Maybe the 2012 Anaheim Ducks weren't a fluke after all.
The Ducks won the Pacific Division last season, yet lost in the first round to the Detroit Red Wings. Immediately fans began questioning the legitimacy of the Ducks' success. Considering how they've started this season, perhaps those doubts were unfounded. Anaheim has won seven straight after demolishing the Stars on Sunday, and their offense looks unstoppable right now.
All the NHL Scores
Predators 3, Jets 1
Ducks 6, Stars 3
1. The Stars need Kari Lehtonen back. Soon.
Dallas is clearly a team that can't hold its own defensively right now. They're 27th in the league in shots against per game after giving up a whopping 47 to the Ducks on Sunday. Kari Lehtonen, when healthy, cleans up a ton of mistakes every night. Rookie goaltender Jack Campbell played alright in his NHL debut, but the surging Ducks still erased a 3-1 deficit with six unanswered goals.
2. The Ducks' top line is en fuego right now.
More specifically, the Corey Perry-Ryan Getzlaf combination is lethal. Perry had two goals and Getzlaf had a goal and three assists in Anaheim's 6-3 thrashing of the Stars. Their chemistry was most apparent on this beautiful redirection from Perry in the second period that began the Ducks' rally.
3. R.J. Umberger's breakthrough could mean big things for Columbus.
Umberger is one of the Blue Jackets' top forwards, yet hadn't scored a goal until Sunday. His third period tally broke a tie with Vancouver and gave the Jackets the path to a 3-1 win. If he can start scoring consistently, the Jackets can keep shedding some of the struggles they've had early on.
4. Zach Bogosian needs to cut his goalies some slack.
5. Shea Weber and Seth Jones make quite the defensive pairing.
The Jets tried to run plays through Weber time and time again on Sunday to no avail. Jones held up well on his end of the ice, leading the Predators with four blocked shots.
The only play or moment from Sunday's games that will be making headlines for the next couple of days
We've had far too many scary moments lately in the NHL due to questionable collisions. None were as disturbing as watching Anaheim's Dustin Penner wobble off the ice after getting hit by Dallas' Ryan Garbutt. Thankfully, Penner was up and walking on his own after the game. Expect league discipline for Garbutt, however.
Stat of the Night
Jim Diamond brings us the oddest stat of the year so far: with his win on Saturday, Carter Hutton is just the second Predator goalie ever to win a game while wearing an even-numbered jersey. Think good thoughts for the poor intern who had to look that stat up.
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- Some day Jack Campbell will tell his grandkids that he gave up his first NHL goal to the Finnish Flash.
Chris Higgins was this close to saving the game for Vancouver.
- Martin Biron is hanging up his skates.