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Five Ducks score in win vs. Canucks

Anaheim ends road trip with victory against Vancouver

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

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VANCOUVER - Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen was happy to finally go home after forgetting to bring a razor on a season-high, seven-game road trip. 

Ryan Getzlaf was happy the Ducks were returning with another win. 

Vatanen, Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell each had a goal and an assist to help the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Thursday. 

Defensemen Josh Manson and Kevin Bieksa also scored for the Ducks (30-19-8), who have won four in a row and went 5-1-1 on the road trip. 

"We had a great trip going into it, but if you lose the last one, it still leaves a bitter taste in your mouth," said Getzlaf, who has three goals and nine assists during a seven-game point streak. "These are character things. When you can focus and make sure you maintain it the whole trip, it's big." 

The Ducks started the trip with a 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins but finished it with three wins in four nights in Western Canada. Anaheim is 11-1-1 in its past 13 games and two points behind the Los Angeles Kings for first place in the Pacific Division. 

"It's nice to go home," said Vatanen, scratching at 10 days of facial hair on his chin. "I can finally shave my beard. It's time to go home and clean up a little bit." 

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Anaheim has been cleaning up since Christmas. 

The Ducks were 12-15-6 going into the holiday break but are 18-4-2 since. They were the NHL's lowest-scoring team on Jan. 1 but have scored 54 goals in their past 13 games. 

"Hockey is a fun game for that, you never know what is going to happen," said Vatanen, who has two goals and five points during a four-game point streak. "But we trusted our system and we knew it was just time until it starts to bounce our way." 

Jannik Hansen and Sven Baertschi scored, and Ryan Miller made 28 saves for the Canucks (22-23-12), who are eight points out of a wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference after losing three straight and six in a row on home ice. 

"I don't think the belief will be as good, for sure," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. "You've got to win some hockey games before you get some belief." 

Gibson, who returned after missing two games with an upper-body injury, made 19 saves and was headed for his third shutout in three career starts against the Canucks until Hansen deflected a cross-ice pass over his glove 6:18 into the third period. Baertschi scored a power-play goal with 8:02 left in the period. 

"[Gibson] made a couple of big saves he had to in the first two periods," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "In the third period, I thought we got a little loose once we had the 4-0 lead. But they regained their composure and played well the last five minutes." 

Rakell opened the scoring 2:03 into the second period. He hopped over the boards as Getzlaf came off the ice with Anaheim controlling in the Vancouver end and skated right into a pass from Vatanen. Rakell beat a screened Miller over the glove from the top of the faceoff circle for his seventh goal and 12th point in the past 14 games. 

"He is getting better every night," Boudreau said of Rakell. "He controlled the puck every time he was out there. His skating, people don't realize how quick he is. He gets on you and doesn't mind finishing. We are seeing a young player developing into a real good young player." 

Video: ANA@VAN: Rakell opens the scoring early in 2nd period

Vatanen scored on a power play midway through the second, taking a cross-ice pass from Getzlaf and beating Miller over the glove from inside the top of the left faceoff circle. 

The Canucks had a chance to get back into the game on consecutive power plays to end the second period. But after ending a long drought with two power-play goals in 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, Vancouver had one shot on the two man-advantage opportunities and struggled to even get into the Anaheim end on the second chance. 

"I thought the effort was there tonight. We need better execution," said Daniel Sedin, who had two assists. "All we can do is stick up for each other and play for each other. That's key right now. I think we did that better today, way better than the last two games. That's the only way you get out of this. Everyone comes to the rink with a positive attitude, play hard and things will be better. But obviously it's tough right now." 

Anaheim broke the game open early in the third period when, after Gibson denied Hansen on 2-on-1, Getzlaf scored on the ensuing 3-on-1 rush the other way. 

Manson scored 27 seconds later to make it 4-0, tapping in his first goal in 25 games after Rakell's sharp-angled shot trickled through Miller. 

"Everybody trusts each other, and we do the same things night after night after night," Vatanen said. "We just work hard. And that's the main thing to earn the bounces: You have to do the right things on the ice and then it's going to bounce for you." 

Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano played his 679th consecutive game to move into a tie with Canucks captain Henrik Sedin for the sixth-longest ironman streak in NHL history. 

Bieksa, who is in his first season with the Ducks after playing his first 10 in the NHL with the Canucks, scored an empty-net goal from next to the Anaheim net with 2:31 remaining. 

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