Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/26/13
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Off to its best offensive start in team history, Anaheim approached its home opener just hoping to ride the wave of momentum. Cory Schneider sent the Ducks back to square one. The Vancouver goalie held a scorching Anaheim offense scoreless and the Canucks pounced on the Ducks early to earn a 5-0 win on Friday at the Honda Center. Anaheim entered the contest, its first home date of the strike-delayed season, with 12 goals scored and a 2-0 start. Against the Canucks, the Ducks managed 29 shots on goal, but offered few legitimate scoring chances after challenging Schneider early. Vancouver, though, capitalized on its opportunities, and quickly. Daniel Sedin put the Canucks on the board first with a power-play goal past Anaheim goalie Jonah Hiller at 9:13 in the first period as Vancouver had a two-man advantage. With Anaheim's Daniel Winnik (holding) and Ryan Getzlaf (cross checking) in the penalty box, Alexander Edler moved the puck to Henrik Sedin who threaded a pass in heavy traffic to set up brother Daniel's second goal of the season. "We didn't seem to have our legs right off the bat, but Schneid came up with some really big saves, they took a couple penalties, and our power play did what it's supposed to do," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "It gave us some momentum." The Ducks were supposed to be the team with the momentum, particularly against a Canucks squad they handily defeated in their season-opener, 7-3. In the road win, Anaheim converted all three power-play opportunities; on Friday, the Ducks were dealt a taste of their own medicine. The Canucks capitalized on a second power play late in the first period to deflate the home crowd as Mason Raymond scored his second goal of the season -- and his first of two on the evening -- off a rebound at the 18:40 mark, after being assisted by Aledandre Burrows and Dan Hamhuis. "They're pretty good at it," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said of Vancouver's power-play attack. "It's the first time we faced it other than practice, and we didn't meet the challenge on the penalty kill tonight." Added Vigneault: "Same type of game, in Vancouver, their power play got them on the board and gave them momentum. Tonight, our power play got us on the board and gave us some momentum." Burrows had a penalty shot of his own denied by Hiller in the second period, but Vancouver added an Aaron Volpatti goal in the second period (16:37, unassisted) and two more scores in the third. The Canucks put the game away with a Zack Kassian goal just 1:18 into the third period, followed by Raymond's second of the evening and third of the year with just over five minutes left in the game. Schneider, who stopped 29 shots to record his fifth career shutout, was aided by a 7-1 advantage in power plays. The Ducks finished with 31 penalty minutes -- the Canucks had just 16 for the game -- and spent a large portion of the first and second periods a man down. "First road game, sometimes it takes guys a little bit to get going -- especially in their home opener. We thought they'd come out pretty hard," Schneider said. "But the guys did a good job of letting me see it, see the ice, make some saves. It's never good to give up that first goal. You always try to get the first one -- and in their home opener, lot of energy, lot of excitement in the building. It's important to take the crowd out of it." NOTES: The Ducks won the first matchup of the season between the two teams, 7-3, on Jan. 19. ... Anaheim scored 12 goals in its first two games; the Ducks had never scored more than seven combined goals in their first two games to start a season. ... Vancouver's Ryan Kesler (shoulder) and David Booth (groin) remain sidelined. ... Henrik Sedin played in his 585th consecutive game on Friday and ranks seventh in NHL history in consecutive-games-played streak. ... The game marked the first of 10 sets of back-to-back matchups for Anaheim, with the Ducks hosting Nashville on Saturday. ... Vancouver started off the season with three consecutive home games, but is now in the midst of a three-game road trip, with games remaining at San Jose on Sunday and the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. ... Anaheim reassigned D Sami Vatanen to Norfolk (AHL).
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