The latest step in the march through a historic season by the Anaheim Ducks was an assault on the record books.
With the Vancouver Canucks bearing painful witness, the best team in the NHL put on its most dominating performance of the season.
Wingers Corey Perry, Nick Bonino and Teemu Selanne scored two goals each, and goaltender Frederik Andersen made 31 saves as the Ducks demolished the Canucks 9-1 Wednesday.
Anaheim set single-game franchise records for most goals and most power-play goals (six).
The Ducks joined the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens as the only teams in NHL history to win 18 of 19 games. Both teams went 18-1-0, and Montreal went on to win 20 of 21 from Jan. 6-Feb. 22, 1968.
Anaheim (36-8-5) also got goals from wingers Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg and defenseman Sami Vatanen in a dominating performance that kept them undefeated in regulation at home this season (20-0-2).
The Ducks were almost apologetic for the rout, with players and coaches addressing having to play with a huge lead against an opponent offering little resistance. Selanne did not see the night as a celebratory one.
"It was almost embarrassing to try to score at the end," Selanne said. "That's no way to end the game."
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau felt compassion for the other side in his postgame remarks. He went the extra step of putting out his fourth-line players when Anaheim received a seven-minute, five-on-three advantage in the third period.
"I've been on the other side of those scores," Boudreau said. "You saw who I put out there, but given the situation, it's almost impossible not to get shots on goal."
The Canucks, who came off a physical and emotional loss to the Kings in Los Angeles on Monday, had little in the tank against the high-octane Ducks.
"I've had a lot of disappointing losses," center Henrik Sedin said. "This was up there, but this wasn't a 9-1 because they had seven minutes of a 5-on-3 advantage."
Defenseman Dan Hamhuis was one of few Canucks to put a positive spin on things. He felt the team needs to forget about the blowout and regroup quickly to salvage the final game of its road trip on Thursday in Phoenix.
"It's never great to be on the wrong side of a 9-1 game," Hamhuis said. "We played a very solid first period and played in a way that gave us a chance to win. Their power play was the difference tonight."
Up 2-0 entering the second period, the Ducks put the game away with two goals in six minutes.
Perry gave the Ducks a 3-0 lead with his team-leading 26th goal of the season when his bad angle shot eluded Vancouver goaltender Eddie Lack. The soft goal ended Lack's evening, as coach John Tortorella pulled him in favor of rookie Joacim Eriksson.
Eriksson could not stop the Anaheim onslaught. On a Ducks power play, he was beaten by the second shot he faced. Bonino notched his 14th goal of the season at 6:00 with winger Matt Beleskey and Vatanen earning the assists. Silfverberg closed out the scoring in the second with his sixth goal of the season at 15:29.
The Ducks broke on top when Cogliano scored his 16th goal of the season at 4:27. Cogliano converted a feed from Silverberg after gaining possession inside the Vancouver blue line with center Saku Koivu earning the second assist.
The Ducks doubled their lead on the power play with 2:03 remaining in the opening period on Selanne's sixth goal on the season. Selanne cruised in front of Lack to deflect a slap shot from Vatanen off an initial pass from defenseman Hampus Lindholm. The marker was his 681st career goal and second in his past three games.
Vancouver (24-15-9) wilted after a competitive opening 20 minutes and lost for the seventh time in eight road games in California this season.
Winger Zack Kassian scored the lone Vancouver goal. Lack stopped 10 of 13 shots before being pulled, while Eriksson saved 25 of the 31 shots he faced.
NOTES: Vancouver did not dress G Roberto Luongo (ankle). ... Canucks G Eddie Lack made his fifth consecutive start between the pipes. Lack appeared in 10 of the last 11 games for Vancouver. ... Vancouver LW David Booth was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for three games. Prior to his benching, Booth had an eight-game goalless streak. He has five goals in 33 games while earning $4.5 million this season. ... Anaheim scratched G Jonas Hiller, RW Kyle Palmieri and C Daniel Winnik. Hiller was sidelined with the flu, prompting the Ducks to recall G Frederik Andersen from AHL Norfolk. ... The Ducks play a weekend road set against Central Division heavyweights, Friday in Chicago against the Blackhawks, Saturday in St. Louis against the Blues. ... Anaheim is the only team in the NHL with a winning record (15-5-1) when the opposition scores first.