Canucks Rally Late To Top Ducks, 5-4

Jeff Tambellini scored the winner in the shootout after Ryan Kesler netted the equalizer late in regulation to give the Vancouver Canucks a 5-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

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Canucks Win Against Ducks

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) – Jeff Tambellini scored the winner in the shootout after Ryan Kesler netted the equalizer late in regulation to give the Vancouver Canucks a 5-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Tambellini scored in the first round while Joffrey Lupul and Teemu Selanne both missed the net with their attempts. Roberto Luongo then made a glove save on Corey Perry to seal the win.

Kesler finished with two goals and an assist while Tambellini and Daniel Sedin also scored in regulation for the Canucks, who have won five of their last six. Luongo stopped just 16 shots in the win.

Perry and Selanne each had a goal and an assist while Cam Fowler and Lupul both had a goal for the Ducks, who have dropped three of four. Curtis McElhinney stopped 24 shots, but the left the game after getting shaken up on Vancouver’s third goal. Jonas Hiller finished the game between the pipes and was charged with the loss after stopping 12-of-13 shots.

Vancouver was down by two, but made it a one-goal game with 8:18 to play. Christian Ehrhoff blasted a shot from the high slot that was stopped, but the rebound sat at the left side and Sedin snapped home the rebound.

The Canucks then tied the game in the final moments with the goaltender pulled when Kesler banked the puck in off of Hiller from the left side with just 22 seconds to play in regulation.

Anaheim took the initial lead in the game on Perry’s power-play goal at the 4:37 mark of the first period.

However, Vancouver scored twice in just 11 seconds to take the lead.

The first came at the 6:20 mark with Vancouver on the power play as Kesler slipped a disc past McElhinney, and Tambellini made it a 2-1 game moments later on a wrister for his fifth goal of the season.

The Ducks tied the game midway through the second as Todd Marchant left a drop pass at the top of the right circle for Lupul, who snapped a wrister past Luongo.

With just 17 seconds left in the second, the Ducks took a 3-2 lead as Perry sent a pass from the left to the right where Selanne snapped it under the bar for his 10th goal of the year.

Anaheim made it a 4-2 game at the 11:36 mark of the third as Fowler’s shot from the high slot went off a body in front and got past Luongo.

Game Notes

Anaheim hosts Calgary on Friday…The Canucks host the Lightning on Saturday…The Ducks took a 4-3 contest over Vancouver in Anaheim on October 13…Anaheim went 2-for-4 on the power play while Vancouver was 2-for-7.

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Ducks Vs. Canucks: Anaheim Looks For Win In Vancouver

(Sports Network) - After picking up just their fifth road victory of the season last night, the Anaheim Ducks will try to deal the Vancouver Canucks another loss on their current homestand as the two clubs get together tonight at Rogers Arena.

The Ducks are just 5-7-2 as the guest club this year and had to endure a marathon shootout to record a 3-2 victory in Edmonton on Tuesday night. Rookie defenseman Cam Fowler had the game-winner in the breakaway session's 10th round as Anaheim snapped a two-game slide.

"Obviously, we have a lot of guys who can put the puck in the back of the net," Fowler said. "And it was going to be a little while for me to get my chance, but I think now that [the coaches] can use me if we get deep down the roster there."

Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne, who had missed two straight and five of the last seven games with a groin injury, scored in regulation for the Ducks, who had been shutout in their previous two games and won for the second time in a row on the road following an 0-1-2 skid. Anaheim returns home for two games after this contest before embarking on a seven-game road trip.

Jonas Hiller allowed two goals on 36 shots for Anaheim.

Vancouver was denied a fifth straight victory on Sunday when it lost, 3-2, to visiting St. Louis to begin its homestand. Jannik Hansen and Kevin Bieksa scored for the Canucks and Roberto Luongo finished with 25 saves as Vancouver went 0-for-5 on the power play.

The Canucks, who are 8-3-1 at home this year, will be without forward Mikael Samuelsson for at least the next week due to a concussion sustained versus the Blues. Samuelsson has six goals and 17 points in 25 games this season.

However, forward Mason Raymond is expected to return tonight after missing Sunday's game with illness. A 25-goal scorer a season ago, Raymond has seven tallies and 17 points in 24 games this season.

"I feel a million times better than [Sunday], that's for sure," Raymond told Vancouver's website on Monday. "It's just a matter of getting the body healthy, getting some food back into myself and getting ready for Wednesday's game."

These clubs had split their four-game season series in each of the previous two campaigns before the Ducks drew first blood in 2010-11 with a 4-3 home win on Oct. 13. Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and three assists, while Hiller made 36 saves to improve to 6-3-1 with a 2.76 goals-against average in his career versus the Canucks.

Luongo made 28 saves and fell to 7-8-2 with a 2.86 GAA versus the Ducks.

Anaheim has won five of its last seven over Vancouver, but has lost four of its last six at Rogers Arena.

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