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NHL Recap: Canucks shoot down Ducks

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Vancouver:2  Anaheim:1

The Vancouver Canucks took on the Anaheim Ducks Friday night coming off a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Kings, while the Ducks are riding a 3 game win streak, including shutouts by goaltender John Gibson in his last two starts. Despite Gibson’s shutout streak, coach Bruce Boudreau decided to go with Frederik Andersen in net, making his first appearance since December 21.

Former Canuck Ryan Kesler scored what would be the only goal for the Ducks, putting the puck past Canuck goaltender Jacob Markstrom. Ducks forward Chris Stewart received the puck right in the slot and waited for Markstrom to come out of the net before sliding the puck to Kesler, who netted the puck with only seconds remaining on the powerplay.

The Ducks would hold the 1-0 lead until midway through the third period, when Canucks defenseman Christopher Tanev scored on Andersen. With just over 10 minutes remaining in the game, Alexandre Burrows passed the puck to Tanev before heading to the front of the net and screening Anderson. Tanev shot the puck from the right point, through traffic and past Andersen to tie the game at 1. Nobody would score during the 3 on 3 overtime, and the game headed to a shootout.

Burrows shot first for the Canucks, beating Andersen on the blocker side to open the shootout. Andersen would stop Radim Vrbata and Linden Rey, but Markstrom would stop Kesler, Jakob Silfverberg, and Corey Perry to give the Canucks a 2-1 victory.

THREE STARS:

  1. Christopher Tanev– 1 goal, 0 assists
  2. Mike Santorelli– 0 goals, 1 assist
  3. Alex Biega– 0 goals, 0 assists