Just when things couldn’t get worse for the Canucks, they faced the Anaheim Ducks and got crushed.
Shawn Horcoff, Rickard Rakell, Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry scored and John Gibson earned his third career shutout in the Anaheim Ducks’ 4-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center on Monday.
The Canucks are currently on a 4 game road trip and have been unable to get a win so far in the first 3 games.
When Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau was asked after the game about his goaltender hehad nothing but praise.
“He made the saves he had to make,” Boudreau said. “I didn’t think they had an awful lot of scoring chances, but he controlled the rebounds. We won faceoffs, which was great because he was holding on to the puck and I think he did a good job.”
The Ducks jumped all over the Canucks early when Shawn Horcoff scored 1:19 into the game from the right circle beating Ryan Miller to make it 1-0.
Anaheim (9-11-5) went up 2-0 at 19:57 in the first period on Rakell’s power-play goal. Canucks goalie Ryan Miller was forced out the net on a scramble and Rakell scored off a rebound from a shot by Ryan Getzlaf.
The Canucks failure to play strong in the last minute of the first period really set them back far and being down 2-0 is much more difficult to come back from down 1.
Both teams were scoreless in the second period which set up a third period that allowed the Canucks an opportunity for one last push. On this night however, it simply did not happen.
Exactly one minute into the third period, Jakob Silfverberg scored his second goal of the season with the assists gong to Nick Ritchie and Ryan Kesler.
To cap off the evenings scoring, Corey Perry scored on a breakaway at 8:39 of the third period after Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis turned the puck over in the neutral zone. Perry’s goal gave Anaheim a 4-0 lead.
After letting in the fourth goal, Ryan Miller was pulled. He finished the game with 25 saves.
Injury Update: Vancouver right wing Jake Virtanen left the game at 14:02 of the first period after taking a hit from Josh Manson. He did not return and is unlikely to play against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
Written by: Hamed Amiri
Image via: Anaheim Ducks