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Monday, December 31, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News - Ducks Lose 2-1

That was a pretty boring game until the last 15 minutes or so. The Ducks were stifled by the Canucks defense and a few great stops by Luongo. We did not have too many penalties, but what we did have did affect key moments of the game. So go figure. One note on the videos, I will not be posting any fights because does a great job of posting the videos and giving people who are interested in watching them a forum. Well, onto the game report!

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Given the ever-popular NHL schedule that had them on the ice in Vancouver barely 19 1/2 hours after completing a game some 600 miles away in Calgary, the last thing the Ducks needed Sunday night was to face a five-on-three Canucks power play in the first period.

And yet, there they were, with right wing George Parros and defenseman Sean O'Donnell sitting side by side serving interference penalties, and only center Ryan Getzlaf and defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Francois Beauchemin to support backup goaltender Jonas Hiller.

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MVN Coverage

The Ducks had little time to reflect on their 5-3 loss to Calgary last night as they had to regroup quickly and play against a well rested Vancouver Canucks team. The Canucks have had the Ducks number all season and tonight was no different. The Canucks dictated the play for most of the game.

Daniel Sedin scored on a 5 on 3 power play at 10:28 of the first period. Jonas Hiller, who was giving Jean-Sebastien Giguere the night off, had no chance on the shot. In the second period Matt Cooke made it 2-0 at 4:18 thanks to a great pass from Henrik Sedin. The Ducks were outshot 19 - 11 by the end of the period.

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TSN Coverage

"Luongo's one of the best goalies in the league for a reason and he gives them a chance to win every night," Getzlaf said after scoring his 14th goal of the campaign.

Anaheim forced Luongo to make only 11 saves after 40 minutes and the Vancouver netminder jokingly said he took his penalty "just to get some action going.

"I was looking at the puck behind the net and my stick was stuck on the post. I couldn't move. The only thing I could have done is drop my stick not to make him fall. I asked for an explanation but didn't get one."

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Vancouver Sun Coverage

The Anaheim Ducks may have had visions of a lengthy winning streak with stalwart defenceman Scott Niedermayer back in their lineup, but they'll need a trip to the optometrist now.

After four straight victories, the Stanley Cup-champion Ducks thudded back to dry land on the weekend, losing 5-3 Saturday in Calgary and 2-1 Sunday to the Vancouver Canucks.

"The honeymoon is over," declared Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle following Sunday's defeat. "These games were an indication of how much work we have ahead of us, even with Scott Niedermayer."

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CBC Coverage

But Luongo pulled the game out, sometimes by keeping his pads square, and others by laying his six-foot, three-inch frame across the goal line and challenging the Ducks to shoot it over him.

"[Roberto] can only do so much, but he seemed to make the saves even with people on top of him," said Canucks' captain Markus Naslund. "And that's why he's the best."

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The Province Coverage

"They've got Ds that are so offensive-minded, that once they jump in the attack and being that second and third wave, it makes it really challenging defensively," said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. "They were clogging up the neutral zone as good as anybody I've seen and we were able to chip away and stay high percentage. We only gave them two chances in two periods.

"They came on in the third, but that's why we've got the goalie."

That would be Roberto Luongo, who was cruising toward his sixth shutout of the season before Ryan Getzlaf struck from the slot midway through the third period to make it interesting. He quickly converted a neat backhanded, corner-boards feed by Scott Niedermayer to make it 2-1 with 10:17 remaining.

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