ONE – Jonas Hiller, Ducks. Didn't raise a sweat in first two periods but outstanding in third when game on the line. Finished with 28 saves.
TWO – Andrew Cogliano, Ducks. One goal, four shots, plus-1.
THREE – Jason Garrison, Canucks. One goal, two shots, eight attempted shots.
PIVOTAL POINT – With the score 0-0 early in the second period and the Canucks on a power play, Daniel Sedin made a poor pass in the Ducks zone that was picked off by Daniel Winnik, who was grabbed by Alex Edler to thwart a potential breakaway. Edler was still in the box when Cam Fowler's point shot deflected off Matt Belesky and past Luongo for the crucial opening goal.
BY THE NUMBERS – The Canucks' record against Pacific Division teams fell to 6-7-2 ... Anaheim finished its 24-game road schedule with an outstanding 14-5-5 mark while the Canucks saw their eight-game home-ice win streak end at eight...The Canucks were 15-6-3 at Rogers Arena this season... Anaheim improved its record when scoring first to 18-2-4 and 17-0-2 when leading after two periods... The Ducks took the faceoff battle 35-28 with Dave Steckel a sublime 12-for-16. Henrik Sedin was a dismal 3-for-14.
MVP, MVP: Although Cory Schneider didn't suit up Thursday, he still appeared on the ice – in shirt and tie – to receive the Cyclone Taylor Trophy as the team's most valuable player. Right winger Jannik Hansen was a double winner, taking home honours as most exciting player and unsung hero (Fred J. Hume Award) while Dan Hamhuis was named top defenceman (Babe Pratt Trophy). Henrik Sedin received the Cyrus H. McLean as the team leading scorer apparently on the assumption brother Daniel won't pass with a career night on Saturday.
DID YOU NOTICE? On the first shift of the second period, Ryan Kesler attempted to make a breakout pass along the right wing boards but instead turned it over to Daniel Winnik, who was stopped by Roberto Luongo. After the whistle, Kesler smacked himself in the head with his stick. He likely said something to himself as well, probably not complimentary.
QUOTABLE – “Well, they earned the right to do what they think is best for their team. I mean, they've won their division, They are assured to have second spot in our conference and if they feel that's the best thing for their group, they've earned the right.” – Canuck head coach Alain Vigneault on the Ducks resting healthy veterans Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu, Ryan Getzlaf, Bryan Allen and Radek Dvorak. In addition, Bobby Ryan was out of the lineup due to illness while defenceman Luca Sbisa missed the game with a lower body injury.
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