ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks thought 46 shots on goal
were enough to beat any team. Dan Cloutier proved them wrong.
Cloutier made 18 of his 44 saves in the second period, and Trevor Linden
assisted on goals by Jarkko Ruutu and Mike Keane as the Vancouver Canucks
extended their club-record road winning streak to seven games with a 5-2 win
Friday night over Anaheim.
"Dan's possibly been our MVP all year," Linden said. "Tonight we came in
a little tired and maybe we weren't as sharp as we could have been, but he was
on top of his game and he made the difference."
One night after limiting the Los Angeles Kings to eight shots over the first
two periods of a 3-1 victory, the Canucks allowed 33 by the Ducks before the
Cloutier stopped all 33, but lost his shutout bid when defenseman Todd
Simpson scored on a slap shot from the left point just 69 seconds into the
"Dan made the saves that he needed to make, he made the saves that he
should make, and he made a few others as well," Vancouver coach Marc Crawford
said. "Good goaltending allows your team to become very confident."
In a matchup featuring the leaders of the Northwest Division and the
last-place team in the Pacific, Henrik Sedin scored on a two-on-none breakaway
with his twin brother in the second period. Markus Naslund chased playoff MVP
Jean-Sebastien Giguere with a goal that padded Vancouver's lead to 4-0 at 13:25
of the second.
It could have been worse, but Daniel Sedin hit the left post and Henrik
Sedin hit the right post a few seconds apart with about four minutes left in
the middle period after Martin Gerber replaced Giguere.
"It's not Jiggy's fault, it's our fault," Petr Sykora said. "Jiggy's
there for us all the time, but you can't give up 2-on-0 breaks in this
Sykora scored for Anaheim with 2:45 to play, and Naslund added an
empty-netter with 35 seconds left.
The Canucks are 10-1-1 in their last 12 road games, but 0-3-1 in their last
four at home.
"I think it's more a case of simplifying our game on the road," Naslund
said. "If we simplify our game and play hard, I think we should also be
successful at home. But I think we try to put a little too much pressure on
ourselves at home and try to put on a show."
The Ducks, who have scored no more than two goals in 11 of their last 13
games, swarmed the Vancouver net for the first 91/2 minutes -- outshooting the
Canucks 12-4 and doing everything but getting the puck past Cloutier despite
plenty of rebound chances.
Cloutier also had a little luck, as Sykora's wrist shot from the top of the
right circle struck the crossbar with 13 minutes left in the period.
"We found a way to weather the storm at the beginning," Cloutier said.
"It's good to get scoring from our other lines, because it takes the pressure
off the big line."
Ruutu rewarded Cloutier for his efforts at 14:14 of the first, scoring on a
short wrist shot for a 1-0 lead after Linden got the puck behind the net from
Jason King and found Ruutu all alone in the slot. It was the fourth goal for
Ruutu, the same total he had in 85 games over the previous two seasons.
The Canucks, who scored a league-leading 87 power-play goals last season,
did not have the man advantage at any time in the game. It was the fifth time
in Ducks history that they played an entire game without using their
penalty-killing unit, and the first time since March 11, 2000, at St. Louis.
"We stayed out of the penalty box, but we still have to find a way to win
hockey games," Sykora said. "They played great as a team. They were waiting
patiently for their chances, and when they got them, they scored. They scored
on every turnover we made and we got punished for every single mistake we made