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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The leftover Canucks vs. Ducks news

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VANCOUVER (CP) - Petteri Wirtanen has another good memory from GM Place.

He was the captain of the Finnish team that upset the United States for the bronze medal at the world junior championship here in January 2006.

Then on Monday night, he scored the last two Anaheim goals, including the overtime winner, to give the Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in NHL pre-season play.

Wirtanen ended the game when he finished a three-on-two break with a shot that deflected past Vancouver netminder Drew MacIntyre.

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"I saw two guys going at the net and I just took a shot and the D-man probably hit it and it just bounced it past him," Wirtanen said. "I'll take it."

The puck hit the stick of Canuck defenceman Luc Bourdon, Vancouver's first-round pick and 10th overall in the 2005 entry draft.

Bourdon, who played nine NHL games last season before he was returned to junior, was on the ice for all three Anaheim goals.

Wirtanen gave the Stanley Cup champions a 2-0 lead in the second period when he found a Brad May rebound lying near the goal line beside Vancouver starting netminder Curtis Sanford.

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The Ducks continued their whirlwind pre-season with a day trip to Vancouver. The team flew up this morning, foregoing a morning skate. This was the first meeting between the teams since the second round of the playoffs and was also the first time that Ryan Shannon was able to face his former team. Shannon was traded for Jason King in June. Shannon earned an assist for Vancouver, had 5 shots on goal and several good opportunities to score against his former team.

Ilya Bryzgalov got the nod in goal and stayed in for the entire game. J-P Levasseur had true back up duties on the bench. Vancouver alternated goalies each period with Drew McIntyre taking the 1st and 3rd periods as well as overtime and Curtis Sanford handled the 2nd period.

The Ducks continue to have difficulties with excessive penalties. This was a problem last year and it seems to be a problem this year. It is one thing to have the rookies and prospects taking penalties, but these are the veterans who should know better. Sami Pahlsson is one of the best penalty killers that the Ducks have, but they will not have his services as he recovers from hernia surgery. Instead of continually playing with fire, the D

Ducks need to develop a bit more discipline and self-control.

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One more fun picture from the game

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