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Ducks 6, Canucks 0

Thursday, 11.09.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Ducks 6, Canucks 0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 20 saves for the Anaheim Ducks, who beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-0 Thursday night and remained unbeaten in regulation for an NHL-record 16th game.

Ryan Getzlaf netted two goals, and Shane O'Brien, Chris Kunitz, Samuel Pahlsson and Todd Marchant also scored as the Ducks improved to 12-0-4 - topping the league's previous best start of 15 games by the 1984 Edmonton Oilers (12-0-3).

The Ducks have benefited from the new standings and the elimination of ties. Anaheim has been beaten once in overtime and three times in shootouts.

Vancouver, hurt by injuries on defense, has lost four of five.

Already missing Sami Salo (knee sprain) and Willie Mitchell (post-concussion symptoms), the Canucks said Thursday they will be without Rory Fitzpatrick for four to six weeks with a broken left foot.
 
While the Ducks boast a defense anchored by Norris Trophy winners Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger, the Canucks countered with Nathan McIver and Patrick Coulombe - a pair of 21-year-old players making their NHL debuts - and 20-year-old Alexander Edler in his third game.

It didn't help when O'Brien's pass from the point bounced in off the back of the skate of Canucks forward Matt Cooke at the side of the net just 5:34 in.

Kunitz beat Roberto Luongo with a quick shot from a sharp angle to make it 2-0 about 10 minutes later, and Samuel Pahlsson ended the goalie's night with a goal 5:33 into the second.

Luongo, who had played 15 of the first 16 games, made just five saves before being pulled for the first time since joining the Canucks during the offseason. Dany Sabourin took over and stopped 11 of the final 14 shots.

Getzlaf beat him early in the third on a 2-on-1 feed from Scott Thornton, who had two assists, and again on a deflection to round out the scoring. In between the two goals, Marchant banged a loose puck over the goal line after Pronger's point shot trickled past Sabourin.

Giguere only needed to make a handful of good stops for his second shutout of the season. He had a couple of good saves during a flurry early in the second period, then got some help from his penalty killers as Vancouver failed to register a shot during a lengthy 5-on-3 advantage.

Vancouver has only eight goals in five games.

Notes

O'Brien also had two assists, matching his total through the first 15 games. ... Salo is practicing and could return as soon as Saturday against Calgary. Mitchell has resumed skating on his own, but continued to experience headaches this week. ... Marchant was taken to the locker room after being hit in the face by Mattias Ohlund's dump-in early in the first period. He later returned.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 46 15 35 12 50
C. Perry 32 19 12 15 31
R. Kesler 47 13 17 -2 30
S. Vatanen 47 10 19 3 29
M. Beleskey 46 17 7 12 24
C. Fowler 46 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 39 4 18 1 22
H. Lindholm 46 5 14 13 19
J. Silfverberg 47 6 12 2 18
D. Smith-Pelly 41 4 11 5 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 26 6 5 .917 2.30


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