ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Through the course of their 20 home openers in franchise history, the Ducks have won their share and lost their share.
Never have the Ducks sent a sellout crowd home with such an overwhelming first impression to a new season like the performance they put forth Thursday night.
Three goals in the first period by the Ducks were followed by three more in the second as they hammered an already embarrassed New York Rangers squad, 6-0, in front of 17,179 at Honda Center.
It was only nine days ago when the Ducks (3-1-0) didn't appear to be ready for the season being as they were on the receiving end of a 6-1 ambush in Colorado. Now that loss is ancient history.
"I think the first game was a huge wakeup call for us," Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen said. "And we realized that we can't just show up. We know we have a lot of skill in this room and some talented players.
"But unless you work and play the system, it's not going to work for you."
Jakob Silfverberg continued his torrid start with two more goals as he joined Teemu Selanne and Daniel Winnik as the third Ducks player in franchise history to open up with four goals in his first four games with the team.
Silfverberg slipped a one-timer past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in the first period and hammered his second into an open net after Selanne had hit the post. Both chances were converted after Lundqvist vacated the net on ill-fated pokecheck tries.
The trio of Silfverberg, Selanne and Mathieu Perreault has combined for six goals and six assists in the first four games. Selanne got his first two points of the season.
"I've been fortunate to play with two great players," Silfverberg said. "With Mathieu and 'T,' they're so good at one-on-one battles. So for me, it's just a matter of trying to find open spots.
"They're so good at finding me. Once again, I just try to shoot it. It's been a great mix."
Ryan Getzlaf started the rout with a one-timer off a feed from Corey Perry. Perry later set up Dustin Penner's first goal in his return to the Ducks. Penner also assisted on Getzlaf's score.
Winnik and Saku Koivu also scored as the Ducks jumped all over a Rangers team that was coming off a 9-2 beating at the hands of San Jose. Jonas Hiller made 34 saves for his 17th career shutout.
"We were talking about it in (the dressing room)," Hiller said. "I was excited when I saw the first few minutes. I knew we were right in the game. We were putting pressure on and if you get goals early, it's easy. Especially against a team who didn't have its best game.
"I don't think it can get any better for a home opener."
The only stains on an otherwise spotless night were the Ducks seeing more forwards go to the training room. Perreault, Penner and Nick Bonino all either left the game early in the third period or didn't play it at all.
Penner has an upper-body injury and Perreault and Bonino have lower-body injury. Bonino was hurt while blocking a shot.
"None of the injuries are serious," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I'm hoping by tomorrow when all the dust settles and we come to practice, everybody will be OK to go."
The Ducks received a small bit of good news on the injury front as Emerson Etem made his season debut. But they're also suffering some attrition among their deep group of forwards.
Etem's return from a lower-body injury suffered during the preseason comes as left wing Matt Beleskey has a cast on his left forearm. The Ducks confirmed that is a broken thumb and Boudreau said it would keep him out of the lineup for "a week or so."
Right wing Kyle Palmieri also sat out against the Rangers as he recovers from the lingering effects of a hit by Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien in the Ducks' 3-2 win over Sunday night. The Ducks are calling it an upper-body injury.
Palmieri said the injury isn't as serious as the concussion he suffered last season, which kept him out for four games. He has been working out off the ice and skated Thursday before the team's morning skate.
"I wouldn't say it's in that classification at all," Palmieri said. "Just one of those things. Like I said, take it day by day."
Etem is back after getting hurt against the Sharks on Sept. 20 when San Jose's Raffi Torres ran into him. The young winger said assistant coach Scott Niedermayer was "putting me through some rigorous drills to get me back to game shape."
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