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Canucks 3, Ducks 2 (OT)

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Daniel Sedin scored on the power play 2:19 into overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Ducks on Tuesday at Honda Center.

Tim Brent and Chris Kunitz scored for the Ducks who dropped to 35-16-10. For the second-straight game, Anaheim picked up one point and remains the top team in the Pacific Division with 80 points.

Brent picked up his first career marker to give Anaheim the lead at 6:51 of the first period. Brent, who was called up from Portland of the American League on Monday, fished a puck out from his knees to the right of Vancouver goaltender Dany Sabourin and stuffed it in to give the Ducks the early 1-0 lead.

The Canucks tied the contest as a result of Brent and Sean O'Donnell's simultaneous holding minors in the second period. On the ensuing 5-on-3 power play, Kevin Bieksa got a wrist shot past JS Giguere from the top of the circles at 7:05 of the second.

With time winding down in the second period and Anaheim on their fourth power play, Kunitz put the Ducks in front again with his 21st goal of the season. Kunitz swept a pass through the crease that deflected off the stick of Vancouver defenseman and in the net with just 6.2 seconds remaining in the period to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead.

Markus Naslund pulled the Canucks even again at the 4:06 mark of the third period. The veteran forward walked in and beat Giguere stick-side for his 20th goal of the season to make it 2-2.

The Canucks went on their fourth power play of the game when Scott Niedermayer was whistled for hooking at 1:33 of overtime. On the power play, Sedin one-timed the rebound of a shot off the end glass and scored for his 26th goal of the season.

The Ducks next travel to Dallas to face the Stars on Friday at 5:30 p.m.





1:33 - ANA PEN - Scott Niedermayer - 2 min for hooking.  Vancouver goes on their fourth power play - they are 1-for-3 tonight. 

0:00 - Overtime is under way.


20:00 - END OF 2RD PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL - 10-40, 7-29

4:06 - VANCOUVER GOAL - MARKUS NASLUND (20).  Naslund beats Giguere blocker-side to tie the contest for the Canucks.  The goal is unassisted.

0:00 - The third period is under way at Honda Center.


20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 17-30, VAN 14-22

19:53 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - CHRIS KUNITZ (21).  Chris Kunitz slides a pass through the Vancouver crease that hits the stick of Vancouver defenseman Willie Mitchell and in to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead with 6.2 seconds remaining.  Assists on the goal go to Teemu Selanne and Chris Pronger.

18:34 - VAN PEN - Brendan Morrison - 2 min. for cross checking.  Anahiem goes on their fourth power play.

7:05 - VANCOUVER GOAL - POWER PLAY - KEVIN BIEKSA (9).  Bieksa lets a wrist shot go from the top of the circles that gets between the legs of JS Giguere.  Assists go to Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

6:45 - ANA PEN - Tim Brent - 2 min. for holding.  The Canucks will have a full 2 minute two-man advantage.

6:45 - ANA PEN - Sean O'Donnell - 2 min. for holding.

0:00 - The second period has begun between the Ducks and Canucks at Honda Center.



14:37 - ANA PEN - Scott Niedermayer - 2 min. for interference.  Vancouver goes on their first power play.  The Canucks have a 17.5% efficient power play (T-15th NHL).  Anaheim is killing at 84.6% (7th NHL)

10:36 - VAN PEN - Brendan Morrison - 2 min. for hooking.  Anaheim will have 1:12 of two-man advantage.

9:48 - VAN PEN - Willie Mitchell - 2 min. for hooking.  Anaheim goes on their second power play.

5:51 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TIM BRENT (1).  Brent gets his first career NHL goal to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead.  Brent fishes a puck out from his knees at the side of the Canucks' net and jams it off Dany Sabourin and in.  The assists on the goal go to Dustin Penner and Ryan Shannon.

5:23 - The Ducks lines up front have Tim Brent centering Dustin Penner and Ryan Shannon.  The other three forward lines are in tact (Selanne-McDonald-Kunitz, R. Niedermayer-Paulsson-Moen, Perry-Getzlaf-Thornton).  As expected, Chris Pronger is in the Ducks lineup and taking a regular shift after taking a slap shot to the chin in Sunday's contest versus Los Angeles.

4:03 - VAN PEN - Willie Mitchell - 2 min. for hooking.  Anaheim goes on their first power play.  The Ducks are operating at 21.2% with the man advantage (3rd NHL).  The Canucks are killing at 88.9% (1st NHL).

0:00 - The first period is under way at Honda Center.


Starters: ANA G 35 JS Giguere, D 27 Scott Niedermayer, D 23 Francois Beauchemin, RW 8 Teemu Selanne, C 19 Andy McDonald, LW 14 Chris Kunitz; VAN G 35 Dany Sabourin, D 2 Mattias Ohlund, D 6 Sami Salo, RW 7 Brendan Morrison, C 16 Trevor Linden, LW 24 Matt Cooke

Scratches: ANA D 5 Ric Jackman, RW 16 George Parros, C 22 Todd Marchant; VAN C 26 Tommi Santala, C 37 Brandon Reid


A winning streak has put the Vancouver Canucks alone in first place in the Northwest Division. Another loss to the Anaheim Ducks could prevent them from staying there very long.

Winners of four straight, the Canucks look snap a five-game skid against the Ducks when they continue their season series Tuesday night.

Vancouver (34-21-4) hasn't lost since falling 3-0 to Chicago on Feb. 7. The Canucks' latest win, 5-4 over Colorado on Sunday night, moved them two points ahead of Calgary in the Northwest.

The Flames play at Colorado on Tuesday, while Vancouver will be trying to earn its first victory over Anaheim (35-16-9) since a 3-2 road win Nov. 20, 2005.

"Everyone talks about first place, first place. Yeah, we want to end up there, but our focus has to be on our play," Canucks center Brendan Morrison told the team's Web site.

Henrik Sedin scored the tiebreaker 1:31 into the third period Sunday and Brendan Morrison added his second goal of the game on a power play 2:20 later to lift Vancouver.

Matt Cooke had a goal and two assists for the Canucks, giving him two goals and four assists during a four-game point streak.

Roberto Luongo gave up all four goals, but faced 36 shots as Vancouver struggled defensively. Luongo went 3-0-0 with a 1.59 goals-against average in his previous three games.

"I'm happy with the win, but I don't think we played sharp," Canucks forward Markus Naslund said. "We've got to cut down on the mistakes."

Luongo is 4-4-0 with a 1.99 GAA in nine starts against Anaheim.

The Pacific Division-leading Ducks will look to bounce back against a Canucks team they've outscored 8-1 in beating it twice this season.

Anaheim had won two in a row before a 4-3 overtime loss to Los Angeles on Sunday night. Teemu Selanne scored his club-record 301st goal with the Ducks.

"Obviously, it's an honor with all the great players who have been here. It's a really nice bonus," said Selanne, who topped the previous mark set by former linemate Paul Kariya.

The goal was Selanne's 36th of the season and 17th in his last 21 games. He has four goals and four assists in his last three games after being held scoreless in the previous two.

Selanne has three goals and four assists in his last five contests against Vancouver.

Anaheim defenseman Chris Pronger was struck in the face and throat by a slap shot 48 seconds into overtime Sunday and left the ice, but the injury wasn't serious.

"The majority of the puck hit him in the chin, so we were fortunate in that respect," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "It didn't do as much damage as we thought it did at first."

Chris Kunitz scored for Anaheim at 1:54 of the second period. It was his 20th, giving him one more than he had as a rookie last season.

The Ducks are 7-0-0 against the Canucks when Kunitz plays, although the forward has only one goal and one assist in those games.

- Associated Press

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