ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Perhaps there will come a day when the Anaheim Ducks will face some real adversity.
The only thing these rampaging Ducks could find adverse Wednesday night was their inability to get Nick Bonino a hat trick. Or Corey Perry. Or Teemu Selanne. Or Sami Vatanen.
Those four all settled for two goals and they were among a bench full of Ducks who got in on the fun at the expense of the Vancouver Canucks in a 9-1 rout in front of a sellout crowd at Honda Center.
Nothing is stopping the Ducks (36-8-5), who've won eight in a row for the second time in a month and are on an 18-1 tear since Dec. 8. It's a run that equals the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens, who went on to capture the Stanley Cup.
The Ducks racked up six power-play goals to set a club record. Selanne and Vatanen helped get that mark by scoring on a two-man advantage during a seven-minute power play when Vancouver resorted to trying to draw them into a melee.
Vatanen's goal off the stick of Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis also gave the Ducks another franchise mark for goals in a game, eclipsing the eight they scored during games in 1998 and 2004.
Frederik Andersen had no problem improving his record to 11-2 as he drew the start in place of an ailing Jonas Hiller (flu). Andersen made 31 saves.
Andrew Cogliano started the onslaught with a wrist shot past Vancouver starter Eddie Lack just 4:27 into the game. Selanne then began their run on the power play with a deflection of Vatanen's shot for a 2-0 first-period lead.
Perry chased Lack with a bad-angle score early in the second. The Ducks then made Joacim Eriksson experience a nightmarish NHL debut by blitzing him with three power-play scores in the second alone.
Bonino delivered twice and Jakob Silfverberg got one by Eriksson for a 6-0 lead. Only Zack Kassian's goal right before the period expired spoiled a potential shutout for Andersen.
Now that they've been properly fitted for the bull's-eye they're wearing, the Ducks are experiencing life in the NHL as the target.
When you win 18 of 19 games and sit squarely on top of the league standings, you wind up being in everyone's crosshairs. The Ducks are now the hunted.
"There's a target on our back," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "When you're 19-0-2 at home, they want to beat you. They want to be the team that beat you."
Over the past two regular seasons, the Ducks have run nearly parallel with Chicago for the best record in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks took the Presidents' Trophy in the shortened 2012-13 season and then proved their worth by hoisting the Stanley Cup.
The teams will square off in Chicago on Friday night as the NHL's top two teams in terms of points. The Ducks pushed their league lead to 77 with the rout of the Canucks on Wednesday night. The Blackhawks have 71.
The view from above is one the Ducks are enjoying and want to keep.
"Teams are coming in trying to knock us off, and I think we're taking pride in trying to do it every night," defenseman Bryan Allen said. "It's 82 games. It's easy to say we didn't have it tonight. Or I didn't feel good or our (penalty kill) didn't do well; our goalie ... whatever the excuse. We're not letting that seep into our game.
"If we lose a period, we're not happy. We get down. We got to fight to get it back."
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