Selanne, Winnik score two goals each as Ducks crush Canucks
Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – Teemu Selanne and Daniel Winnik scored two goals apiece as the Anaheim Ducks spoiled the Vancouver Canucks’ home opener with a 7-3 triumph Saturday at Rogers Arena.
The 21-year veteran Selanne also had two assists while Sheldon Souray, Corry Perry and Kyle Palmieri added a goal each for the Ducks, who drew 26 saves from goalie Jonas Hiller.
Selanne, who was playing his 1,342nd career game, moved past Dale Hawerchuk and into 18th spot in all-time scoring with 1,410 points.
Canucks goalie Cory Schneider was knocked out early after the Ducks scored two goals in the first and three in the second period.
Former Canucks No. 1 goalie Roberto Luongo made a relief appearance for the man that took his job but performed no better, allowing two goals but had more saves than Schneider, 10-9.
Winnik, who had eight goals while splitting last season between Colorado and San Jose, put the Ducks on the board when he deflected a soft Saku Koivu wrist shot from the top of the circle past Schneider.
The Canucks took the lead with a goal from Dan Hamhuis and a power-play strike for Daniel Sedin 90 seconds later.
However, the Canucks failed to cover Souray, who hit a hard-slap power-play shot past Schneider to tie the game at the end of first period.
Winnik added his second early in the second period, going hard to the net to finish off a nice three-way passing play from Koivu and Andrew Cogliano for a 3-2 Ducks led.
In the ensuing plays, Perry shoveled a bouncing puck through Schneider’s legs and Ryan Getzlaf fed Palmieri alone in the slot for a quick, high shot past the goalkeeper 11 seconds later – the two fastest Ducks goals since 2005.
The three-goal barrage by the Ducks relegated Schneider to the bench and Luongo took over.
Selanne then welcomed Luongo with a sharp-angle shot on the power play with 13.3 seconds left in the second period for a 6-2 lead.
The Canucks capitalized Selanne’s shelving midway through the third period with a goal from defenseman Alexander Edler that made it 6-3.
However, Selanne answered with a goal just 22 seconds later for the final count.