NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Anaheim|
(Friday, November 11th)
Final Score: Anaheim 4, Vancouver 3
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Peter Holland potted his first career NHL goal
and it proved to be the game-winner, as the Anaheim Ducks snapped a six-game
losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center.
At the time, Holland's tally punctuated a dominant second period by the Ducks,
one in which Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo permitted four goals.
Anaheim nearly frittered away the sizeable lead after Vancouver scored
three times in the third, but wound up prevailing for only the second time in
its last 11 games (2-6-3).
The Ducks carried what looked to be a secure cushion into the final 20
minutes. But the Canucks, who were wrapping up a six-game road trip, fought
hard to create a thrilling finish.
Vancouver got on the board via the power play. A minor for too many men on the
ice put Anaheim down a man and the visitors cashed in when Kevin Bieksa fired
a shot from near the blue line past Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller at the 4:32
Less than five minutes later, Jannik Hansen scored on a deflection in front to
halve the deficit. Hansen lit the lamp again at 13:04. Hiller got bowled over
during a scramble in front of the net and was flat on his stomach when the
Canuck forward netted his second goal of the game.
The Canucks were on the power play for the final 59 seconds of regulation
after Corey Perry went off for slashing. Cory Schneider, who replaced Luongo
at the beginning of the third, was pulled to create a 6-on-4 advantage. Hiller
stopped a backhand bid from Ryan Kesler with his glove, one of his 38 saves,
to preserve the win.
"We gave them a little too much. They had lots of speed coming through the
neutral zone and our defensemen had no chance to stand up or do anything,"
Hiller said. "At the end, we found a way. That's definitely something we can
build on and get the confidence that we can win against one of the best teams
in the league."
Anaheim scored early and often after a scoreless opening frame. A forechecking
Teemu Selanne forced a turnover in the Vancouver zone and it led to Saku Koivu
scoring off a pass from Andrew Cogliano 25 seconds into the second period.
At 11:04, Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome caught Anaheim rookie Devante Smith-
Pelly with an elbow near the Ducks bench. The former was assessed a five-
minute major and a game misconduct.
The Ducks struck twice on the power play, as Cogliano and Perry beat Luongo.
Holland, Anaheim's first-round pick (15th overall) in 2009, took a feed from
Toni Lydman and fired a shot from the left circle into the far top corner of
the net with 2:38 remaining.
"We kind of shot ourselves in the foot a bit in the second period," Hansen
Anaheim forward Bobby Ryan collected his 100th career assist...Vancouver
closed out its road swing at 3-3-0...Luongo made just 15 saves...The Canucks
outshot Anaheim 22-2 in the third period...Hiller posted the fifth assist of
11/12 01:59:08 ET