01/28 00:08 CST Anderson earns 3rd career shutout, Ducks blank Canucks 4-0
Anderson earns 3rd career shutout, Ducks blank Canucks 4-0
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) --- Frederick Andersen had to make only 17
saves in his third career shutout as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Vancouver
Canucks 4-0 Tuesday night.
Matt Beleskey, Kyle Palmieri, Rickard Rackell and Patrick Maroon scored for
Anaheim (32-10-6), which sits atop the NHL's overall standings. The Ducks have
won six straight and eight of nine.
The Ducks are 3-0-1 against the Canucks this season and 9-0-1 over the last 10
versus their Pacific Division rivals.
All three of Andersen's shutouts have come this season.
Ryan Miller stopped 20 shots for Vancouver.
With his team up 2-0 after 40 minutes, Rackell put things out of reach at 9:20
of the third period, firing a shot from just inside the Vancouver blue line
that deflected off the stick of Canucks defenseman Frank Corrado and in off the
crossbar for his fourth of the season.
Maroon scored his fifth of the season into an empty net in the final minute.
Held to 12 shots through two periods in the first game for both teams since the
All-Star break, the Canucks didn't muster much more offense in the third on a
night when Andersen's crease was rarely threatened.
Part of the problem was Vancouver's anemic and disjointed power play, which
went 0 for 3 and is 2 for 28 over the last nine games.
Anaheim led 1-0 after the first and doubled that lead at 7:19 of the second on
a delayed penalty with the Canucks already short-handed.
Palmieri came down the right side and fired home his 10th of the season through
Miller's legs, a shot the Vancouver goalie probably should have stopped.
Canucks forward Derek Dorsett left the game a few minutes earlier with an
upper-body injury after taking a hit from Ryan Kesler and did not return.
Replays appeared to show that Kesler, who was dealt from Vancouver to Anaheim
in the offseason, made contact with Dorsett's head on the play.
The Canucks played at home for the first time since Jan. 10 after going 3-2 on
their road trip prior to the All-Star break.
Nick Bonino had Vancouver's best chance early when he rang a shot off the post
Anaheim opened the scoring at 13:43 of the first period thanks to Beleskey's
18th of the season on a play Miller will also want back.
Beleskey unloaded a slap shot from the wing off a rush and Miller could only
get a piece of it with his glove before the puck fluttered into the top corner.
Miller robbed Andrew Cogliano on Vancouver's first power play with a great
glove save after a turnover in the Canucks end.
NOTES: The Canucks haven't scored at home since the first period of a 3-1 loss
to Florida on Jan. 8, a span of more than eight periods. ... The Canucks were
without defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who broke his left hand in the final game
before the All-Star break. The 33-year-old Bieksa had surgery and is expected
to miss six to eight weeks. ... The Canucks and Ducks play the final game of
their season series March 9 at Rogers Arena. ... Vancouver continues its
six-game homestand Friday against Buffalo. ... Anaheim visits the San Jose
Sharks on Thursday.