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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jakob Silfverberg scored two goals as the Anaheim Ducks blitzed the New York Rangers 6-0 Thursday night before a sellout crowd of 17,179 in the home opener at Honda Center.

The Rangers (1-3-0) were clobbered for the second game in row. They lost 9-2 to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

The Ducks (3-1-0) captured their third consecutive win after opening the season with a 6-1 setback to the Avalanche in Colorado. Thursday's final score represented their largest margin of victory in an Anaheim home opener.

Jonas Hiller stopped 34 shots for his 17th career shutout.

Ryan Getzlaf got the Ducks rolling early, scoring at 5:06 of the first period. The Anaheim captain converted a pass in front of the net from Corey Perry for his first goal of the season.

The Ducks struck again four minutes later when Silfverberg scored on assists from 43-year-old Teemu Selanne and Mathieu Perreault, who each finished with two assists.

Center Daniel Winnik made it 3-0 with a wrist shot from behind the circle at 11:36 of the first.

Silfverberg scored his second goal and fourth of the season at 1:27 of the second when he corralled a rebound and ripped a shot into an empty net moments after goalie Henrik Lundqvist vacated it and chased the loose puck and failed to retrieve it in time.

Anaheim added two more goals in the second by Saku Koivu and Dustin Penner. Penner later left the game with a lower-body injury.

The Ducks were simply quicker and much more active than the Rangers from the start. They outshot the Rangers 17-3 in the opening period and dominated the rest of the way.

Lundqvist finished with 31 saves.

NOTES: Rangers LW Rick Nash missed the game with a concussion. Nash took an elbow to the head from San Jose D Brad Stuart in Tuesday's 9-2 rout by the Sharks. Nash is also expected to miss Saturday's contest against the Blues in St. Louis. ... Ducks LW Matt Beleskey and RW Kyle Palmieri, both of whom have upper-body injuries, did not play. ... The home opener was the final one for Selanne, who is retiring at the end of the season. Selanne received a rousing ovation during player introductions. ... Thursday's game was the first meeting between the two clubs since the Rangers won a 2-1 shootout in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 3, 2011. It was the teams' first game at Anaheim since a 5-2 Ducks victory on March 9, 2011. ... The Ducks improved to 15-6-5 against the Rangers, 9-2-2 at Honda Center.

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