Ducks win 7th straight at 4-1 over Blue Jackets; 1st win for Varlamov


ANAHEIM, California — Corey Perry and defenseman Sami Vatanen scored power-play goals in the first period as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Friday for their seventh consecutive victory.

John Gibson, starting in net for the first time since losing 6-4 in his hometown of Pittsburgh on opening night, faced just 17 shots as the two-time defending Pacific Division champions improved to 7-1. Last season, the Ducks also won seven straight after a season-opening loss at Colorado.

Scott Hartnell had a power-play goal for the Blue Jackets and Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves.

Colorado’s Jarome Iginla collected his first two goals for the Avalanche and had an assist in a 7-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists and Erik Johnson had a goal and an assist for Colorado, which broke out of an offensive slump to earn its first home win of the season.

It was also the first win for goalie Semyon Varlamov, who returned from injured reserve to make 26 saves. Varlamov missed three games with a groin injury suffered in a morning skate last week.

Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist for Vancouver. Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows also scored, and Eddie Lack stopped 41 shots.

Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn scored for Dallas in a shootout as the Stars beat the Devils 3-2 to extend New Jersey’s NHL record for shootout losses to 18 straight.

Spezza scored after Cammalleri missed with a dancing backhander in front. Benn beat Cory Schneider skating across the crease from right to left.

Benn scored for the fifth straight game and Patrick Eaves got Dallas’ other goal in regulation.

Eric Gelinas and Damien Brunner scored for New Jersey, which has lost four in a row. Schneider made 35 saves.

At Edmonton, Alberta, Jordan Eberle had two goals and an assist in Oilers’ third consecutive victory, 6-3 over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Jesse Joensuu, Leon Draisaitl, Matt Hendricks and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for the Oilers, who have rebounded from a difficult start to the season. Ben Scrivens finished with 30 saves.

The Tampa Bay Lightning downed the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 after Jonathan Drouin, Vladislav Namestnikov and Ondrej Palat scored in the second period,

Bryan Little scored Winnipeg’s first power-play goal of the season, and Blake Wheeler added his third goal in the third period.