ANAHEIM CA - OCTOBER 13: Cam Fowler #54 of the Anaheim Ducks skates with the puck against the Vancouver Canucks during their game at Honda Center on October 13 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Two Third-Period Goals Give Ducks First Win Of Season In Home Opener

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Ducks Roster Update: Lydman In, Festerling Out

Via the Ducks' official site, a couple of roster moves: Toni Lydman has been cleared to play following his vision issues, while fellow defenseman Brett Festerling has been rassigned to the Syracuse Crunch. SB Nation's Anaheim Calling reviews the impact:

After suffering from a bout of double vision and undergoing a battery of tests, Lydman was waiting for symptoms to subside and a follow up physical.  In the interim, he was not cleared for contact in practice, so it is unclear if he will be available for the Ducks' next contest, but the team sending down Brett Festerling, who was scratched for the last game, may be a positive indication for Lydman's timetable.
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From Anaheim Calling: Turning Point Tonight Came Courtesy Of Getzlaf, Ryan

In tonight's game at Honda Center, a 4-3 win by the Anaheim Ducks over the Vancouver Canucks, the turning point of the game came in the third period, writes Arthur from Anaheim Calling:

The entire tenor of the game changed, however, when halfway through the 3rd period, Bobby Ryan powered the puck into the zone on the wing and found his playmaker, Ryan Getzlaf, joining the play.  Getzlaf, in turn, outwaited the defenders and Luongo before threading a pass to Perry on the doorstep.  A little over a minute later, Bobby Ryan again took the puck, this time jumping off the bench to poke it off the stick of an advancing Sedin (I can't be bothered to discern which one) and again onto the tape of his playmaker Getzlaf, who circled the puck into the zone with Perry and a late-joining Bobby Ryan, who received the centering pass and deposited it in Luongo's five hole.  Getzlaf would finish with four points on the night.

In addition, because the Ducks scored a power-play goal, fans tomorrow can get free Oggi's sticks at all participating Oggi's Pizza and Brewing Co. for Thursday only, using this coupon.

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Perry, Ryan Spark Comeback Win By Ducks, 4-3 Over Canucks

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan scored just over a minute apart in the third period to give the Anaheim Ducks a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center.

Ryan Getzlaf finished the game with a goal and three assists while Teemu Selanne had the other goal for the Ducks, who won for the first time this season as the team opened the campaign with three straight losses on the road. Jonas Hiller made 36 saves in the win.

Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist while Christian Ehrhoff and Raffi Torres each lit the lamp for the Canucks, who have dropped two of three to start the season. Roberto Luongo was charged with four goals on 32 shots in the loss.

With the Ducks down by a goal in the third, Anaheim tied the game on a rush play. Brendan Mikkelson sent the puck from the slot to the right where Getzlaf threw it back to the left for the easy dunk by Perry at the 8:54 mark.

Just 1:18 later, the Ducks took the lead as Getzlaf stole the puck in the neutral zone, skated down the left wing, and from near the net centered the puck for Ryan, who wristed it home.

From there, Hiller made the saves and the Ducks were able to hold off the Canucks.

The Ducks struck first when Getzlaf scored on the power play just 2:41 into the game, but Vancouver answered just over a minute later on Sedin's third goal of the season.

Torres gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead just 17 seconds later on his first goal of the year.

The only goal of the second period came from the Ducks on the power play. Getzlaf held the puck at the left point and sent it to Selanne at the low left side. From there, Selanne held the puck and picked his spot, which was the right corner of the net to get the disc into the net with 4:51 left in the frame.

Hiller stopped 11 shots in the period to keep Anaheim in the contest.

Vancouver went ahead 5:23 into the third on a power-play goal from Ehrhoff as his rocket from the right point hit off the stick of Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler and snuck into the net.

Anaheim hosts Atlanta on Friday...The Canucks play in Los Angeles on Friday...Each team won twice in the series last season...Vancouver went 2-for-3 on the power play while Anaheim was 2-for-5.

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Ducks-Canucks Roster Update

Via Eric Stephens, an update on the roster situation for tonight's Ducks home opener:

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Anaheim Ducks Look For Some Home Cooking After Poor Start

(Sports Network) - After a brutal three-game road trip to start the season, the winless Anaheim Ducks aren't sure what kind of response they will get in their home opener tonight versus the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center.

Avoiding their second 0-4 start in three seasons may help them win back the home crowd.

The Ducks haven't given their fans much to cheer about over the season's first week. They have been outscored 13-2 over their first three games, getting out- shot 145-72 in that span, forcing the club to hold a team meeting before Tuesday's practice.

That meeting came one day after the club was routed, 5-1, in St. Louis. Saku Koivu had the lone goal, giving him both of the Ducks' goals this season.

Jonas Hiller allowed four goals on 34 shots faced before being lifted late in the second period. Curtis McElhinney came on in relief and stopped all but one of the 19 shots fired his way.

"We're getting the puck into the neutral ice, but we're not controlling the puck at all," Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said about the offensive struggles. "The other team has had the puck more than we have. We're not winning enough one-on-one battles."

The Ducks, who begin a three-game homestand tonight, got more bad news on Tuesday when Andy Sutton underwent surgery on a broken right thumb. The defenseman sustained the injury in a fight versus Detroit in Friday's season opener and will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks.

Anaheim had already signed veteran blueliner Andrea Lilja to a one-year deal on Monday.

The Canucks come to town having split their first two games of the season at home. After a shootout loss to the Kings on Saturday, Vancouver used two goals from Daniel Sedin to best Florida, 2-1, on Monday.

Roberto Luongo had a second straight solid game to start the season. After making 31 saves versus Los Angles, he turned aside 41 of the 42 shots faced on Monday, including 19 in the third period.

"We wanted to get a win as soon as possible," said Luongo, whose club now plays two straight on the road. "It was a tight game again and we found a way to get it done."

Luongo has struggled over his last five games against the Ducks, going 1-2-2 with a 4.77 goals-against average. However, Sedin has four goals and seven assists in his last six games against the club.

Koivu also has a six-game point streak against tonight's opponent as the Finnish center has five goals and four helpers over his current run versus the Canucks.

The Ducks won their first two games versus the Canucks last year, but Vancouver battled back to win the final two meetings. Anaheim has won four of its last seven at home in this series.

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