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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Wednesday - Ducks Lose to Canucks 3-2

Well even though the Ducks lost it was a fun game to watch. The key to tonight's loss was defensive breakdowns. These caused the Ducks to be behind early in the game. The Canucks then applied a suffocating defense and kept the Ducks at bay for the rest of the game. Now on to the rest of the game coverage!

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Anaheim Ducks Coverage

The Canucks scored the first three goals of the game, two by players who had never scored goals in the NHL before, and barely withstood a Ducks charge in the third period.
Trailing 3-1 going into the final stanza, the Ducks outshot Vancouver a whopping 16-1 in the period, but didn’t find the net until there was 1:31 to go in game. That was on a deflected slap shot by Mathieu Schneider from the right circle, with goalie J.S. Giguere pulled from the net to give the Ducks a man advantage. But Anaheim’s efforts to score the tying marker were denied over the final minute and a half.

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LA Times Coverage

Injury fill-ins Mason Raymond and Jason Jaffray assisted on each other's first NHL goals and the Vancouver Canucks -- without forward Brendan Morrison -- beat the Ducks, 3-2, on Wednesday night at the Honda Center.
Morrison's 542-game playing streak, the longest current run in the NHL, ended when the center was forced out of the lineup by a wrist injury that will require surgery. The streak that began on Feb. 27, 2000 is the 11th-longest in league history.

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MVN Coverage

In the first period there was not much action or excitement and the crowd went crazier over seeing Snoop Dogg on the Jumbotron alongside black hockey pioneer Willie O’Ree. Then the Canucks woke up. Mason Raymond, who was just called up yesterday, got his first NHL goal at 17:35. Raymond credited his linemates “Hats off to the guys who made some good passes out there. The goal is one I will always remember, always cherish.” Daniel Sedin took advantage of a puck that Chris Kunitz coughed up in the defensive zone and made it 2-0 at 18:40. Ryan Getzlaf said it “was a weird period. We were trying to get our matchups in and it was tough to get rolling.” Obviously.

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OC Register Coverage

As far as debuts go, it’s hard to top this. Jason Jaffray, who was playing in his first NHL game, scored a goal and added an assist to help lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday night at Honda Center. Defense ruled the first half of the opening period as both teams had a problem getting close to the net. The Ducks took two shots during the first 10 minutes of the game. The Canucks did them one better, getting the puck to Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere three times during the same span.

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TSN Coverage

It was the first time teammates scored their first NHL goals in a game since Ducks forwards Drew Miller and Petteri Wirtanen also did it in Anaheim on Oct. 17.

"They called two young players up from the minors and both of them made a contribution," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "That's huge when you can have young guys step in and get on the score sheet for you."

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