Teemu Selanne added to his resume, and the Ducks posted their second straight victory at Honda Center, 4-3 over the Phoenix Coyotes.
Selanne scored the 211th power-play goal of his career, four behind Joe Nieuwendyk for 10th in league history, at 2:49 of the first period. Scott Niedermayer — who collected two assists — got his first helper by tapping the puck to Selanne, who walked in and wristed the puck past ex-Duck Ilya Bryzgalov.
“We’re heading in the right direction right now,” Niedermayer said.
The Ducks will play four games in six days on the road, beginning Wednesday in New Jersey. Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who is on injured reserve with a strained groin, is expected to rejoin the team. That’s the good news for the Ducks.
The bad news is that, at 6-7-2 and already 12 points back of the division-leading San Jose Sharks, this could be seen as a make-or-break road trip.
“It’s perfect with us getting two wins in a row at home, where we were struggling,” Wisniewski said. “It was surprising because we were at home for such a long time. Now, we go on a tough road trip with four games in six days. It might be a good thing for us. We’ll see what we can do.”
Some notable streaks were kept alive Saturday:
– Getzlaf extended his assist streak to seven games, one game short of his career high. His assist streak is the longest current streak in the NHL. He also extended his season-high point streak to eight games, which along with Corey Perry and Dallas’ Brad Richards, is the second-longest current point streak in the league to Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson.
– With his goal, Perry extended his point streak to a career-high eight games; he has 12 points during that span.
– Hiller had his shutout sequence snapped at a career-high 117:14 spanning three games dating back to Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. In his last two contests, Hiller has stopped 67-of-70 shots for a 1.50 goals-against average and .957 save percentage.