ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 29: Andrew Gordon #41 of the Anaheim Ducks is surrounded by Alex Burrows #14, Sami Salo #6, and Alexander Edler #23 of the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Honda Center on December 29, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The Anaheim Ducks played back-to-back games against first-place teams on Monday and Thursday. Although they were able to pull of the upset against San Jose, they did not fare quite as well against Vancouver.
The Ducks continued their rough four-game week on Thursday night as they hosted the tough Vancouver Canucks just a few nights after upsetting the fist-place San Jose Sharks on the road. Sadly, that win did not carry over to the game against the Canucks, as they were handed yet another loss by a final score of 5-2. With the loss, the Ducks fall to 10-20-6.
The Ducks started off in a hole early on, as Henrik Sedin notched his 10th goal of the season just 1:11 into the first period. Cody Hodgson would add another at 18:29 and Anaheim headed into the first intermission down 2-0.
Things got no better in the second period. Mason Raymond and Daniel Sedin scored goals within five minutes of one another, while the Ducks came up empty despite taking 13 shots on goal to just eight from the Canucks. The Ducks were down 4-0 with just one period left to play.
Anaheim woke up in the third period, but it was too little, too late. Bobby Ryan hit a slap shot for a goal at 6:11 with assists from Teemu Selanne and Luca Sbisa. It was Ryan's 12th goal of the season and Selanne's 25th assist. The Ducks would close the gap to 4-2 at 14:24 in the third on Nick Bonino's second goal of the season. Less than two minutes later, however, Vancouver would score the final goal of the game, Daniel Sedin's second of the evening.
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