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The Anaheim Ducks roared to a big early lead before blowing three-quarters of it. They skated circles around the Dallas Stars early, only to hold on by their fingernails late.
The Anaheim Ducks moved into first place in the Pacific Division.
After erasing Anaheim's 13-point lead in the standings the past two months, a one-goal deficit in the third period was only a minor speed bump for Brent Burns and the San Jose Sharks.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nearly three months after their home opener, the Anaheim Ducks still haven't lost a game in regulation at Honda Center.
Since their horrid 2-8-1 start, the Caps are 23-10-1. They could clinch the Southeast Division and corresponding No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference as soon as Tuesday. And they believe they can beat anyone.
The Caps lead a division that could better be known as the Southeasy based largely on their 12-3 record against the Jets, Hurricanes, Lightning and Panthers. They're 9-14-2 against the rest of the Eastern Conference yet would earn the No. 3 seed in the playoffs if they maintain this lead.
Mathieu Perreault wanted to show what he could do after four games as a healthy scratch. Eric Fehr wanted to show what he could do with some more playing time. Joel Ward wanted to show what he could do with more responsibility.
Oates made it well-known to his players when he arrived that the Caps were a team of opportunity. "He's an honest coach. He said that from Day One that hard work's going to pay off around here," Matt Hendricks said. "Do the systems correctly, work hard at what you do and you'll be rewarded."
Perreault, 25, told Le Journal de Montreal and La Presse, two French-language newspapers in his native province of Quebec, that he could not be patient for the remainder of his two-year contract with the Caps and that if he wasn't in the team's plans, it should trade him. He attempted to clarify what he meant in English after Thursday's morning skate.