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Canucks try to slow down streaking Ducks

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Vancouver Canucks were unsuccessful in their first two attempts at handing the Anaheim Ducks a home loss in regulation.

The Canucks will get one more chance on Wednesday night when they visit the Ducks for the final time this regular season.

Anaheim has won its first two meetings with Vancouver in 2013-14 to stretch its overall series winning streak to three in a row, though it was less than a second away from going to a shootout in the most recent encounter on Jan. 5.

The Ducks trailed by a goal late in the third period, but Nick Bonino notched a game-tying tally with 1:27 left in regulation before picking up an assist on Corey Perry's game-winner that came with less than a second remaining in overtime for a 4-3 victory.

Perry lit the lamp with 0.6 seconds off a pass from Ryan Getzlaf.

That victory, which also featured 17 saves from Jonas Hiller, is part of Anaheim's current seven-game winning streak that was extended with Sunday's 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

The Ducks had scored four-or-more goals in a franchise-record six straight games, but got just Andrew Cogliano's tally in the second period over the weekend. That stood up thanks to Hiller's 22 saves in his third shutout of the season and 19th of his career.

"From a coaching aspect, we really talked about having a one-goal or zero-goal game against," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "We've been doing two and three, and have been scoring a lot of goals. It masks deficiencies defensively sometimes. To be able to get a 1-0 win, where you had to defend it in the third period, was really good."

Hiller won his club-record 14th straight start and helped Anaheim win for the 17th time in its last 18 games. That personal winning streak ties for the second-longest run in NHL history and he is the first netminder to win 14 straight since Pittsburgh's Tom Barrasso from March 9-April 9, 1993.

Boston's Gilles Gilbert owns the single-season record of 17 straight wins, done from Dec. 26-Feb. 29 during the 1975-76 campaign.

"He's the reason for this little streak," Cogliano said of Hiller. "He's been playing really well."

Anaheim is 19-0-2 at home this season and leads the NHL with 75 points, improving both totals despite Getzlaf sitting out with a lower-body injury suffered the previous night versus Phoenix. He is day-to-day but could play tonight.

Hiller should also get the start and is 11-5-3 with a 3.01 goals against average in 20 career meetings with Vancouver, including 17 starts.

The Canucks, meanwhile, snapped an 0-2-3 skid with a victory over St. Louis on Friday, but followed up with Monday night's 1-0 setback to budding rival Los Angeles.

The teams were meeting for the first time since the Kings' Dustin Brown crashed into Roberto Luongo in the crease on Jan. 4 during a 3-1 Los Angeles win. Luongo finished the game, but has missed Vancouver's past four games with an ankle injury suffered on the play.

The Canucks' Ryan Kesler fought Brown six seconds into the second period, but Brown got the last laugh by scoring the lone goal of the game.

Eddie Lack stopped 19 shots in the hard-luck loss.

"We get squat for points, but I think we crossed a couple of bridges in what needs to be done," Vancouver head coach John Tortorella said.

Vancouver got defenseman Alexander Edler back in the lineup for the first time since Dec. 3 because of a knee injury, while Luongo has been practicing.

Lack has been in net for the two previous games with the Ducks this season, going 0-1-1 with a 2.90 GAA.

The Canucks' final two meetings with Anaheim this regular season will both take place on Vancouver on March 29 and April 7, respectively.

01/15 10:37:11 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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