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Canucks 5, Ducks 4, SO

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 10:40 PM

Associated Press

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Canucks 5, Ducks 4, SO
Vancouver Canucks 5, Anaheim Ducks 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Michael Grabner celebrated the end of his long scoring drought with a smile. He broke out of his funk in the grandest of ways, with an unexpected hat trick.

The 22-year-old rookie forward scored three goals for Vancouver in a 5-4 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks that secured a playoff berth for the Canucks on Friday night.

The 6-foot, 170-pounder from Austria hadn't scored since Oct. 25 against Edmonton. Once he netted one, he tacked on two more for good measure. And the Canucks needed all of them.

"After the first one, I relaxed," said Grabner, who scored Vancouver's first three goals. "I had plenty of chances.

"It shows the work I'm doing with our skills coach is paying off. I'd missed a lot of nets until tonight."

The Canucks came out on top in a matchup of backup goalies for teams trying to secure places in the postseason. Vancouver, the Northwest Division leader, earned its berth once the game was extended to overtime.

Grabner expected the news of his big night to spread back home to Austria.

"For sure," he said. "They keep up with me. And this is a big deal."

Grabner had never scored more than one goal in a game and had only two this season.

"The kid's got a lot of skills," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "He was able to put it together here. Sometimes those things just happen. He stayed after it in some tough situations out there and made it happen."

Vancouver's Andrew Raycroft started in place of Roberto Luongo, who gave up eight goals in an 8-3 loss at Los Angeles on Thursday, and made 30 saves.

Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu both scored two goals each for the Ducks, who were beaten 3-1 in the shootout and are long shots to qualify for the playoffs. Selanne moved into 17th place on the NHL career goal list with 603.

Selanne moved ahead of friend and fellow Finnish star Jari Kurri, who along with Jaromir Jagr, are the only European-born players with at least 600 NHL goals.

"I'd rather not pass him and get these points to give us a chance (at the playoffs)," Selanne said. "It's tough to lose the one point tonight."

Anaheim is 11th in the West, six points below the playoff cutoff with five games to play. Curtis McElhinney got the start in goal for the Ducks because Jonas Hiller was out due to back spasms. He made 36 saves.

Three Stars
TEEMU SELANNE

Scored his 602nd and 603rd NHL goals of his career - amazing.  He created plays and skated well tonight but fell just short on the shootout goal against Raycroft.
2 goals, 1 assist, +1, 21:53 TOI

SAKU KOIVU

Put a dagger into Canucks' fans hearts when he scored on the powerplay to tie the game up with 1:24 remaining and forced overtime and eventually a shootout.
2 goals, 1 assist, 24:06 TOI, 58% faceoff

MICHAEL GRABNER

After waiting eight games since being recalled on his second stint with the Canucks, he scores three goals to make up for just some of the chances he's had during that span.
3 goals, +3, 6 shots, 13:37 TOI

"It's a tough one to lose in a shootout like that," Selanne said.

The Canucks appeared to be on their way to a regulation win after Jannik Hansen's goal made it 4-3 with 6:27 remaining, but Koivu's second of the night tied it with 1:24 left.

Selanne and Bobby Ryan were stopped by Raycroft in the shootout. Pavol Demitra scored what proved to be the winning goal before Ryan's attempt.

"We needed the two points, there is no doubt," Koivu said. "At this point, we have to forget this game as quick as possible."

Neither team got much going in the first period. McElhinney stopped 17 shots in the frame, and Raycroft made 12 saves at the other end.

The offense picked up in the second. Koivu gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead at 3:01. He circled back after taking a pass from Jason Blake behind the Canucks net and lifted a shot over Raycroft's right shoulder.

Grabner tied it 7:06 later. The unlikely scorer received a pass from Ryan Kesler just past his blue line, got by the last Ducks defender, and skated unimpeded up ice before beating McElhinney.

Selanne put the Ducks back in front when he put in a rebound from in close with 5:9 left in the second.

Grabner scored at 1:22 and 3:55 of the third to give the Canucks a 3-2 lead, but Selanne's 24th of the second lifted Anaheim back into a tie.

NOTES: The Ducks are 7-2-1 in their last 10 and 21-12-2 in the past 35. ... Grabner hadn't scored a goal since Oct. 25 against Edmonton.


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scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
03:01
ANA
Saku Koivu (17) Backhand shot - ASST: Jason Blake (24)
1 - 0 ANA
10:07
VAN
Michael Grabner (3) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Kesler (48)
1 - 1 Tie
14:31
ANA
PPG - Teemu Selanne (23) Wrist shot - ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (27), Scott Niedermayer (37)
2 - 1 ANA
3rd Period
01:22
VAN
Michael Grabner (4) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Kesler (49), Pavol Demitra (12)
2 - 2 Tie
03:55
VAN
Michael Grabner (5) Deflected shot - ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (28), Ryan Kesler (50)
3 - 2 VAN
09:20
ANA
PPG - Teemu Selanne (24) Tip-in - ASST: Saku Koivu (30), Lubomir Visnovsky (28)
3 - 3 Tie
13:33
VAN
Jannik Hansen (9) Slapshot - ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (29), Daniel Sedin (53)
4 - 3 VAN
18:36
ANA
PPG - Saku Koivu (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Teemu Selanne (21), Bobby Ryan (26)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDANAVANTOTAL
1C. Perry
K. Wellwood
1 - 1
2T. Selanne
P. Demitra
1 - 2
3B. Ryan
1 - 2
penalty summary
1st Period
03:21
VAN
Andrew Alberts  Hooking against  George Parros
09:09
ANA
Steve Eminger  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Johnson
15:01
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Hooking against  Lubomir Visnovsky
17:42
ANA
Sheldon Brookbank  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
2nd Period
03:04
VAN
Darcy Hordichuk  Fighting (maj) against  George Parros
03:04
ANA
George Parros  Fighting (maj) against  Darcy Hordichuk
05:11
ANA
Nathan Oystrick  Roughing against  Michael Grabner
13:20
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Tripping against  Scott Niedermayer
14:03
VAN
Jannik Hansen  Hi stick - double minor against  Steve Eminger
3rd Period
04:13
VAN
Andrew Raycroft  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
08:04
VAN
Sami Salo  Holding against  Bobby Ryan
18:21
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Hooking against  Teemu Selanne
OT Period
03:03
ANA
Bobby Ryan  Tripping against  Sami Salo
05:00
ANA
Sheldon Brookbank  Cross checking against  Kevin Bieksa
goalie stats
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 34TOI: 64:54
Saves: 30EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 2PP: 13 - 16
SV%: .882SH: 0 - 0
Curtis McElhinney
Curtis McElhinney
7-4-1
SA: 40TOI: 64:33
Saves: 36EV: 28 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0