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Game 48: California Nightmare

by Daniel Fung / Vancouver Canucks
Joacim Ericsson is never going to forget his NHL debut no matter how hard he tries to.

The Canucks' third string netminder, making his first appearance in an NHL game on Wednesday after taking over early in the second period from starter Eddie Lack, allowed six goals on 31 shots as the Ducks rolled over the Canucks by a dominating 9-1 score.

Zack Kassian scored the only goal for the Canucks, who suffered their second consecutive loss to begin their three-game road trip and now have just one win in their last nine outings overall.

To be fair, Wednesday's contest was already out of well out of hand by the time Ericsson took over in net. The Canucks, coming off one of their stronger performances of the season in their 1-0 loss to the Kings on Monday, put up very little in the way of a fight on Wednesday against the Ducks.

Vancouver began the game strong – Ryan Kesler hit the post 10 seconds into the game and the trio of Mike Santorelli, David Booth and Dale Weise had a few solid shifts resulting in scoring opportunities – but that was the extent of the positives on this night.

Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne and Nick Bonino each had two goals apiece, while Andrew Cogliano, Jakob Silfverberg and Sami Vatanen each added singles for the Ducks, who extended their win streak to eight games and improved their home ice record to a sparkling 20-0-2.

The game degenerated into a circus late in the third period as the Canucks were assessed 58 minutes worth of penalties within the last 7:11 of the period.

Lack was chased from the goal after giving up three goals on 13 shots.

Frederik Andersen, starting the game in place of Jonas Hiller who was a late scratch due to illness, stopped 31 of 32 shots in the victory.

The Canucks conclude their three-game road trip on Thursday night in Phoenix.

The nine goals put up by the Ducks on Wednesday were the most they've ever scored in a game against the Canucks. Their previous high in a game versus Vancouver was seven accomplished three times, most recently back on January 19, 2013.

WRONG WAY RECORDS: The six power play goals surrendered by the Canucks tied an all-time high by a Canucks' opponent. The only other time the Canucks have allowed six power play goals in the same game way back on November 29, 1984 in a game against the Los Angeles Kings. Four of those power play goals against came in the second period, which also set a new record for most power play goals in a single period by a Canucks' opponent.

NOTES AND NUMBERS:David Booth returned to the lineup after sitting out the previous three games as a healthy scratch. He finished the night with four shots, three hits and an assist in 11:44 of ice-time... Zack Kassian's second period goal snapped the Canucks' scoreless drought at 114:02... The Ducks are four home games away from potentially tying the 1979.80 Philadelphia Flyers for longest point streak on home ice to start a season. If all goes according to plan, they could equal that record when they host the same team that set the record on January 30 and potentially break the record two nights later on February 1 when they host the Dallas Stars.

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