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November 8, 2013

Getzlaf's hat trick leads Ducks past Sabres

Niagara Gazette — ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Getzlaf had three goals and an assist in the first period, linemate Dustin Penner also scored four points, and the Anaheim Ducks remained the NHL's only unbeaten home team with a 6-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

Getzlaf got his first career hat trick before the first intermission as the league-leading Ducks (14-3-1) trounced the league-worst Sabres (3-15-1) for their seventh win in eight games overall.

Frederik Andersen made 25 saves and improved to 5-0 in his NHL career as Anaheim won its seventh straight at Honda Center.

Mikhail Grigorenko scored his first two goals of the season for the Sabres, who finished their three-game California road swing with back-to-back losses. Ryan Miller stopped 28 shots in the first two periods while dropping to 2-11.

The Sabres struggled defensively without key defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, who sat out with a lower-body injury. Jhonas Enroth replaced Miller in the third period for the Sabres, who have lost six of seven overall. Anaheim also won 6-3 in Buffalo last Saturday.

The Ducks got a landmark performance from their captain, who is better known for setting up longtime teammate Corey Perry for the bulk of their goals.

Getzlaf finally got his first hat trick in his 574th regular-season game, and the veteran center tied the franchise record for points in a period while picking up just the second first-period hat trick in Ducks history. Teemu Selanne also did it in November 1997.

Getzlaf finished the first period with nine points in his last nine periods, including three multipoint performances in Anaheim's last four outings to move up to second place among the league's overall scoring leaders. He has 13 points in the Ducks' last eight games.

Cam Fowler and Andrew Cogliano also scored for the Ducks, with Richard Rakell earning his first NHL point on a slick backhand assist for Cogliano's second-period goal.

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