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Canucks move into first in Northwest Division with win over Ducks

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - Daniel Sedin scored twice Monday as the Vancouver Canucks moved into first place in the NHL's Northwest Division with a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

His sixth goal in seven games and 17th of the season proved to be the game-winner. It came on a third-period breakaway when he intercepted a Brett Festerling pass at the Vancouver blue-line. Sedin out-raced two defenders and fired over the glove of goalie Jonas Hiller.

Sedin's goals came at even strength but Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler scored Vancouver's first two goals on the power play.

Bobby Ryan got the game's opening goal for Anaheim but Scott Niedermayer and Samuel Pahlsson drew the Ducks to within one in the third period.

Niedermayer scored by finishing off a pretty passing play with Corey Perry and Ryan during a two-man advantage.

Pahlsson banged in the rebound off Vancouver netminder Curtis Sanford after Perry picked the puck out of the air with his stick.

The Canucks had plenty of chances with the man advantage against Anaheim after going 0-for-6 in a Saturday loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Vancouver won for the third time in four games to improve to 19-12-3 while the Ducks lost for the second time in three starts to slip to 18-13-3.

Vancouver is a point ahead of the Calgary Flames who face the Ducks on Tuesday.

The Canucks took a 3-1 lead into the third period after Sedin deflected Rob Davison's point shot over Hiller.

The goal came after both Daniel and Henrik Sedin had close-in chances but fired directly at the Anaheim goalie.

Vancouver won a wild 7-6 shootout in the two clubs' earlier meeting this season, but the Ducks ran into penalty trouble and had difficulty mounting an offence in the opening 40 minutes.

The Canucks were on their ninth power play early in the third period when Sanford had to be sharp to snare a blast by Pahlsson on a solo rush. Pahlsson also had a goal disallowed because he kicked the puck into the net.

The Canucks didn't have a shot on goal until more than 10 minutes had elapsed but outscored Anaheim 2-1 in the first period with all goals coming on power plays.

Ryan, the second pick in the 2005 entry draft behind Sidney Crosby, scored his fifth goal in 16 games since being called up from Iowa of the American Hockey League.

He buried Ryan Getzlaf's centring pass into an open net during a four-on-three power play.

Raymond ended a seven-game goal drought by flicking the rebound from Mattias Ohlund's point shot behind Hiller.

Kesler got his third goal in four games and 100th NHL point off another rebound during a goal-mouth scramble when he slid the puck under the Duck goalie.

Notes: Teemu Selanne was out with a lacerated thigh muscle. His roster spot was taken by Andrew Ebbett of Vernon, B.C., a call-up from the AHL Iowa Chops. ... Centre Brendan Morrison played his first regular-season game against the Canucks after seven campaigns in Vancouver. ... Todd Marchant played his 1,000th league game. Anaheim is his fourth NHL club. He's the Ducks' leading scorer against Vancouver.

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