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Ducks 2, Canucks 1

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Ryan Getzlaf scored the tiebreaking goal on a two-man advantage with 7:34 left, sending the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

Andy McDonald also scored and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 23 saves as Anaheim won its fourth straight game to improve to an NHL-best 19-2-6.

Rookie defenseman Alexander Edler tied the score 8:22 into the third period for the Canucks, who gave the goal right back by taking three straight penalties.

The third, to goalie Roberto Luongo for clearing the puck over the glass, gave Anaheim a 5-on-3 power play for more than a minute. Getzlaf fired a one-timer from the slot past Luongo's blocker for his second consecutive game-winning goal.

The Ducks opened a three-game road trip with a stunning comeback in Edmonton on Tuesday night, tying the game with 17 seconds to go before Getzlaf won it in overtime.

Edler's first NHL goal broke up Giguere's shutout bid. The 20-year-old intercepted Chris Pronger's clearing attempt at the right point and slapped a rolling puck through Daniel Sedin's screen in the slot and over the left shoulder of Giguere.

Luongo made 28 saves for the Canucks, who have one win and three goals in their last four games.

Luongo, pulled after giving up three goals on nine shots when Anaheim blew out the Canucks 6-0 three weeks earlier, didn't look good when McDonald beat him under the glove on the far side from a sharp angle midway through the first period. And Luongo's errant clearing attempt cost his team on the winning goal, but he kept the Canucks in the game with several brilliant glove saves.


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