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Canucks rout Ducks 5-0 in Anaheim's home opener

by Curtis Zupke /

ANAHEIM, Calif. – One good home-opening spoiler deserves another.

Six days after the Anaheim Ducks handed them a disconcerting loss at Rogers Arena, the Vancouver Canucks returned the favor Friday night with a 5-0 win in the Ducks' first game of the season at Honda Center.

Daniel Sedin, Mason Raymond and Zack Kassian each scored power-play goals as Vancouver exposed Anaheim's glaring deficiency in front of a sellout crowd.

Kassian capped the power-play bonanza with a wrist shot past Jonas Hiller early in the third period after Corey Perry was given a double minor for charging and roughing at the end of the second. Vancouver went 3-for-9 on the night and has six power-play goals in four games.

"They came into our barn on our opening night and gave it to us pretty good," Raymond said. "For us, I think we did a good job. I think we had something to prove. We wanted to get back to what we thought we could do.

"I know [goaltender Cory Schneider) and myself and every other guy in here felt like we could a lot better than opening night, and I think we showed that tonight, for sure."

Raymond added his second of the night on a shot from the left circle with 4:59 to play.

Schneider, who was pulled after allowing five goals in that 7-3 season-opening home loss to Anaheim, stopped all 30 shots he faced to fully settle Canucks' fans goaltending worries.

"Nobody feels bad for me," said Schneider, who has stopped 64 of 66 shots since the season opener.

"I'm not going to feel bad for myself. I don't need pats on the shoulder all the time to say it's going to be all right. Part of your job is to bounce back mentally and be the one that repairs [himself]. Other people can't do it for you. I like to think I got past the point a while ago, but you've got to put it in practice sometimes."

Anaheim was going for the second 3-0-0 start in franchise history and the first since their 2006-07 Stanley Cup-winning season but reality set in with a penalty-killing unit that has surrendered seven goals on 16 chances.

Former Hart Trophy-winner Perry took himself off the ice for nine minutes after a fight against Keith Ballard in the third.

Asked about his level of concern with the penalty kill, Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said, "Obviously it's a little higher than it was. That's seven goals we've given up in three games. It's unacceptable in a special teams league … I know they care about it. They're mad as ever when they get scored on. I know the coaching staff is very frustrated because we work at that an awful lot. We'll get better at it. It's the only thing we can do."

The Ducks were the last NHL team to play their home opener and, after a rare three days off, their own ice seemed foreign to them during a poor second period in which passes didn't connect.

An Anaheim turnover led to a 3-0 Vancouver lead when Devante Smith-Pelly couldn't collect the puck near the net and Aaron Volpatti wristed a shot that trickled through Hiller for his third career goal.

Masked in Anaheim's 2-0-0 start was that faulty penalty-killing unit, and Vancouver exploited it with two power-play goals in the first period.

Raymond batted in his own rebound from the right side after Alexandre Burrows muscled past Luca Sbisa to deliver a cross-ice pass at 18:40. That came after Daniel Sedin scored a 5-on-3 goal at 9:13 with a one-timer off Henrik Sedin's feed through the crease with Daniel Winnik and Ryan Getzlaf in the penalty box.

Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan both owned up to the penalties, especially the early infractions, and also said there is plenty of blame to go around.

"There were a lot of opportunities tonight that could have changed the momentum," Ryan said. "Special teams have to do that, and our power play has to do that as well. Nobody's off the hook there. We're all on the line for that one."

Anaheim captain Getzlaf struck a sincere note before the puck dropped when he took the microphone and called the Ducks and Canucks players out to center ice to collectively thank the fans.

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