ANAHEIM, California – Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assistant, John Gibson made 25 rescues and Anaheim Ducks hit a three-game shot with a 4-3 victory on Vancouver Canucks Wednesday night.
Ondrej Kase, Adam Henrique and Kalle Kossila also scored for the Ducks, who lost 12 of 15 since the last time they scored four goals in a game back on October 17th.
Bo Horvat, Derrick Pouliot and Jake Virtanen scored in Canucks' seventh consecutive loss. Jacob Markstrom stopped 32 strokes because Vancouver failed to rise from a deficit of two late goals and left without a victory on Nov. 8.
Anaheim strives to fight last month, but still collecting enough points to stay in the Pacific Division race. This victory pushed Ducks past Vancouver and third in the Pacific, just three away.
Getzlaf put the Duke forward in the first half with a goal in the back that was not created by his own leg game. The captain is Anaheim's main leader this season, despite the lack of six games due to an accident.
Pouliot entered it earlier in the second period, once in a crossover pass by Sam Gagner, who received the first point of returning to Canucks. After having scored 31 points for Vancouver last season, Gagner was dropped on October 1 and eventually sent to AHL just to be recalled last week when the wounds decimated the canus.
Kase scored on a defeat by Josh Mahura, who won his first NHL in the second game.
The dukes are playing without hurt defensive Hampus Lindholm and Cam Fowler, forcing them to use four blueliners – including Mahura – who have played with less than 50 career games. Anaheim did not use four defensemen in the 1994-1995 season, but coach Randy Carlyle has to improvise in the absence of the two team leaders in a few minutes.
Kossila puts Duke up 4-2 in the middle of the first round when he turned a pass into the slot for Brian Gibbons for his first goal of the season and the second of his NHL career. Gibbons's assistance was his first point in 17 matches with Anaheim.
Horvat scored the 11th goal on a 4:44 left deformation to keep Vancouver in it.
NOTES: Canucks do not have five injured players, including Brock Boeser, who lost the ninth match with a defeat to swallow. … Lindholm lost the second straight game with a lower injury. Fowler is endlessly having broken bones in front of him after being hit by a puck. … Gibson returned after the match last Sunday against Colorado with an apparently flu-like case.
Duke: Edmonton is home on Friday.
Canucks: La San Jose Friday.