Series (Game 1 of 4)

Anaheim leads 3-1

Game 1: Sunday, November 20th
Game 2: Friday, February 10th
Game 3: Sunday, April 2nd
Game 4: Monday, April 10th

Canucks 3

(13-6-2, 28 pts)

Ducks 2

(7-10-4, 18 pts)

4:00 PM ET, November 20, 2005

Honda Center, Anaheim, California

1 2 3 T
VAN 1 1 13
ANA 0 1 12

Top Skaters

Vancouver: S. Salo - 2 G, 9 SOG, +1

Anaheim: P. Sykora - 1 A, 4 SOG, Even

Canucks hand reeling Ducks eighth straight loss

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Sami Salo kept it simple with the game on the line.

Salo scored his second goal of the game with 7:48 left to help the Vancouver Canucks hand the Anaheim Mighty Ducks their record-tying eighth straight loss, 3-2 on Sunday.

Salo blasted a 50-foot slap shot from the point that deflected past goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, and the Canucks held on to finish a three-game trip with a 2-1 record.

"I just threw the puck in there and it just seemed to go through," Salo said. "I think it could have gone either way at the end."

Salo has six goals and 17 points in 21 games, a pace that would put him well above the career-best nine goals and 30 points he had with Vancouver in 2002-03.

Rob Niedermayer's power-play goal 47 seconds into the third period tied the game for Anaheim, which also lost eight games in a row in October 1996. Three of the eight losses have been in overtime. Three others were single-goal losses in regulation.

"We're playing some good teams and the games are close, but no wins," Anaheim captain Scott Niedermayer said. "It's not fun that's for sure. This is a good test, a good challenge."

The Ducks did show plenty of aggressiveness Sunday, perhaps too much. Anaheim was whistled for three goalie-interference penalties against Dan Cloutier.

"With the new rules, there are a lot of people crashing the net," said Cloutier, who was himself called for roughing after repeatedly punching Rob Niedermayer when he crashed into the Canucks' goal. "They just kind of kept coming at me."

With the game tied at 1 in the final minute of the second, the Ducks were in a great position to take the lead when Canucks defenseman Ed Jovanovski picked up a double-minor penalty.

But Vancouver's Trevor Linden scored a shorthanded goal on a penalty shot with a second left in the second period. Linden, hooked by defenseman Keith Carney on a breakaway, beat Bryzgalov with a backhand shot.

"I thought he got a shot off," Carney said. "I poked at his arm, I didn't try to trip him or pull him or anything. I'd never expect them to call a penalty shot on that."

It was the first career penalty shot for Linden, a 17-year NHL veteran.

"I'm one for one," Linden said. "It was a good trip for us. We didn't play very well in L.A. [5-4 loss], that's disappointing. There a good team it would have been nice to play well against them, but two out of three is acceptable."

Salo opened the scoring on a power play with 4:55 left in the first period, and Andy McDonald tied it on a power play midway through the second.

Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere started the game but left in the first period after aggravating a hamstring injury that had sidelined him for two games.

Game notes

Anaheim general manager Brain Burke was Vancouver's GM from 1998 to 2004. ... Anaheim winger Teemu Selanne played his 900th NHL game, the 415th with the Ducks. ... Anaheim first-year coach Randy Carlyle coached the Canucks' AHL affiliate in Winnipeg last season. ... Ducks winger Kip Brennan returned to the lineup after missing seven games with a shoulder strain.

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