lost since Dec. 3. "Every night somebody is making a contribution."

Andrew Cogliano scored short-handed and Teemu Selanne added two assists in Anaheim's eighth consecutive home win, matching its 8-0 streak to open the season.

The Ducks opened a nine-point lead over San Jose atop the Pacific Division by scoring a season-high three power-play goals after a long struggle with the man advantage. Hiller, who will represent Switzerland at his second Olympics next month, did much of the rest of the work in his 21st victory.

Anaheim already was one of the NHL's most potent teams with an inept power play, but captain Ryan Getzlaf was confident it would improve.

"We had been worrying too much about what we had to do instead of just going out and doing it," Getzlaf said. "We're getting good chances out of it, and we know if we play good hockey, we have a chance to win every night."

Daniel Paille and Dougie Hamilton scored for the Bruins, who played without forward Milan Lucic for the first time this season due to an illness. Tuukka Rask stopped 15 shots, but the Atlantic Division leaders couldn't overcome their special-teams woes in the opener of a three-game California road trip.

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