Game 20: Andy too dandy
The Ducks' rookie netminder made 35 saves on 36 shots to record his sixth consecutive victory to begin his NHL career and guide his team to a 3-1 triumph over the visiting Canucks.
The loss was the Canucks' second in a row and dropped their record on their four-game road trip to 1-2-1. Their overall season record fell to 11-7-2.
After a rather uninspired effort on Saturday night in Los Angeles, the Canucks turned in a much stronger performance on Sunday against a Ducks team that was missing their leading scorer and captain, Ryan Getzlaf, out-shooting them 36-23 and out-chancing them overall in the contest but only managed to find the back of the net once for the second night in a row.
Tom Sestito scored Vancouver's lone goal while Corey Perry, Nick Bonino and Andrew Cogliano all scored for Anaheim, who improved to a perfect 8-0-0 on home ice this season.
Vancouver's rookie goalie Eddie Lack, who made his fourth start of the season, did all that he could to hold his team in the contest stopping 20 of 22 shots on the night including all six he faced in the final frame.
The Canucks have three days off to lick their wounds before resuming play on Thursday when they open a season-high six-game home stand against the San Jose Sharks.
TRENDING THE WRONG WAY: Since setting a new career-high with points in 12 consecutive games, Henrik Sedin has now gone ice cold failing to find the scoresheet in three consecutive games. The last time he failed to record a point in three straight games was from January 27 to 30 of last season. Brother Daniel has also gone three straight games without a point. He hasn't had a point drought that long since a four-game stretch from March 21 to 26 of last season.
SPREADING IT AROUND: The Canucks' lack of goals against Andersen wasn't for a lack of shots. In fact, nearly every Canuck managed to test the Ducks' rookie goalie at least once. Only Christopher Tanev and Zac Dalpe were held without a shot on Sunday. Ryan Kesler had a game-high five shots while Alex Burrows and Dan Hamhuis followed closely with four each.
NO GETZLAF, NO PROBLEM: Ryan wasn't the only Getzlaf that was forced to miss his team's game today. Ryan's older brother Chris, a slotback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, sat out the CFL's Western semi-final earlier in the day also due to an injury. Neither the Ducks or the Roughriders seemed to miss their respective Getzlaf much, however, as Chris' team managed to beat the BC Lions by a 29-25 score.