Ducks 4, Canucks 2
Teemu Selanne had two goals, including the final one midway through the third period.
The Ducks got two goals apiece from Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald to overtake Vancouver 4-2 in a rough-and-tumble game at Honda Center.
Several skirmishes broke out between the two teams throughout, as they totaled 104 minutes of penalty time. That included six fighting majors, six unsportsmanlike-conduct minors and three 10-minute misconducts
"These are hard-fought games," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "There is a lot of emotion and physical play on the ice. That's what stretch hockey becomes and playoff hockey becomes. It's closer to a playoff game than it is a regular season. That's just the natural beast that develops when you play that many games and you're playing a conference rival."
The Northwest Division-leading Canucks came into the game as one of the hottest teams in the NHL, with a five-game winning streak. The Ducks (42-17-11) not only snapped that, but won their fifth in a row and seventh out of eight.
Selanne opened the scoring with a power play strike at 6:01 into the first period, poking in the loose puck when Francois Beauchemin's slap shot got away from goalie Roberto Luongo. With the goal, Selanne, 36, became the first player in NHL history age 35-or-older to record back-to-back 40 goal seasons. Selanne has recorded seven career 40+ goal seasons (most among active NHLers).
Three-and-a-half minutes later, Vancouver tied things up when defenseman Alex Burrows scored just his second of the season. Burrows wrapped the puck around the Anaheim net and past J.S. Giguere
But two McDonald goals within a minute of each other later in the period gave Anaheim the lead for good. At 15:44, McDonald's wrister flew past Luongo on his stick side. Not long after the cheering died down from that goal, McDonald took a nice feed from Selanne and redirected it into the back of the net.
Chris Kunitz had assists on both of those goals, part of a Ducks' top line with McDonald and Selanne that came up big. In the previous contest, a 5-1 victory over Edmonton two nights prior, the youthful second line of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Dustin Penner did most of the scoring.
Midway through the second period, the Canucks got another goal from a light-scoring defenseman, as Brent Sopel connected on a rebound the cut the lead to 3-2. It was Sopel's first goal since arriving in Vancouver from Los Angeles at the Feb. 27 trade deadline.
But Selanne put the game away with a power play goal with less than 14 minutes remaining. Skating with the puck behind the net, Selanne shot it off Vancouver defenseman Lukas Krajicek and it bounced into the net. The power play strike was the second for Anaheim against a Vancouver team ranked first in the league in penalty killing coming into the game
"It was a great effort again," Selanne said. "Everybody did their jobs. Jiggy played really well in net. He really had some big saves. That's what it takes to win the games. I think we took one step forward again. It was a good, solid effort. I'm very happy with it.
Francois Beauchemin chipped in with three assists, the first time he had tallied that many in a game in his career.
The fighting started early in the contest and hardly let up throughout, even continuing with two seconds left in the game. As a result of that scrap, Vancouver's Henrik Sedin and Kevin Bieksa and Anaheim's Sean O'Donnell and Ryan Getzlaf received the latest of the numerous penalties, this time for unsportsmanlike conduct. Bieksa had 29 minutes worth of penalties by himself, while the Ducks' Dustin Penner picked up 17, including a 10-minute misconduct.
"I was a little surprised how physical they played and the stuff they got involved with after the whistle," McDonald said. "I think that kind of plays into our favor. We've got a physical hockey team, and we respond well when the game is physical like that."
- Tonight was Anaheim's third straight game without defenseman Chris Pronger, out with a broken toe suffered during an off-ice workout.
- With tonight's win, the Ducks reached the 1,000-point milestone. The Ducks and Ottawa Senators both reached 1,000 points in 1,022 games, the fastest among all early 1990s expansion teams.
- Tonight was the 17th straight sellout for the Ducks.
FINAL GAME LOG:
20:00 - END OF GAME - FINAL SHOTS: ANA 24, VAN 26
19:57 - Vancouver's Henrik Sedin and Kevin Bieksa and Anaheim's Sean O'Donnell and Ryan Getzlaf each get 2:00 unsportsmanlike penalties.
18:56 - ANA PEN - T. Selanne - 2 min for tripping. Vancouver's net is empty.
6:04 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - TEEMU SELANNE (41). Selanne bats the puck from behind the net off of Vancouver defenseman Lukas Krajicek and in to give Anaheim a 4-2 lead on the power play. Andy McDonald and Francois Beauchemin get the assists.
5:18 - VAN PEN - B. Sopel. 2 min for tripping.
0:00 - The third period is under way. Anaheim is on the power play for 1:40.
20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 5-15, VAN 7-17
20:00 - Anaheim's Dustin Penner and Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa are issued 10:00 misconduct penalties after a melee that ends the period.
19:39 - VAN PEN - H. Sedin - 2 min. goaltender interference. Anaheim will have six seconds of 5-on-3 hockey.
17:46 - VAN PEN - T. Santala - 2 min. hooking. Anaheim is 1-for-4 on the power play.
9:22 - Anaheim's Shawn Thornton picks up a 4:00 roughing penalty and Brad May picks up holding the stick minor after another melee. Matt Cooke is issued a roughing minor for Vancouver. The Canucks have a 4:00 man advantage.
8:22 - VANCOUVER GOAL - BRENT SOPEL (5). Sopel bangs home a rebound to cut the Anaheim lead to 3-2. Assists on the goal go to Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
6:22 - ANA PEN - D. Penner - 2 min. tripping. The teams will skate 4-on-4.
5:13 - VAN PEN - M. Cooke - 2 min. roughing. Cooke punches Dustin Penner while the Anaheim forward is lying on the ice. This is Anaheim's fourth power play - they are 1-for-3.
3:09 - VAN PEN - J. Bulis - 2 min. tripping.
0:00 - The second period has begun. Vancouver starts with 1:02 of power play time remaining on Rob Niedermayer's elbowing minor.
20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 10, VAN 10. In total seven minors, six fighting majors and a 10:00 misconduct were tallied up by both teams in the period.
19:01 - ANA PEN - R. Niedermayer - 2 min. for elbowing. Vancouver is 0-for-2 on the power play today.
17:52 - Anaheim's Joe DiPenta gets into it with Jeff Cowan who already fought Shawn Thornton this period. Both men get fighting majors. Cowan jaws with Brad May and Thornton on the Ducks' bench on his way to the Vancouver dressing room.
16:46 - ANAHEIM GOAL - ANDY MCDONALD (22). McDonald gets a feed in front from Teemu Selanne and buries it for his second goal of the game. Selanne and Chris Kunitz get the assists.
15:44 - ANAHEIM GOAL - ANDY MCDONALD (21). McDonald beats Roberto Luongo stick-side with a wrist shot to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead. The assists go to Chris Kunitz and Francois Beauchemin.
13:42 - VAN PEN - H. Sedin - 2 min. holding. Anaheim is 1-for-1 on the power play.
12:55 - Francois Beauchemin saves a goal by sliding through the crease and clearing the loose puck from a Trevor Linden shot. The game stays tied.
10:17 - After a melee in front of the Vancouver net - the following penalties are issued: Vancouver - A. Burrows - 2 min. unsportsmanlike conduct. Anaheim - B. May 2 min. roughing and C. Perry - 2 min. for unsportsmanlike conduct. Anaheim gets the extra two minutes giving Vancouver their second power play. May and Burrows have words between the boxes causing the linesman to break up the chat.
9:27 - VANCOUVER GOAL - ALEX BURROWS (2). Burrows wraps the puck around into an open Anaheim net to tie the contest 1-1. The assists go to Tommi Santala and Trevor Linden.
8:48 - Anaheim's Shawn Thornton and Vancouver's Jeff Cowan engage in the game's second fight. This tilt has a little more to it as Thornton connects with a couple solid right hands. Both men get fighting majors.
6:01 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - TEEMU SELANNE (40). Francois Beauchemin's slap shot from the point squirts through Luongo's legs and Selanne puts the loose puck home. With the goal, Selanne becomes the first player in NHL history age 35+ to record back-to-back 40 goal seasons. The Finnish Flash has recorded seven career 40+ goal seasons (most among active NHLers). The assists on the goal go to Beauchemin and Ryan Getzlaf.
5:30 - Anaheim's Dustin Penner and Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa mix it up after Bieksa takes exception to a hit Penner put on Tommi Santala in the corner. Bieksa gets the instigator and winds up with the 10:00 misconduct. The Ducks go on their first power play. The Ducks are operating at 21.7% with the man advantage (3rd NHL).
2:03 - ANA PEN - R. Jackman - 2 min. interference. Vancouver is operating at 17.6% with the man advantage (18th NHL) and Anaheim is killing at 84.5% (8th NHL).
0:00 - The Ducks and Canucks are under way at Honda Center.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA 35 JS Giguere, VAN 1 R. Luongo
Scratches: ANA 16 G. Parros, 22 T. Marchant, 25 C. Pronger, 38 R. Shannon; VAN 18 R. Fitzpatrick
Referees: 39 G. Dwyer, 34 B. Meier
Linesmen: 73 V. Brody, 86 B. Lazarowich