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November 8, 2013

Getzlaf's hat trick leads Ducks past Sabres

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Niagara Gazette — Penner had a goal and three first-period assists for the Ducks, still sizzling in their second game since returning from an eight-game East Coast trip. Anaheim is off to the best home start in the franchise's two decades of existence, outscoring its opponents 33-12.

The Ducks scored just four power play goals in their first 16½ games this season, dropping to last overall in the NHL, before scoring four more in a 35-minute stretch that began Wednesday against Phoenix and extended into the lopsided first period against Buffalo.

After Getzlaf batted home a rebound in the slot just 2:11 in, Fowler scored Anaheim's second power-play goal midway through the period, beating Miller with a slap shot.

Grigorenko answered with a goal on a nifty behind-the-net pass from Cody McCormick, but Getzlaf jumped on a Buffalo turnover and fired a wrist shot for an unassisted goal a few minutes later.

Getzlaf completed the hat trick with 20 seconds left in the period, scoring on a backhand all alone in front after a pass from Perry. The traditional hat shower from the Anaheim crowd only began gradually, with many fans stunned by Getzlaf's feat.

Penner scored his third goal of his return season in Anaheim on a backhand rebound early in the second period for his first four-point game since December 2009.

NOTES: Ehrhoff was hurt in the third period Thursday night in Los Angeles. LW Ville Leino was a healthy scratch. ... ... Selanne played in his 1,400th NHL game. The 43-year-old Finnish Flash is just the third European player to reach the mark, joining Nicklas Lidstrom and Jaromir Jagr. ... The Ducks are 10-0-1 when Penner is in the lineup. ... Ducks C Saku Koivu (upper body) and F Jakob Silfverberg (broken right hand) sat out their seventh straight games. G Viktor Fasth missed his 12th straight game with a lower-body injury, but could return to practice soon.

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