The Anaheim Ducks made up for last night's disappointing OT loss with a triumphant 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. With the win, the Ducks regained the Pacific Division lead after San Jose lost in regulation this afternoon in Colorado. Luca Sbisa and Matt Beleskey scored 71 seconds apart in the first period, Saku Koivu added an insurance goal midway through the second, and Anaheim beat Vancouver 5-1 at Rogers Arena. Corey Perry scored 6:45 into the third period and set up Mathieu Perreault's power-play goal with 5:57 left. "We had so much energy today," said Ducks rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen, who improved to 17-5-0 this season. "We did most of the right things and got it deep. We won the game like that." The only downside for the Ducks was seeing captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf go to the locker room after blocking the shot that led to the 2-on-1 rush and Perreault's goal. Getzlaf, who was given a second assist on the goal, did not return for the final six minutes. Daniel Winnik added two assists and Andersen made 31 saves for the Ducks, who were coming off a 4-3 overtime loss against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night. Anaheim rested veteran forward Teemu Selanne, but it didn't matter against a Canucks team that they have dominated this season. The victory was Anaheim's 48th of the season to tie the franchise record for wins in a single season. With a 48-18-8 record, the Ducks have matched the 2006-07 team that finished with a 48-20-14 regular-season mark. In addition, the Ducks broke the club record for most road wins in a single season (23), also besting the 2006-07 team (22-14-5). "We’ve been really good at home, and we’ve been good on the road," said forward Matt Beleskey. "It’s just a good year for our team. It’s a great group. I’ve been saying it all year. It’s one of the best teams I’ve ever played with. It’s fun. We’re just getting ready for the ride now." Brad Richardson scored and Lack made 16 saves in his 16th straight start for the Canucks, who lost in regulation for the first time in five games (3-1-1) and remain five points behind the Phoenix Coyotes for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. But Vancouver has six games remaining, the Coyotes have seven and the Dallas Stars, who moved four points ahead of the Canucks, have eight left. If the Canucks miss the playoffs for the first time in six seasons, their record against the Ducks will be a big part of it. Vancouver has been outscored 21-6 while losing all four against Anaheim, including twice in early January that sparked a two-month spiral out of the playoff race. Sbisa opened the scoring 7:36 in with his first goal of the season and first in 42 games dating back to March 12, 2013. The defenseman's point shot through traffic appeared to hit a leg in front and dipped between the legs of Lack, who was screened by Kyle Palmieri. Beleskey doubled the lead two shifts later, driving to the net after his first shot was blocked and getting a nifty between-the-legs pass back from Rickard Rakell that left Beleskey with an easy empty-net goal. "That’s been our focus," said Beleskey, on depth scoring. "Four lines has been our game all year. That’s when we’re at our best. If we can keep contributing, it helps our team out a lot." Richardson, who was robbed by Andersen with the paddle of his stick on a shorthanded chance in alone earlier in the period, put the Canucks on the board with two and a half minutes later. After controlling play on the cycle, Zack Kassian dropped it back to Ryan Stanton at the point and his shot rebounded off Andersen and right to Richardson, who hit the open net from a sharp angle.
Ducks rout Vancouver 5-1, move into first in Pacific
NHL.com | Mar 30