Even before they became division rivals this season, thanks to the NHL’s realignment, the Ducks and Canucks have had a unique history together. Though residing in different countries, but sharing a coast, the two teams have engaged in a number of bizarre games, both regular season and playoffs.
The latest was last night, when the Ducks continued their dominance at Honda Center by reeling off nine goals in a 9-1 whitewashing of the Canucks in front of a sellout crowd.
Below is a brief history of Ducks-Canucks:
May 3, 2007
Western Conference Semifinals
Ducks 2, Canucks 1 (2 OT)
With the Ducks on the brink of eliminating the Canucks and advancing to the conference final (on the way to an eventual Stanley Cup) a tense Game 5 at Honda Center made its way to double-overtime tied 1-1. As the second overtime began, Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo (who had been outstanding up until then) didn’t emerge from the locker room and was replaced by backup Dany Sabourin for the first five minutes of the extra session. Later, we learned it was because Luongo had come down with a (ahem) sudden illness, as portrayed in this story
When Luongo ultimately returned, he played a major role in Vancouver’s undoing, despite his 56 saves on the night. About 4 ½ minutes into the extra session, Rob Niedermayer laid out Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen with a hard check, separating Hansen from the puck. Luongo turned his head to plead for a penalty call long enough to not notice that Rob’s brother Scott had picked up the puck and and wisely thrown it on net
. By the time Luongo recovered, the puck was behind him, and the Ducks pulled off the dramatic victory and moved on to the next round. October 31, 2008
Canucks 7, Ducks 6 (SO)
As if the setting wasn’t unusual enough with the presence of fans and Power Players in Halloween costumes, it would certainly become a strange game by the end of it all. In the second period alone, the Canucks turned a one-goal deficit into a three-goal lead with four unanswered, only to see Anaheim tie it with three goals in a span of 1:40.
The Ducks trailed again, 6-5, late in regulation when the Ducks emptied their net and Corey Perry squeezed the puck between Luongo and the left post with 57 seconds left. That gave way to overtime and an eventual 13-round shootout
, in which Mattias Ohlund won it with a wrist shot under the glove of Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller (a midgame replacement for ineffective starter Jean-Sebastien Giguere). That followed a whopping 22 unsuccessful attempts between the two teams, after the session started with two conversions in the first three shots. Both teams had nearly used their entire rosters before Ohlund mercifully clinched it following 11 straight stops by Luongo.January 19, 2013
Ducks 7, Canucks 3
In one of the first NHL games following the league’s 119-day lockout, the Ducks spoiled a long-awaited opening night for the Canucks. Teemu Selanne, at the age of 42, had two goals and two assists, becoming the oldest NHL player with four points in a game since Gordie Howe (also 42 at the time) tallied four in 1971.
The Canucks would get their revenge just six days later, sullying Anaheim’s own home opener with a 5-0 rout at Honda Center. "It was a weird game," said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, uttering a line that could define the all-time history between the teams.
January 5, 2014
Ducks 4, Canucks 3 (OT)
The Ducks were in grave danger of having their streak of home games without a regulation loss snapped at 18 when they trailed late in the game despite outshooting the Canucks 40-7 in the second and third periods. But Anaheim finally broke through on goalie Eddie Lack (an unusual name fitting of these teams’ history together) when Nick Bonino whipped a shot
from the slot off a diving Kevin Bieksa and into the net.
Lack was virtually Vancouver’s only hope in the game, as Luongo came down with a late injury and the Canucks had to suit up local goalie Rob Laurie of Corona as an emergency backup.
The game went to OT and appeared headed to a shootout until Ryan Getzlaf quickly and calmly shuttled the puck ahead to a streaking Corey Perry, who managed to slip the puck between Lack’s wickets
with 0.6 seconds left on the clock. January 15, 2014
Ducks 9, Canucks 1
A Ducks team that, despite its winning ways, had made a habit of falling behind early in games, scored twice in the first period and then never stopped in a 9-1 rout
of the Canucks. Anaheim added four more in the second and three more in the third, six of which came on the power play against a Canucks team that entered the night with the league’s top-ranked penalty kill. In fact, Vancouver hadn’t given up more than one power play goal in a game since November 30 vs. the Rangers.
As if the tidal wave of scoring wasn’t enough, with 7:11 left in the third and the game already in hand, Vancouver’s Tom Sestito and Jannik Hansen instigated a fight that led to 17 penalty minutes for each of them and a game misconduct for Hansen. That gave the Ducks an unusual seven-minute 5-on-3 power play in which they compassionately passed up some shots that they could have taken, but still managed to tack on two more goals before the horn mercifully sounded.
The win was the 18th out of the last 19 for the Ducks, who joined the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens as the only teams in NHL history to win 18 of 19. Anaheim also became the fourth team in 40 NHL seasons (since 1973-74) to record points in each of their first 22+ home games of a season (20-0-2).
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