With the Ducks trying to gain ground on the resurging San Jose Sharks, a win against a struggling rival was necessary before the season’s conclusion. The Ducks didn’t have a strong showing in the first minutes as Andrew Cogliano tried to help on two plays, but was denied by Eddie Lack in the net for the Canucks. His net minding for
Vancouver Captain Daniel Sedin was responsible for
The second saw more opportunities from the Canucks at the start, but paid the price after the whistle. Brad Richardson took a cheap shot on the rookie goaltender that made Palmieri and Nick Bonino respond by shoving the right winger into the boards as a warning. It put
The game went on an even strength run for most of the second until a chance for the Ducks arrived with three minutes left. On a shot through traffic, Ben Lovejoy’s shot deflected off the stick of Palmieri to score the team’s second of the night where the puck ended up sliding through the legs of Lack giving Palmieri 14 goals.
The game showed promise for the Ducks going into the third, as the fight began to disappear slowly for the Canucks. Beleskey made it a 3-0 game where Captain Ryan Getzlaf stole the puck near center ice, sending it back to Corey Perry who faked the shot and found the left winger open for his seventh goal. One last rush of offense came through for them as they took nine shots on net to Gibson. With the possibility of a shutout growing larger with the minutes falling off in the third, the Ducks defense played stellar to make that become a reality.
The horn sounded where the Ducks joined their rookie on the ice to congratulate him on the shutout, but increasing the lead on
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