banner

NHL

more stats

NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Wednesday, January 15th (All times Eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (24-14-9) at Anaheim Ducks (35-8-5), 10:30 p.m.

(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 10:33:14 ET

Other Stories

Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes Logo
Canes sign 'big, puck-moving defenseman'

Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis called Brett Pesce, 20, "a big, puck-moving defenseman" ready "to begin his professional career" in announcing that Pesce would join the American Hockey League (AHL) Charlotte Checkers this week.

Related Stories
  • NCAA: Gonzaga vs. UCLA

    Tonight at 7:00 on WRAL-TV

  • NCAA: Duke v. Utah

    Tonight at 9:40 on WRAL-TV

  • NCAA: Division II Championship: Indiana (Pa.) vs. Florida Southern

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NCAAT: Teams TBD

    Sunday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NCAAT: Gonzaga vs. UCLA

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NCAAT: NC State vs. Louisville

    Tonight at 7:37 on WRAL-FM

  • NCAAT: Oklahoma vs. Michigan St.

    Tonight at 9:30 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NCAAT: Duke vs. Utah

    Tonight at 9:30 on Buzz Sports Radio

Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
CHA
7:37pm Tonight
LOU
NCSU
9:45pm Tonight
DUKE
UTAH
6th
ATL 3
BOS 2
 
7th
STL 2
NYM 1
 
6th
PHI 0
NYY 10
 
7th
MIN 2
PIT 4
 
9th
WAS 1
STL 1
 
4th
BAL 0
TAM 0
 
Final
TOR 4
DET 1
 
4:05pm Today
CHC
CWS
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
TEX
 
4:10pm Today
ANA
ARI
 
4:10pm Today
ARI
CLE
 
6:05pm Tonight
HOU
MIA
 
9:05pm Tonight
KAN
SEA
 
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:05pm Tonight
CIN
MIL
 
10:05pm Tonight
LOS
SFG
 
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
CHA
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
DET
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
LAC
7:30pm Tonight
NYK
BOS
7:30pm Tonight
BRK
CLE
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
LAL
7:30pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
GSW
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
MIN
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
SAC
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
DAL
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
UTA
10:00pm Tonight
PHO
POR
7:15pm Tonight
GONZ
UCLA
7:37pm Tonight
LOU
NCSU
9:45pm Tonight
DUKE
UTAH
10:00pm Tonight
NARZ
KSU
10:07pm Tonight
OKLA
MSU
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
CAL
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
CLB
9:30pm Tonight
EDM
DAL