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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -The Vancouver Canucks have figured out how to irritate the Anaheim Ducks, and they don't seem to be alone.
Vancouver scored twice on the power play Monday night as they rallied from an early deficit and then held on for a 4-3 win over the Ducks, who spent much of the night in the penalty box as a result of foolish penalties.
Anaheim showed why they are the most penalized team in the NHL, giving the Canucks 10 power-play opportunities and spending the last 30 minutes of the game having to play catch up after Vancouver scored twice on the man-advantage and built a three-goal lead.
In the end Daniel Sedin
's second goal of the contest, and his fifth in his last three games, held up for the win as the Canucks moved into top spot in the Northwest, one point up on the Flames.
Canucks enforcer Darcy Hordichuk
lit the powder keg in what was a bitter contest between to hated rivals throwing a devastating hit on Todd Marchant in the first that led to a stream of penalties.
The Canucks scored on two first period power plays, and as a result, built a 4-1 lead that resulted in two points.
"They're definitely a dirty team over there, and we knew that, so that's why we tried to initiate the battles tonight, and really get them off their game," said Ryan Kesler
, who was often in the middle of the many post-whistle scrums.
Captain Scott Niedermayer, whose team handed the Canucks nine power plays Monday night, says he can't figure why the Ducks keep digging themselves into penalty holes.
"If we had an answer we wouldn't have to answer those questions," said Niedermayer, who had a goal and assist. "It was tough because they moved it around on the power play well and made us pay. Teams are going to do that when you are in the box as much as we were tonight."
Spending that much time short-handed takes its toll on a hockey club, causing it to lose momentum.
"The flow, when you are going to the box one after another, is tough because you are wearing out certain guys and others aren't getting on the ice at all," Niedermayer said. "Frustration starts to build and that is not the recipe for winning hockey games."
The two sides battered each other from the start.
"It was definitely a playoff-style atmosphere," said Vancouver center Kesler, who had one of the Canucks' two power-play goals. "We definitely have a heated rivalry out there, I don't know what it is but we really don t seem to like each other very much."
The Canucks felt the Ducks were guilty of some questionable play at times, trying to take out their frustration with their sticks.
"I don't know if you can call them dirty but they were off their game and this is why they were taking cheap shots," Kesler said. "It seems every game that they want to continue to take cheap shots on us and that's why they were in the box most of the night."
Two goals, six shots, and the sting in a Canucks power play that decided the game.
A goal and two assists for a guy who had to wait for an injury to get in the line-up.
One assist, but a spirited scrap and a very motivated game against a very chippy Anaheim squad.
scored twice for Vancouver, who fell behind early but rallied to lead 2-1 after 20 minutes. Kesler and Mason Raymond scored the others.
Vancouver took a 4-1 lead on Sedin's second of the game early in the third period before the Ducks finally began to rally.
Niedermayer and Sammy Pahlson scored third-period goals but Anaheim couldn't tie the score despite pulling goalie Jonas Hiller for the extra attacker in the final minutes. Bobby Ryan also scored for Anaheim.
"I didn't think we really engaged in the hockey game emotionally until the third period," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "And then we got desperate and started to play more of the type of hockey that is required to have success on the road.
"It seemed like any time that we got some momentum going, had some good shifts from our grind line and started to cycle like you have to do on the road, then they got a power play. It took all the momentum away from us."
The Canucks, who took just over 10 minutes to get their first shot of the game, were outshot by Anaheim 27-26.
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