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Ducks flying up NHL power rankings

Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks congratulate each other after a recent victory....

Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks congratulate each other after a recent victory. The Ducks have accrued just three regulation-time losses in their first 18 games this season. (Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:38 PM ET

Bruce Boudreau is loving life on the sunny left coast.

And so are his Anaheim Ducks.

Showing that last year’s playoff appearance was no fluke, Boudreau’s Ducks have rocketed out to one of the hottest starts of the 2013-14 season, accruing just three regulation-time losses in their first 18 games.

Led by a revitalized Ryan Getzlaf, the Ducks have climbed all the way up to fifth in the weekly NHL power rankings, trailing just the Pens, Avs, Blackhawks and Sharks.

Here is a look at this week’s rankings. Saturday’s games not included. Last week’s rankings in parentheses.

1. San Jose Sharks (1)

Shocking loss to lowly Sabres.

2. Chicago Blackhawks (3)

Crawford making strong Olympic bid.

3. Colorado Avalanche (4)

Perfect 6-0-0 away from home.

4. Pittsburgh Penguins (2)

Injured James Neal has started skating again.

5. Anaheim Ducks (7)

Sizzling Getzlaf looks like a man on a mission.


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