ATLANTA – Teemu Selanne scored two goals, Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 34 shots, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Atlanta Thrashers 2-1 Wednesday night, setting the NHL’s best road record through 15 games.

Giguere won his ninth straight start for the Ducks, who have won five in a row and have the league’s best record (25-3-6). Atlanta lost its third straight after five consecutive wins. The Ducks extended their club-record road winning streak to seven and improved to 12-1-2 for 26 points away from home, the most for 15 games in NHL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The 1951-52 Detroit Red Wings had 25 points (10-0-5). Anaheim has won 10 of 11 overall.

Niko Kapanen scored Atlanta’s only goal and Kari Lehtonen stopped 30 shots to keep the Thrashers close.

Selanne’s power-play wrist shot over Lehtonen’s glove broke a scoreless tie 15:41 into the second period.

The Ducks have scored at least one power-play goal in 15 of 17 games and began the night first in the NHL in power-play percentage (22.7).

The Thrashers’ growing frustration peaked at the end of the second period. Giguere stopped a shot as time expired, but Ilya Kovalchuk knocked the deflection into the net to draw a brief angry response from the Ducks. Kovalchuk was escorted off the ice by the officials.

Penguins 8, Flyers 4

PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby took over the NHL scoring lead with a career-high six points in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 8-4 rout of the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

Crosby had one goal and five assists to give him 47 points for the season, three more than New York Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr.

Sergei Gonchar had two goals and three assists, Ryan Malone added one goal and three assists, and Mark Recchi had a goal and assist for the Penguins, who have won three in a row. Gonchar and Malone also set career highs in points.

Ryan Potulny had a goal and an assist, and Alexandre Picard set up two goals for the Flyers, who have lost five in a row and have the worst record in the Eastern Conference (8-19-4).

The night belonged to the 19-year-old Crosby, whose previous best was four points in a game – done three times in his one-plus NHL seasons. Crosby has a goal in five straight games and 15 points in six contests.

Crosby has 29 points in 13 career games against the Flyers, including 15 in five games this season – all Penguins victories.

Avalanche 4, Blues 1

DENVER – Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist each and the Colorado Avalanche beat St. Louis 4-1 Wednesday night, sending the slumping Blues to their ninth straight loss

Pierre Turgeon also had a goal an assist. Joe Sakic had scored on the power play, one of three goals for Colorado in the second period.

Peter Budaj stopped 25 shots for his second win in two games for the Avalanche, who have won three of six.

Jamal Mayers scored the lone goal for St. Louis, 0-2 under new coach Andy Murray.

Jason Bacashihua made 41 saves and Marek Schwarz had one stop when he played briefly in the second period.

Schwarz came in at 15:10 after Hejduk’s goal and Bacashihua returned 2:17 later.

The Blues have earned only one standings point during the 0-8-1 skid that led to the firing of coach Mike Kitchen on Monday night.


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