NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Anaheim
(Wednesday, March 12th)
Final Score: Anaheim 4, Vancouver 1
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Travis Moen registered a goal and an assist, as the Anaheim Ducks won their franchise-record eighth straight home game with a 4-1 decision over the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center.
Todd Marchant registered a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who haven't lost at home since a 4-2 setback to Dallas on February 15. Rob Niedermayer and Doug Weight also scored, and Jonas Hiller stopped 30-of-31 shots to pick up the win.
"This team has always played well at home. To keep that going is great," Moen said about the home winning streak. "It seems like we always come out to good starts lately in our barn. It was good to come out and get a three-goal lead."
Anaheim is two points behind idle San Jose for first place in the Pacific Division and currently stands fifth overall in the Western Conference.
Mason Raymond lit the lamp for the Canucks, who had a three-game winning streak halted. Roberto Luongo allowed four goals on 19 shots before he was lifted in favor Curtis Sanford, who finished the game with 12 saves.
"The good thing is that we play tomorrow night right away," Luongo said. "We have a chance to put it behind us and focus right away for tomorrow night's game (at Phoenix), which is obviously a huge game for us."
Vancouver is eighth in the conference, one point shy of seventh-place Minnesota and two points up on ninth-seeded Nashville.
The Ducks raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first period.
As Vancouver's power play expired, Chris Kunitz cleared the puck out of Anaheim's zone, relieving the pressure. Marchant, who was serving the minor penalty, jumped out of the box and outraced Luongo to the loose puck at the left circle and slid it into the wide-open net with 9:07 remaining.
While down a man, Moen moved to the left faceoff dot and snapped a quick wrister up and over the glove hand of Luongo with 6:43 left. It was Anaheim's eighth short-handed goal of the season and first of Moen's career.
Niedermayer expanded the Ducks' lead to 3-0 when slammed home a rebound with 3:11 to go, but Raymond answered with a power-play goal 56 seconds later.
Anaheim restored its three-goal cushion in the second period. With the Ducks on the power play, Teemu Selanne let go a shot that caromed off the crossbar and the chest of Weight, who was perched at the right shot of the goal. Weight allowed the puck to settle down before jamming it past the left pad of Luongo at the 4:03 mark.
Anaheim defenseman Kent Huskins played in the 100th game of his NHL career...Defenseman Scott Niedermayer appeared in his 200th game as an Anaheim Duck...Hiller picked up the secondary assist on Marchant's tally for the first point of his NHL career...Vancouver won the four-game season series (3-1-0)...Anaheim went 1-for-4 on the power play...Vancouver finished 1-for-6 with the man advantage.
03/13 02:01:10 ET