Getzlaf hot as Ducks win 4th straight
Rob Niedermayer scored a pair of third-period goals and Ryan Getzlaf extended his point streak to eight games as the Anaheim Ducks skated away with a 4-1 road victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday night.
Teemu Selanne broke a tie at 7:16 of the third with his team-leading 13th goal. Niedermayer followed with his pair, putting him at five for the season.
Getzlaf had opened the scoring at 1:44 of the opening period and later added two assists to improve to 31 points, tied for third in the NHL. The big centre has four goals and eight assists during his point streak.
Jonas Hiller made 36 saves for his second consecutive victory. The Hurricanes outshot Anaheim 17-3 in the second period but could not beat the Swiss goalie.
"He stood on his head in the second period and made some huge saves and kept us in the game," said Rob Niedermayer. "They really took the play to us there. He is a big reason we were in the game."
Hiller was coming off a 26-save shutout Friday against Chicago. No. 1 goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere left the team late in the week to attend to a family issue in Montreal, although he returned to the team on Sunday.
Anaheim has outscored opponents 11-3 during its four-game winning streak.
Hiller was only beaten by Matt Cullen, who tied the game at 1-1 about five minutes after Getzlaf's goal.
Hurricanes netminder Cam Ward left the game after the first period with an undisclosed injury.
Anaheim improved to 14-8-3 to move into fourth in the Western Conference.
Carolina (12-11-2) had a chance to leapfrog Philadelphia and New Jersey in the East. The club lost for the fourth time in five games.
The Hurricanes haven't scored in the last 25 power-play opportunities.
"Our power play, there's nothing in sync with it, there's nothing good about it right now," said Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette.
Carolina had won the last three games between the teams, including a 3-1 result on Oct. 19 in Anaheim.
With files from the Associated Press