Ryan Getzlaf (1-2—3) assisted on Rickard Rakell’s game-winning goal to lead the Ducks (36-23-10, 82 points) past the League-leading Capitals (44-17-7, 95 points), 5-2, and help Randy Carlyle earn his 400th career win as an NHL head coach.
Corey Perry (2-1—3) and Ryan Kesler (1-2—3) also collected three points apiece as Anaheim regained sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division.
Three members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players – Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, and Teemu Selanne – were on hand at Honda Center as the Ducks celebrated the 10th anniversary of their first Stanley Cup championship.
Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was suspended for two games for charging Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel.
In other Ducks' news . . .
DUCKS' JONATHAN BERNIER NAMED NHL "THREE STAR"
Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernier, San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski, and Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 12.
JONATHAN BERNIER, G, ANAHEIM DUCKS
Bernier went 3-0-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average, .948 save percentage and one shutout to lift the Ducks (36-23-10, 82 points) into second place in the Pacific Division. He made 24 saves through overtime – and turned aside all five attempts he faced in the shootout – in a 4-3 victory against the Nashville Predators March 7.
Bernier then recorded 43 saves in earning his 14th career shutout via a 1-0 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks March 9. He finished the week with 25 stops in a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals March 12. The 28-year-old Laval, Que., native owns a 13-7-2 record with a 2.69 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and two shutouts in 29 appearances this season, his first with the Ducks.
JOE PAVELSKI, C, SAN JOSE SHARKS
Pavelski recorded six points in four games, including a League-best five goals, to power the Pacific Division-leading Sharks (41-20-7, 89 points) to three victories. He notched two goals, including what stood as the winner, in a 3-2 triumph against the Winnipeg Jets March 6. Pavelski added 1-1—2 in a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals March 9 before being held off the scoresheet in a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators March 11. He capped the week with another two-goal performance, again registering the decisive tally, in a 5-1 win over the Dallas Stars March 12. The 32-year-old Plover, Wis., native ranks second on the Sharks with 26 goals and 61 points through 68 contests this season, while his seven game-winning goals pace the team and share fifth place in the NHL.
ERIK KARLSSON, D, OTTAWA SENATORS
Karlsson paced defensemen with 2-4—6 in four contests to help the Senators (39-22-6, 84 points) extend their winning streak to six games. He collected two assists in a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins March 6 before being held off the scoresheet in a 5-2 triumph against the Dallas Stars March 8. Karlsson then posted 2-1—3, including the tying and winning goals, in a 3-2 overtime victory against the Arizona Coyotes March 9. He closed the week with one assist in a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche March 11. The 26-year-old Landsbro, Sweden, native ranks second in the NHL with 49 assists – and second among League defensemen with 62 points – in 67 outings this season.
BLACKHAWKS GAIN GROUND ON WILD
Patrick Kane (1-1—2) and Artemi Panarin (1-1—2) scored on the Blackhawks’ first two shots of the game and Corey Crawford made a season-high 42 saves as Chicago secured a victory over Minnesota in a battle of the top two teams in the Western Conference.
The Blackhawks (43-20-5, 91 points) climbed within a point of the Wild (43-18-6, 92 points) for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference, concluding their four-game season series with a 3-1-0 edge (MIN: 1-2-1).
Kane scored just 51 seconds into the contest to reach the 30-goal mark for the third time in his NHL career (also 30 in 2009-10 and 46 in 2015-16). The reigning Art Ross Trophy winner has tallied 15-9—24 in 16 games since Feb. 1 to move into second in NHL scoring with 30-43—73, trailing only Connor McDavid (23-52—75).
Crawford improved to 27-15-3 in 45 appearances this season, including a 9-3-0 mark in his last 12 dating to Feb. 2 (2.50 GAA, .922 SV%).
FLAMES LOOK TO TIE FRANCHISE RECORD WITH 10TH CONSECUTIVE WIN
The Flames (38-26-4, 80 points) look to secure their 10th consecutive victory and tie the longest single-season win streak in franchise history – a mark set in 1978-79 as the Atlanta Flames – when they host the Penguins (43-16-8, 94 points), who would move into sole possession of first place in the NHL standings with a win. Calgary would join Columbus (16-0-0), Minnesota (12-0-0) and Philadelphia (10-0-0) as the only teams to register a win streak of at least 10 games in 2016-17. Should they do so, Elias notes that it would mark the first season in NHL history to feature four win streaks of 10 games or more – 2015-16 is the only other campaign with three such runs.
WILD CARD RACES TAKE OVER MONDAY NIGHT SLATE
Several teams in the thick of Wild Card races aim to secure crucial points tonight:
The Kings (33-28-6, 72 points) look to make up ground on the Blues (35-27-5, 75 points) – who have won four straight games – in their final meeting of the season (Oct. 29: 1-0 LAK and Jan. 12: 5-1 STL). St. Louis occupies the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference and leads the ROW tiebreaker against Los Angeles (STL: 34, LAK: 31).
The Islanders (32-24-11, 75 points) return from a franchise-long nine-game road trip (5-3-1) to host the Hurricanes (27-27-11, 65 points) at Barclays Center, where they have not lost in regulation since Jan. 11 (9-0-2 since). New York is the first team outside the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the Maple Leafs (31-22-14, 76 points).
The Lightning (32-26-9, 73 points) visit the Rangers (44-23-2, 90 points) for their second meeting in a week, with New York posting a 1-0 overtime win last Monday on the strength of a 38-save shutout by Antti Raanta. Tampa Bay has registered points in 13 of its past 15 games dating to Feb. 4 (10-2-3).
The Flyers (31-28-8, 70 points) aim to halt a two-game skid and stay in the playoff race when they host the Blue Jackets (43-18-6, 92 points). Columbus, meanwhile, needs one win and two points to establish single-season franchise records.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)
CHICAGO 4, Minnesota 2
Montreal 4, EDMONTON 1
NY Rangers 4, DETROIT 1
ANAHEIM 5, Washington 2
SAN JOSE 5, Dallas 1
MONDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)
Tampa Bay @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., TVAS, MSG, SUN
Columbus @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m., SN1, SNE, SNO, CSN-PH, FS-O
Carolina @ NY Islanders, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
Winnipeg @ Nashville, 8 p.m., FS-TN, TSN3
Pittsburgh @ Calgary, 9 p.m., SNW, ROOT
Boston @ Vancouver, 10 p.m., SNP, NESN
Colorado @ Arizona, 10 p.m., FS-A, ALT
St. Louis @ Los Angeles, 10 p.m., SNE, SNO, FS-W, FS-MW
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services