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AND FINALLY: Anaheim has quietly moved to the top of the NHL’s overall standings after recording a franchise record eighth consecutive win over the New York Islanders Saturday, a victory keyed by Ryan Getzlaf’s third four-point game of the season. Getzlaf’s 19 goals are just six shy of his career high of 25, a level he hasn’t reached in five years. Noteworthy about the Ducks’ lineup versus the Islanders – they scratched Dustin Penner for the game. As well as Penner has played at different times this year; his effort and energy levels are maddeningly inconsistent. What’s more, it’s hard to believe that anyone would seriously consider him as a candidate for Canada’s 2014 men’s Olympic team, an idea floated on Hockey Night in Canada during Saturday night’s telecast. One thought on that: There are only 14 available places for forwards on Canada’s roster. If you take someone from the fringes of contention, you have to subtract someone else. Sometimes, when you listen to television analysts, it sounds as if 30 different forwards are mortal can’t miss locks to make the final cut for Steve Yzerman’s roster because they playing so well that you couldn’t possibly leave them off. Do the math people. It’s 14. That’s it. Every year, you could pick a second Canadian Olympic team that’s going to be competitive. Penner isn’t going to make it. As noted last week, if they want someone familiar with Getzlaf and Corey Perry, they’ll take Chris Kunitz of Pittsburgh, who also happens to have something going with that Crosby kid as well.

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