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The Goods: Rally falls short

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 11:00 PM PT / Features
By Derek Jory
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For 40 minutes it looked like the Vancouver Canucks couldn’t wait to get back to the west coast.

Over the final 20 minutes, the Canucks put together one of the finest periods of hockey you’ve ever seen, but even that was too little, too late.

The final score favoured the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 Friday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim in what was truly a tale of two teams.

The Canucks, closing out a six-game road trip looking for their third consecutive victory, and the Ducks, a team entrenched in a six-game losing streak (their longest since 2005), were at opposite ends of the spectrum going into the game and they both used the first period to get a feel for the other.

Anaheim was first to the scoreboard with a goal off a miscue in the Canucks end 25 seconds into the second period. That nudged momentum in the Ducks direction, but a penalty to Aaron Rome slammed it their way with force.

Rome planted a hit on Ducks forward Devante Smith-Pelly midway through the second period and instead of the
physical play providing a boost for the Canucks, Rome was assessed a five-minute elbowing major and a game-misconduct.

Regardless of whether or not the punishment fit the crime, the Canucks gave up two goals on the ensuring Ducks power play and another with 2:38 remaining to close out a forgetful period at 4-0 Anaheim.

Roberto Luongo was beat for four goals on 19 shots and made way to Cory Schneider for the third period, a period I’m sure many fans missed with the Canucks down big and Friday night calling.

Vancouver shot out of a cannon in the third piling shot after shot after shot on Jonas Hiller and it was only a matter of time before the Canucks at least broke the shutout to walk away with a moral victory.

Kevin Bieksa provided the goal and not just that, a spark as well.

The Canucks continued to shoot and it paid off twice more with Jannik Hansen doubling his goal total for the season with a pair of scores to make it a 4-3 Anaheim lead.

Is this real life?

It was, but the comeback wasn’t. Vancouver outshot Anaheim 22-2 in the third period, outscored the Ducks 3-0 and heavily outplayed them and a lesson is all the Canucks get.

Vancouver went 1-for-5 on the power play in falling to 3-3-0 on their six-game road trip.

“.500 hockey is not good enough for this group," said coach Alain Vigneault. "We need to be better, we need to be better 5-on-5, that’s definitely an area right now that we need
to address with our group. There are some signs, but we need to get this going here.”

Goal #1: Fist pump; Goal #2: Loud cheer followed by optimistic head nod; Goal #3: Jumping and full fledged belief; Goal #4: Disbelief.
Tweet of the night - “Wow, a lot of #Canucks fans occupying Anaheim." -@thejohnnyvo
  The Canucks following at the Honda Center was epic. Vancouver owns California.
No rest for the wicked - Vancouver falls to 0-4-0 in the second half of back-to-back games this season having scored
just five goals in those losses. The Canucks play back-to-back another seven times this year.
Lest we forget - The Ducks honoured the United States Armed Forces on Remembrance Day
by playing with sticks wrapped in camouflage hockey tape that were auctioned post-game.
Gimme some Mo - Jonas Hiller took Movember to a whole new level this year by having a custom
Mo mask made, one featuring every Ducks player sporting a stash. Admire it here.