By Lance Pugmire
7:11 PM EDT, October 21, 2013
Now that the Ducks have matched their franchise record with seven consecutive victories, their reward is an eight-game trip, their longest of the season, that starts Tuesday in Toronto.
"This will prove our mettle," Coach Bruce Boudreau said after the Ducks rallied to defeat the Dallas Stars, 6-3, Sunday. The Ducks trailed, 3-1, in the first period.
The Ducks' journey to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Columbus, Philadelphia, Boston, Buffalo and the New York Rangers lasts through Nov. 4. Those teams are a combined 26-36-3.
"We can use this as a confidence builder for the road trip," said forward Teemu Selanne, who takes a three-game goal streak to Toronto after ending the Ducks' 0-for-18 home power-play drought with a first-period goal Sunday.
The Ducks swept a five-game homestand for the first time and Selanne said the team's focus was simple: "We talked … let's finish strong on this homestand." He added: "It's going to carry on through the road, especially when you go for 15 days."
In righting their power-play slump — Corey Perry also scored a man up in the Ducks' three-goal second period — the Ducks also leaned on stars Perry (two goals and an assist) and captain Ryan Getzlaf (one goal, three assists).
"When the big man is leading … we usually go good as a team," Boudreau said of Getzlaf.
Suspension for Dustin Penner hit?
Dallas left wing Ryan Garbutt was summoned by the NHL for an in-person hearing after his hit on Dustin Penner, who was briefly knocked unconscious by a helmet-to-helmet hit in the second period Sunday. Penner stayed in Orange County on Monday for further medical evaluation and tests.
Garbutt faces a suspension of more than five games.
Some Ducks believed Garbutt left the ice to launch at Penner, with television replays showing Garbutt's skates leaving the ice at impact.
When: 4 PDT.
Where: Air Canada Centre.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 830.
Record vs. Maple Leafs (2012-13): Did not play.
Etc.: Former Ducks left wing Joffrey Lupul has 10 points for Toronto, which scored 27 goals to win six of its first seven games before former Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier was overwhelmed by 40 Chicago shots in a 3-1 loss Saturday. The Maple Leafs are coached by former Ducks coach Randy Carlyle.
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