VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Jonas Hiller returned after missing six months because of vertigo and stopped all 21 shots he faced through two periods to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-1 preseason win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
Hiller, who hadn't played since March 24, made a handful of great saves before being replaced by Jeff Deslauriers to start the third. The 29-year-old Swiss Olympian threw out his right pad to take a tap-in away from Victor Oreskovich late in the first, and robbed Maxim Lapierre with his blocker and glove in the second frame.
He had some jitters, even if his play didn't show it. It brought back memories of his early NHL days
"Maybe my first game in the NHL," Hiller said. "I was actually nervous because it has been such a long time since I played a real game.
"For the first game, I felt really good. "It's definitely something I can build on."
Hiller said it was his choice to leave the game after the second period. He came out because of tightness in his hips, and not because of any trouble with his head.
"I didn't want to stretch or pull something," Hiller said. "I didn't want to overdo it in my first game. I'm too excited for the next one."
Anaheim dressed most of its regular players after consecutive lopsided losses to San Jose. The Ducks were outshot 49-14 in a 5-1 defeat on Friday night.
Vancouver (2-2) again sat its top players, using only a couple of regulars and backup goalie Cory Schneider, who made 19 saves. Leading forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin and No. 1 Roberto Luongo haven't played yet in the preseason.
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Arena: Rogers Arena Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Brad Watson, Francis Charron Linesmen: Jay Sharrers, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 18,860 (100.3% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Saku Koivu (1)
Assists: Cam Fowler, Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler (1)
Assists: Francois Beauchemin, Jason Blake
Corey Perry (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Ryan Getzlaf, Teemu Selanne
Andrew Gordon (2)
Assists: Andrew Cogliano, Devante Smith-Pelly
Kevin Connauton (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Jordan Schroeder, Niko Dimitrakos