NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Vancouver
(Monday, April 10th)
Final Score: Anaheim 4, Vancouver 2
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 39 saves and Andy McDonald had a goal and two assists, as the Mighty Ducks clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne each had a goal and an assist for Anaheim, which sits in fifth place in the Western Conference with 96 points, three ahead of the San Jose Sharks.
Rob Niedermayer also scored for the Ducks, who have won two straight and five of their last six overall. Anaheim now trails the fourth-place Nashville Predators by two points for home-ice advantage in the playoffs.
Ryan Kesler and Anson Carter scored goals for Vancouver, which has lost four of its last five games and remain two points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 89 points. Alex Auld allowed four goals on 18 shots in the loss.
Anaheim scored three goals in the opening period to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. Just 35 seconds into the contest, Scott Niedermayer's soft wrister from the right point beat a screened Auld low to the glove side for the 1-0 lead.
Niedermayer's brother, Rob, made it a 2-0 game after taking a pass in front from Corey Perry and pushing the puck past Auld low on his stick side at 10:34 of the first.
On a 5-on-3 power play, Selanne and McDonald formed a 2-on-1 down low and from the right side of the net, Selanne slid the puck across to McDonald, who easily tapped the puck into the net before a sliding Auld made it across the crease.
The Ducks made it a 4-0 game 7:47 into the middle session. At the left half- wall, Selanne's centering pass to in front hit off of Vancouver defenseman Keith Carney's leg and past a stunned Auld.
"My teammates made it easy on me by going up 4-0," said Giguere. "Its always easy when that happens. I felt pretty good tonight. I wanted to have a strong game. This was a huge game for us."
Vancouver finally got on the scoreboard at the 13:41 mark of the second as Kesler netted a power-play goal, his 10th tally of the season.
Giguere was peppered with shots in the second period and he stood tall with 20 saves.
In the final frame, the Canucks cut their deficit in half at 4-2 as Carter pushed a rebound in front on the power play through Giguere's five hole with 13:46 remaining.
"That was a huge game and we didn't get the result we wanted," said Auld. "We have to stay positive here and keep our heads up. I thought we played a great game as a team. Their goalie was tremendous and we weren't able to capitalize. And obviously that's not the start we wanted."
The Mighty Ducks advanced to the playoffs for the fourth time in their 12-year history...Anaheim improved to 3-1 against Vancouver this season and has won six of the last nine meetings overall...The Ducks have also won in four consecutive trips to GM Place...Selanne has 39 goals and 49 assists on the campaign...Vancouver will play a crucial home-and-home series Wednesday and Thursday against San Jose.
04/11 02:12:55 ET