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Ducks 4, Canucks 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:15 AM

Associated Press

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Ducks 4, Canucks 2
Vancouver Canucks 2, Anaheim Ducks 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Age isn't slowing down Teemu Selanne.

The All-Star scored two goals to become the first player to have two 40-goal seasons after turning 35, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 in a hard-hitting matchup of division leaders Sunday night.

The 36-year-old Selanne has 41 goals this season after scoring 40 last season. He's reached 40 goals in seven seasons, tops among active players.

Andy McDonald also had two goals and an assist for Anaheim. Defenseman Francois Beauchemin had three assists and goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 22 saves for the Ducks, who have won five consecutive games and seven of eight.

"It was a great effort again, everyone did their jobs," Selanne said. "They're probably the hottest team in the NHL right now. It was almost like a playoff game, the intensity was there."

The Pacific Division-leading Ducks and Northwest-leading Canucks combined for 104 penalty minutes. The Ducks are 3-0-1 against the Canucks, who'd won five straight games and gone 13-2-2 in their last 17 road games.

Special teams were the difference Sunday, as Anaheim went 2-for-7 on the power play, while the Canucks were 0-7.

"We took too many penalties," Canucks forward Markus Naslund said. "They've got a lot of tough guys and they're going to play us physical. I think we obviously have to answer that, but we have to be smarter."

The loss prevented Vancouver's Roberto Luongo from becoming just the 20th goaltender in NHL history to record 40 wins in a season.

"They definitely got the bounces tonight and we didn't" said Luongo, who made 20 saves. "The last two goals were really lucky and on our side, three times the puck was behind their goalie and didn't find its way in the net."

Selanne scored his first goal 6:01 into the first period. With the Ducks working on a power play, Luongo made an initial save on a point-shot by Beauchemin, but the puck fell behind the goalkeeper where Selanne calmly tapped it in.

Alex Burrows tied the game for Vancouver 9:27 into the first with a wraparound goal following a scramble near the net.

McDonald netted his first goal on a wrist shot from the slot just as a Ducks' power play was ending at 15:44 of the first. He scored his second just 1:02 later off a goal-mouth feed from Selanne.

"Our first period was probably as strong a period as we've played in the last two or three weeks," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.

Brent Sopel swiped in a loose puck following a Vancouver power play to draw the Canucks within a 3-2 deficit 8:43 into the second.

Vancouver had a great chance to draw closer with a four-minute power play later in the second, but the Ducks did not allow a shot during the extended penalty killing effort. Anaheim has not allowed a power-play goal in its last five games.

"We could have built some momentum, but we just couldn't settle the puck down," Canucks center Bryan Smolinski said. "You have to give them credit, they are a very good (penalty killing) team and have a very good goaltender."

Selanne secured the win for the Ducks, netting his second goal of the game, by scrambling to bank in his own rebound off Vancouver defenseman Lukas Krajicek during an early third period power play.

"He's a goal scorer, he can score them in a lot of different ways," Carlyle said.

Notes: With the victory, the Ducks franchise reached the 1,000 point plateau, now having a 423-444-155 all-time record, for 1,001 points ... Luongo had set the Vancouver franchise record Friday, with his 39th win this season, a 2-1 overtime victory at San Jose. ... The Ducks were playing their third game without star defenseman Chris Pronger, who broke his left toe during a postgame workout March 4. ... Linesman Vaughan Rody suffered a torn pectoral muscle and had to leave the game after the first period. He will have surgery this week and will be out four to six months.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:01
ANA
PPG - Teemu Selanne (40) ASST: Francois Beauchemin (14), Ryan Getzlaf (24)
1 - 0 ANA
09:27
VAN
Alexandre Burrows (2) ASST: Tommi Santala (4), Trevor Linden (10)
1 - 1 Tie
15:44
ANA
Andy McDonald (21) ASST: Chris Kunitz (30), Francois Beauchemin (15)
2 - 1 ANA
16:46
ANA
Andy McDonald (22) ASST: Teemu Selanne (40), Chris Kunitz (31)
3 - 1 ANA
2nd Period
08:43
VAN
Brent Sopel (5) ASST: Daniel Sedin (37), Henrik Sedin (56)
3 - 2 ANA
3rd Period
06:04
ANA
PPG - Teemu Selanne (41) ASST: Andy McDonald (45), Francois Beauchemin (16)
4 - 2 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
02:03
ANA
Richard Jackman  Interference
05:30
ANA
Dustin Penner  Fighting
05:30
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Instigator
05:30
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Fighting
05:30
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Misconduct
08:48
ANA
Shawn Thornton  Fighting
08:48
VAN
Jeff Cowan  Fighting
10:17
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Unsportsmanlike conduct
10:17
ANA
Corey Perry  Unsportsmanlike conduct
10:17
ANA
Brad May  Roughing
13:42
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Holding
17:52
ANA
Joe Dipenta  Fighting
17:52
VAN
Jeff Cowan  Fighting
19:01
ANA
Rob Niedermayer  Elbowing
2nd Period
03:09
VAN
Jan Bulis  Tripping
05:13
VAN
Matt Cooke  Roughing
06:22
ANA
Dustin Penner  Tripping
09:22
ANA
Brad May  Holding the stick
09:22
ANA
Shawn Thornton  Roughing
09:22
ANA
Shawn Thornton  Roughing
09:22
VAN
Matt Cooke  Roughing
17:46
VAN
Tommi Santala  Hooking
19:39
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Interference - Goalkeeper
20:00
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Misconduct
20:00
ANA
Dustin Penner  Misconduct
3rd Period
05:18
VAN
Brent Sopel  Tripping
18:56
ANA
Teemu Selanne  Tripping
19:57
ANA
Sean O'Donnell  Unsportsmanlike conduct
19:57
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Unsportsmanlike conduct
19:57
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Unsportsmanlike conduct
19:57
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Unsportsmanlike conduct
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
SA: 24TOI: 58:17
Saves: 20EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 26TOI: 59:53
Saves: 24EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .923SH: 2 - 2

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