Anaheim let three different leads slip away at Rogers Arena on Tuesday night and ultimately fell to the Canucks in a shootout 5-4.
All three Vancouver shooters in the shootout converted to stymie the Ducks from getting an extra point in the contest. Teemu Selanne scored on his shootout attempt, while Saku Koivu was denied by Cory Schneider.
Smith-Pelly and Rod Pelley scored less than five minutes apart early in the second period to put Anaheim ahead 4-2 and chase Roberto Luongo, who stopped just 11 of 15 shots. But the Canucks rallied after Schneider took over, with Alexandre Burrows scoring his second goal midway through the period and Lapierre tying it with 1:27 left in the period on a blind shot from the blue line that Anaheim defenseman Sheldon Brookbank deflected past Hiller with his glove.
Vancouver outshot the Ducks 16-2 after the second period but couldn’t beat Hiller, including a penalty shot by David Booth 3:38 in, until converting all three attempts in the shootout.
Burrows scored again in the first round on a backhand deke, but Selanne, playing perhaps his final week in the NHL, tied it with a perfect shot over Schneider’s glove. Defenseman Alexander Edler beat Hiller low blocker and, after Schneider stopped Koivu, Lapierre deked and lifted a backhander over Hiller’s glove to end the game.
Ryan Getzlaf snapped a 14-game goal drought for 13th-place Anaheim, which has lost three straight games.
Anaheim took two first-period leads, but the Canucks answered both quickly.
First it was Getzlaf with 6:42 left taking a between-the-legs drop pass from Perry before a subtle drag-and-shoot from 20 feet that fooled Luongo and went between his legs – just the second goal in 33 games and 10th this season for the Anaheim captain. Burrows responded 59 seconds later, and it would have been sooner had Hiller not robbed Lapierre on the doorstep. But Henrik Sedin danced around Lubomir Visnovsky on the wall and fed a behind the back pass to Burrows, who beat Hiller with a high shot through Lapierre’s moving screen.
Perry restored the lead on a power play with 3:53 left in the period, walking out of the corner unchecked to create a 2-on-1 down low before lifting a backhand over Luongo’s glove on the short side. Higgins tied it again with 1:41 left with a nifty deflection from the high slot that caught Hiller moving the wrong way.
Anaheim went back ahead 2:24 into the second period after Bobby Ryan stripped Booth of the puck along the wall and skated in off the wall before spotting Pelley all alone in the slot for a one-timer that went through a sliding Luongo. Smith-Pelly also assisted on that goal, and added his own at 7:03, after Ryan won the puck on the corner and threw a hard pass to him alone atop the crease.
That was it for Luongo, but Burrows started the comeback by sweeping a rebound under Hiller after he stopped Dan Hamhuis' one-timer. Lapierre tied it with his third goal in four games since being moved up to the top line with Sedin and Burrows in place of the injured Daniel Sedin, who missed a seventh straight game with a concussion – when Brookbank tried to glove down his arcing shot from the blue line and inadvertently deflected it past a stunned Hiller.
The Canucks had a couple of chances to take the lead, but their sputtering power play failed on all five chances, including two late in the third period -- falling to 2-for-29 in the last nine games. Anaheim finished 1-for-3 on the power play.
Vancouver also lost rookie forward Zack Kassian, who left late in the second period with an apparent upper-body injury to his right side and did not return.
NHL.com Correspondent Kevin Woodley contributed to this report.
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