November 8, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (15) moves the puck against the Buffalo Sabres during the third period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Getzlaf scores hat trick in first period as Ducks beat Sabres, 6-2


Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf had quite an impressive game last night against the worst team in the league, the Buffalo Sabres. He was able to help the Ducks stay unbeaten on the road thanks to an overwhelming victory of 6-2. From the Associated Press, found here on ESPN,

Ryan Getzlaf had three goals and an assist in the first period, linemate Dustin Penner also scored four points, and the Ducks remained the NHL’s only unbeaten home team with a 6-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

Getzlaf nearly didn’t play after taking a tumble in the morning skate. Instead, he got his first career hat trick before the first intermission as the league-leading Ducks (14-3-1) trounced the league-worst Sabres (3-15-1) for their seventh win in eight games overall.

The hat trick just adds to Getzlaf’s already great start to the season, there’s still plenty of hockey left to be played, but Getzlaf is already on a hot streak.

Getzlaf finished the first period with nine points in his past nine periods, including three multipoint performances in Anaheim’s past four outings to move up to second place among the league’s overall scoring leaders. He has 13 points in the Ducks’ past eight games while playing with Perry and Penner, reassembling their line from the Ducks’ Stanley Cup-winning team in 2007.

“The way we used to play together and work around each other, it feels like it’s the same,” Getzlaf said.

Anaheim’s next game will be at home on Sunday night when they take on Vancouver.

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