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Canucks fall to Ducks

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

You want to know what happened in the Canucks game and you want to know now. We get it. Here’s the bare bones recap of Vancouver’s 7-2 loss to Anaheim.

...the Anaheim Ducks scored seven unanswered goals to hand the Canucks their fifth loss in the last seven road games.

Vancouver led 1-0 just 66 seconds into the first period off Steve Bernier’s fourth goal of the season and 2-0 less than five minutes into the frame off Mason Raymond’s fourth goal, but that lead was short-lived.

The Ducks cut the lead in half before the end of the first and added three goals in both the second and third periods. It was just one of those nights for the Canucks, proof of that came in Anaheim’s seventh goal, a dump-in that hit the glass and bounced past Cory Schneider.

To add insult to injury, former Canucks forward Mike Brown scored the game-winning goal, even worse is that it was shorthanded.

Steve Bernier and Mason Raymond share the honour, although not many other Canucks were in the running.

Despite the Canucks not playing like a team, Bernier and Raymond stepped up their games and were both dangerous all night. They each scored and had three shots on goal, Bernier added two blocked shots to his totals, while Raymond dished out one hit.

In seven career games versus Anaheim, Raymond now has four goals and three helpers; he also scored his first NHL goal at the Honda Center.

Oddly enough, Bernier also thrives against the Ducks with seven goals against Anaheim, more than his total against any other team.

Aaron Rome continues to prove his versatility as the defenceman turned forward thrived up front for the second straight game for the Canucks.

With injuries wreaking havoc on Vancouver, Rome was moved up to a forward two games ago; on this night he skated alongside Mario Bliznak and Steve Bernier and was one of only seven players to not end up with a minus-rating.

Rome also threw three shots on goal, had two hits and two blocked shots.

A silver lining in Vancouver’s loss was that the Canucks managed to score on the power play for the ninth time in 14 games in October.

Mason Raymond’s power play strike ensured the Canucks remained in the top-5 in the NHL in power play percentage at 27.9 per cent. Vancouver has scored at least one power play goal in four of its last five games and of the team’s seven wins, five have come with the Canucks recording at least one power play marker.

After putting up a brick wall with 30 saves in his first start of the season Thursday night in Los Angeles, Andrew Raycroft was chased from the Vancouver net on this night.

Raycroft stopped 18 of 22 shots through two periods before making way for Cory Schneider. He didn’t tend much better allowing three goals on 15 shots in his first action of the year.

The Canucks begin November with a home game against the Northwest Division leading Colorado Avalanche.

Contrary to logic, the Avalanche have started the season with a record of 10-2-2, 10 wins more than everyone predicted they’d finish the season with. The Canucks lost to the Avs 3-0 in the second game of the season.


NUMBERS

2 – Ducks who scored their first goals of the season against the Canucks (Parros & Brown).

4 – Goals apiece for Steve Bernier and Mason Raymond this season.

7 – Unanswered goals given up by the Canucks in Anaheim.

8 – Defencemen dressed for Vancouver, Aaron Rome and Mathieu Schneider played up front.

14 – Points for the Canucks in October after finishing with a 7-7-0 record.

OFFENCE

Vancouver scored early, just not often enough to keep pace with Anaheim. 

After going up 2-0 less than five minutes into the first period, the Canucks had a difficult time getting pucks at the net with the Ducks controlling the play.

The Canucks finished with an impressive 38 shots, but 22 of them came in the third period with the visitors simply throwing anything on net.

DEFENCE

Eight defenceman dressed for the Canucks so the team had plenty of bodies on the backend, ironic this was the night they gave up seven goals.

Aaron Rome and Mathieu Schneider played up front, Rome made a positive impact, while Schneider was a minus-3 with one shot on goal.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Canucks were 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Ducks finished 2-for-2.

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