NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Anaheim
(Wednesday, December 12th)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Anaheim 2
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Jason Jaffray registered a goal and an assist in his NHL debut to help Vancouver defeat Anaheim, 3-2, at Honda Center.
Mason Raymond recorded a goal and an assist for Vancouver, which snapped a two-game skid. Daniel Sedin also tallied and Curtis Sanford finished the game with 33 saves.
"It's unbelievable," said Jaffray, commenting on playing his first NHL game. "The expectations coming into the game, I was just hoping to play well and get the jitters out early. To be able to get an assist in the first period and the goal in the second period, exceeds my expectation. It's a good feeling right now."
Chris Pronger and Todd Bertuzzi scored for the Ducks, who have dropped two of three. Pronger added an assist and Jean-Sebastien Giguere allowed three goals on 20 shots.
Vancouver scored two goals in a span of 65 seconds to go into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead.
Jaffray and Raymond executed a perfect 2-on-1, as Raymond buried Jaffray's feed from the right circle behind Giguere with 2:25 remaining. It was Raymond's first NHL goal.
Then Sedin rifled a shot from between the circles over the glove of Giguere.
At 4:54 of the second, Jaffray, scored his first career NHL goal. Jaffray wheeled out from behind the cage, collected a loose puck near the bottom of the circle, turned and fired a shot over the right shoulder of Giguere to make it 3-0.
"We put ourselves in a hole in the first period," said Mathieu Schneider. "A couple of mistakes cost us in the first period. I think after that we certainly came out with a lot of intensity. We needed the beginning of the game, the way we finished the game. At the end of the night, that was the difference. Every night is a battle for us. Nothing's happening easily."
Pronger put the Ducks on the board 57 seconds later. Corey Perry dropped the puck to Pronger, who skated to the left circle and unleashed a bullet that banked off the far post.
Anaheim applied furious pressure in the third, outshooting the Canucks 16-1 and finally broke through with 1:31 remaining. With Giguere on the bench, Schneider's blast from the right point caromed off Bertuzzi, then the pipe then off the back of Sanford and trickled into the net.
The Canucks survived a wild finish and held on for the 3-2 win.
The Ducks continue their three-game homestand on Friday against Minnesota. Vancouver travels to San Jose on Thursday...Vancouver owns a mark of 15-3-0 when scoring the first goal and 14-0-0 when leading after two periods...Vancouver's Roberto Luongo missed the game with a rib injury...Vancouver was 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Ducks failed to score on their two chances...Before the game, Canucks senior vice-president and general manager Dave Nonis announced that center Brendan Morrison will undergo wrist surgery this week, sidelining him indefinitely. Morrison's ironman streak came to an end at 542 games, which was the longest current run in the NHL.
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