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Ducks lose to Canucks, fall out of third in Pacific Division

Sutter has two goals, assist in Vancouver win

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The Anaheim Ducks fell out of third place in the Pacific Division and into the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference with a 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.

Andrew Cogliano scored, and John Gibson made 26 saves for the Ducks (39-25-13), who gave up three goals in the third period and lost in regulation for the first time in seven games (5-1-1).


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"It's frustrating. This is the time of year we want to be playing our best," Ducks defenseman Josh Manson said. "Those are crucial points, so obviously not the outcome we're looking for but we're still not in a terrible spot."

Anaheim is tied with the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues in points but the Kings, with more regulation and overtime wins, and the Blues, with one fewer game played, each hold the tiebreakers ahead of the Ducks. Anaheim is one point ahead of the Colorado Avalanche, who are ninth in the Western Conference and have played one fewer game than the Ducks.

Anaheim hosts the Kings on Friday and the Avalanche on Sunday.

"We've got probably two of the biggest games of the year coming up," coach Randy Carlyle said. "That pretty much sums it up. It's desperation time for everybody and we're going to have to play to a higher level than we did tonight."

Video: ANA@VAN: Biega scores to end lengthy drought

Brandon Sutter had two goals and an assist, Sam Gagner and Alex Biega scored, and Jacob Markstrom made 23 saves for Vancouver (28-40-9), which has won three of its past four games (3-0-1) after losing the previous seven (0-7-0).

"It's tough when you're not playing meaningful games, but at the same time for us they are meaningful in a way," Sutter said. "We didn't like the way we finished last season and the last couple weeks, and this has a completely different feel. It's something to get excited about."

Biega scored his first goal in 132 games, dating to his first NHL game, Feb. 16, 2015, on a point shot through traffic at 3:03 of the third period for a 2-1 lead.

"It's always nice, especially since I've been trying to work on my shot the past two years," Biega said. "I thought we played an awesome game for the most part."

Sutter made it 3-1 by converting his own breakaway rebound at 8:30, and scored his second goal into an empty net with 15.5 seconds left for a 4-1 lead.

"Not sure how I managed to put it off the side of the post, but I just stayed with it and tried to get it above the goal line, get it on net," Sutter said. "There's still some energy in the room here to play well."

Gagner gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead at 10:07 of the first period after a spinning, no-look shot by Daniel Sedin left him with an empty net on the rebound to Gibson's right.

Cogliano tied it 1-1 with 2:54 left in the second when Francois Beauchemin's high dump-in hit a stanchion and bounced into the slot with Markstrom caught behind the net.

"They played well but we didn't execute with the puck, it was just sloppy," Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said. "It got better in the second period but then they got one in the third and we weren't able to regroup."

Video: ANA@VAN: Gagner strikes on D. Sedin's big rebound


Goal of the game

Sutter's goal at 8:30 of the third period.

Video: ANA@VAN: Sutter puts home his own rebound


Save of the game

Markstrom's save on Cogliano at 8:59 of the second period.

Video: ANA@VAN: Markstrom turns away Cogliano on the rush


Highlight of the game

Gibson's save on Sedin at 14:10 of the second period.

Video: ANA@VAN: Gibson extends pad for toe save


They said it

"We need to develop some momentum shifts. We've got to play in the offensive zone and get some juice flowing through the team. It seems like we're stuck in the mud a little bit and we can't get ourselves out of it. It makes you scratch your head. Why can't we do it more often, with more consistency. That's kind of the mystery of our team and it's frustrating at times." -- Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler


"We have to continue playing the right way for 60 minutes, and when we do that we can play with the top teams." -- Canucks defenseman Alex Biega


Need to know

Ducks forward Troy Terry made his NHL debut on a third line with Adam Henrique and Ondrej Kase one day after signing a three-year, entry-level contract. He had two shots on goal in 12:30. The 20-year-old had 48 points (14 goals, 34 assists) in 39 games at the University of Denver this season, and five assists in five games for the United States at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. … Canucks forward Adam Gaudette, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract Monday after leading the NCAA with 60 points (30 goals, 30 assists) this season with Northeastern, will make his NHL debut Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers.


What's next

Ducks: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Friday (10 p.m. ET; SN1, PRIME, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Canucks: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; SN1, SNE, SNO, SNP, NHL.TV)


Video: Sutter scores twice as Canucks top Ducks, 4-1

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