ANAHEIM, Calif– Samuel Pahlsson and Teemu Selanne each tallied twice to lead the Ducks over the Vancouver Canucks 6-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim.
The victory gave the Ducks 90 points on the season and moved Anaheim into sole possession of fifth place in the Western Conference playoff race. The win was the Ducks' 24th at the Arrowhead Pond this season - a new franchise record.
Todd Bertuzzi (23, Naslund, Carney) got the Canucks on the board first in the contest at 8:54 of the first period with Vancouver on the power play.
Selanne (35, McDonald, S. Niedermayer) and Pahlsson (8, R. Niedermayer, Hedstrom) answered for the Ducks with goals 12 seconds apart in the first period.
Selanne beat Vancouver netminder Alex Auld on the power play for his 35th goal of the season at 11:36 and Pahlsson scored at 11:48 to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead.
Francois Beauchemin (8, Fedoruk, Getzlaf) opened up a three-goal second period when the rookie defenseman rifled a slap shot by Auld from the top of the left face-off circle to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead at 3:36.
Getzlaf (13, R. Niedermayer, S. Niedermayer) scored on the power play at 9:56 of the second to put the Ducks on top 4-1. Playing the point position on the power play, Getzlaf whistled a slap shot that was deflected by the Vancouver defense and past Auld.
The goal knocked the Canucks netminder from the game. Auld was replaced by Mika Noronen at the 9:56 mark of the second period.
Pahlsson (9, Hedstrom, Beauchemin) closed the second period scoring with his second goal of the game at 12:00. Pahlsson buried a one-timer past Noronen’s glove off a drop pass from linemate Jonathan Hedstrom. The goal gave Pahlsson his second two-goal game of his career and gave the Ducks a 5-1 lead after two periods.
Mattias Ohlund (11, Morrisson, Linden) scored for Vancouver to cut the Ducks’ lead to 5-2 at 7:53 of the third period.
Selanne (36, McDonald, Salei) got his second of game off a pass from Andy McDonald in front of the Canucks’ net at 15:26 of the third to seal the 6-2 victory.
The Ducks next face the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday at 7:30 PM at the Arrowhead Pond.
NOTES: Selanne has recorded 18 points (7-11=18) in his last nine games. Seven of the nine games have been multiple-point performances...Anaheim has scored 55 goals in their last 14 games - a 3.9 goal per game average...The Ducks have won six-straight home games which ties for the longest in club history - their last such streak was December 1-22, 2002...All fans in the sellout crowd of 17,174 received a poster to commemorate Teemu Selanne's 1,000 career NHL points courtesy of the Orange County Register.