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Perry's OT goal lifts Ducks past Canucks

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM -- Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf operate on an almost telepathic level, so Perry probably didn't need to let his long-time linemate know that he was open.

But Perry only did what most players would do.

Perry shouted and then slipped behind the defense and beat Eddie Lack five-hole with 1.3 seconds left in overtime to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center on Sunday night.

The Ducks were on a 4-on-3 power play and the puck came out of their zone before Nick Bonino retrieved it and got it to Getzlaf, who slid the puck to Perry for the game-winner.

"I saw a couple of seconds on the clock and just yelled for the puck," Perry said. "I knew I would shoot it right away. It wasn't hard, but it probably fooled him more than anything. It found a way in. Of all the places I shot tonight, a trickler is the one that goes in."

Perry ended a seven-game scoring drought to ruin the ending for Lack, who made 45 saves on his 26th birthday.

"I honestly thought when it went in it was over already, but I looked up at the clock and it was .6 seconds," Lack said. "That's just the kind of night we had."

Daniel Sedin said the Canucks didn't lose track of time.

"It was a quick up," Sedin said. "They're two good players. You give them time and space and they're going to make you pay."

Anaheim outshot Vancouver 44-8 over the final 44:59 minutes and forced the overtime with 1:33 left in regulation on Bonino's wrist shot from the left side after Jason Garrison couldn't clear the puck. Jonas Hiller made 17 saves and won his franchise-record 11th straight game. The last goalie to win 11 straight starts was Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes in February of 2012.

The injury-depleted Canucks were trying to become the first team this season to hand Anaheim a regulation loss at home, but the Ducks improved to 17-0-2 at Honda Center. The Ducks acknowledged they had to work extra hard for the win after another slow start.

"We'd prefer to start playing the first 20 minutes of these games," Bonino said. "We dig ourselves a hole every time, and then we allow seven or 10 shots in the last two periods combined. It's good because we have confidence that we know we can win, but we can make it a little easier on ourselves if we play a full 60 and not a 50-minute game."

Lack anchored Vancouver during a third period played almost entirely in the Canucks' zone. Anaheim put 14 shots on Lack in the first 13 minutes of the third, only to have Lack stop Perry and Saku Koivu before Francois Beauchemin hit the post.

"He's been something, hasn't he?" Vancouver coach John Tortorella said of Lack. "He brought it to another level tonight. You try to find some good stuff, that's certainly some good stuff."

Vancouver's defense is leaking to the tune of 49 shots allowed each of the past two games. Tortorella said his team "looks a little bit beat up," which was understandable after two games against the Los Angeles Kings and Ducks.

There was a common theme in the Vancouver's room, tough, other than being beat up.

"You play good teams like Anaheim and L.A, there's a lot of lessons, and they expose things in your game that aren't solid," Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis said. "We've seen that in L.A., and we talked a lot about that this morning. A lot of that has to do with our mindset. We're playing not to lose, and we've to start playing to win."

Vancouver was in position to do so. Kevin Bieksa gave Vancouver a 3-2 lead 66 seconds into the third, when his wrist shot found its way through traffic and past Hiller. Anaheim had seemingly demoralized Vancouver in the second period when it outshot the Canucks 20-2 and got goals by Saku Koivu and Beleskey to forge a 2-2 tie.

The Canucks did not put a shot on goal in the second until 2:14, when Jason Garrison sent a 60-foot floater at Hiller. Vancouver also lost Zach Kassian after teammate Tom Sestito took a run at Hampus Lindholm, missed and had his skate smack Kassian in the face. Tortorella said Kassian is day-to-day.

The first 20 minutes had Anaheim on its heels and Vancouver took a 2-0 lead on two power-play goals. Ryan Kesler one-timed Henrik Sedin's shot at 9:40 and Sedin’s shot deflected off Cam Fowler's stick blade at 11:39 on a too-many-men penalty by Anaheim.

Vancouver could have increased its lead, but Mike Santorelli missed an open net and Kassian hit the right post.

Kesler has goals in two straight games after a 10-game drought.

The Canucks were without No. 1 goalie Roberto Luongo, who was struck high by the leg of Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown in the third period Saturday when Brown crashed the net to score. Luongo stayed down for several moments after the hit, but stayed in the game.

Tortorella said Luongo is day-to-day, but Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis told reporters that it could be more than that. Lack said he was prepared to assume the No.1 role long-term.

"I guess we just have to wait and see what happens," Lack said. "If I'm back in the net Tuesday [against the Boston Bruins], I'm going to have to make the best of it, and if Lu is back, that's great.

"I have confidence in myself and I know we've got a tough month coming up here before the Olympic break. We've had a lot of injuries before and we'll just have to make the best of it."

With Luongo out, the Canucks signed Rob Laurie, 43, a local emergency goalie. He served as a backup for Anaheim last season.

Vancouver scratched Chris Higgins (illness). Anaheim's Mathieu Perreault was a healthy scratch.

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