ANAHEIM, Calif. – Troy Terry circled his net with the puck and looked up in the two Vancouver Canucks between him and Ryan Getzlaf way down in the far blue line. “My instinct was to pass to himbut I thought,’Is that the cleverest thing?'” The newcomer said. “So I just ripped it to himand he’s Ryan Getzlaf, so of course he made a play. “Terry’s long aerial overhaul eluded both Canucks and hit Getzlaf in the glove. “Troy made a fantastic play from behind the internet,” Getzlaf explained. “He showed great inspiration. Showed what he could do with the puck. “While his passing acumen is well understood, Getzlaf has one of the Ducks’ best shots when he deigns to use it — and he’s used it lately, scoring in four successive games.He only needed to tap in his winner, however: Markstrom charged from his web in a desperate effort to interrupt Getzlaf’s opportunity, but Getzlaf sidestepped the goalie and finished it. “His first touch was not the best, and I thought I had him beat,” Markstrom explained. “And I did not. That’s the read I’d. Obviously it’s easy to say today I must have remained in (net), but I did not. Tough loss when we played with a game. “Both of those young clubs look like playoff contenders so far: The Ducks’ success left Anaheim and Vancouver on 18 points apiece in second position in the Pacific Division.
Jakob Silfverberg scored a short-handed target in the first period for the Ducks, who improved to 6-1-0 in Honda Center this season with their second straight victory to start a seven-game homestand.Adam Gaudette got credit for Vancouver’s tying goal with 6:18 to play when his apparent pass toward a driving Brandon Sutter deflected in off the skate of Anaheim defenceman Korbinian Holzer. The goal came through a frustrating evening against Gibson, who came in an excellent performance on the Canucks’ 38th shot. Vancouver went scoreless on five power plays. “I don’t know how many shots we had, but nearly 70 efforts is pretty good. Their goalie played. … The big issue is when you play with a great game, you wish to find a point from it. You’re likely to perform good some nights and shed. We got a point. “Five-game point streaks ended for both Elias Pettersson and Bo Horvat, as did Brock Boeser’s three-game target streak.Markstrom stopped 27 shots for the Canucks, who have earned a point in six consecutive games. Vancouver lost for just the third time in 11 games, also fell to 0-3-1 when scoring fewer than three goals.The Ducks scored during their second penalty kill when Rickard Rakell got the puck to Silfverberg alone in front of Markstrom, his teammate for several seasons at the start of their pro careers in Sweden. Silfverberg created a nifty deke and scored his seventh goal of the season on the forehand.The goal additionally set Silfverberg in a plus-12, tying teammate Adam Henrique’s NHL-leading markers going into the evening. Vancouver had a 32-11 shots edge late in the second period, but couldn’t beat Gibson before the waning moments of the third.NOTES: Canucks D Quinn Hughes left in the first period with an apparent ankle injury, also Green provided no postgame update on his condition. The 20-year-old rookie had three assists Wednesday night. … Holzer got the second assist on Silfverberg’s short-handed target for his first point of the season. … Anaheim D Hampus Lindholm returned from a two-game absence with a lower-body injury.UP NEXTCanucks: See the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.Ducks: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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