Final Score: Anaheim 3, Vancouver 1
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Jonas Hiller stopped 28 shots to help the
Anaheim Ducks take a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.
This game had no meaning for either team as both clubs are locked into their
playoff seed. Anaheim holds the second spot in the Western Conference thanks
to winning the Pacific Division, while Northwest-champion Vancouver sits third
in the conference.
"We did a great job of being in front and blocking shots. We were doing the
things you need to do to win," Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Andrew Cogliano, Brad Staubitz and Matt Beleskey each had a goal for the
Ducks, who have won three straight.
Jason Garrison scored the only goal of the game for the Canucks, who had a
two-game winning streak stopped. Roberto Luongo gave up two goals on 29 shots
in the loss.
"It is my job to make the saves, unfortunately you can make one mistake and
the game is kind of ruined," Luongo said.
After a scoreless first period, the Ducks went on top with a pair of goals in
the second stanza.
Skating on the power play, Cam Fowler sent a shot on net from the left point
that Beleskey, providing a screen in front, tipped past Luongo for his eighth
goal of the season at 6:44.
Less than two minutes later, it was a 2-0 game as Staubitz let fly with a shot
from the right wing that fooled Luongo for his first goal of the season.
The Canucks cut their deficit in half with 3:18 to play while on a 5-on-3
advantage. Ryan Kesler took a pass at the right point and skated over to the
slot before sending it back to his right where Garrison one-timed it home.
They couldn't get any closer, though, and Cogliano decided the outcome with
the empty-netter in the final minute.
Anaheim, which finished its road campaign with a mark of 14-5-5, hosts Phoenix
on Saturday to wrap up the regular season ... Vancouver went 15-6-3 at home
this season and plays in Edmonton on Saturday to finish the regular season ...
Anaheim took two of three from Vancouver this season ... Anaheim was 1-for-3
on the power play while Vancouver finished 1-for-4.
04/26 03:01:14 ET
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