VANCOUVER– Nicolas Deslauriers and Adam Henry each scored twice for the Anaheim Ducks in a 7-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday.
Trevor Zegras got three assists and John Gibson made 16 saves and had one assist for the Ducks (24-19-9), who ended a four-game (0-3-1) skid that included being outscored 17-8 while losing all three last in regular time.
“It was a 100% win,” Deslauriers said. “Now we have to do it again.”
Deslauriers set the tone with a power shot that knocked the Canucks defenseman down Kyle Burroughs out of play 44 seconds after the start of the first period, and Troy Terry gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead on a deflection 13 seconds later. Deslauriers made it 2-0 at 3:23 by redirecting a pass from Derek Grant from the corner to the top of the fold.
“We talked about it just before the game. We have to come out strong,” Deslauriers said. “I have to give credit to the second line who jumped on it and scored right after. It’s almost a better feeling to finish my hit and see that we score right after.”
Video: [email protected]: Deslauriers pushes to the crease, points the puck
Elias Pettersson had a goal and two assists for the Canucks (23-22-6), who shot Thatcher Demko 4:20 into the second period after allowing five goals on 14 shots. Jaroslav Halak made nine relief stops.
“It’s pretty obvious that Anaheim was a lot more of a desperate team, and they knew what was at stake,” Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “They came out to avenge their four game losing streak and we just thought it would be an ordinary game. That’s where it all started and then it all fell apart after that.”
Rickard Rakell made it 3-0 at 14:08 with a power play shot that deflected the Canucks forward Juho Lammikko passed a filtered Demko. It was Rakell’s fourth goal in six games.
“We were very direct to the net,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “We just wanted to get the pucks over there. We didn’t care how they got there, with the bodies going there, and we wanted to be physical, and we were able to tick all three of those boxes early on.
Henrique increased the lead to 4-0 at 1:35 of the second period on a rebound at the top of the slot on the power play, and Sam Steel pushed it 5-0 at 4:20 on a rush two seconds after another power play ended.
“Our power play has been good all year (25.9%, fifth in the NHL) and it’s certainly nice to have that in your back pocket when you might not be scoring as many goals five against five than other teams,” Eakins said. . “It was good for them to crack some tonight.”
Video: [email protected]: Henrique puts on the rebound of Demko for PPG
Tanner Pearson cut the score to 5-1 at 4:52 with a one-timer from the bottom of the face-off circle and Pettersson made it 5-2 at 15:47 with a one-timer on the power play.
Henrique gave the Ducks a 6-2 lead at 16:50 by shoveling the puck over the line and under the defenseman Luke Schenn as he dived to try to keep it after a shot from Zegras hit the post and deflected Halak towards the goal.
Deslauriers scored from the slot to make it 7-2 at 3:49 of the start of the third period.
“I want to score more,” Deslauriers said after doubling his season tally. “It’s not my job.”
Eakins changed his lines of attack before the game and it paid off with a balanced attack.
“You hope your instincts are right, but you don’t know until the game starts,” he said. “But I thought our four lines did a very, very good job. I thought our ‘D’s were good and [Gibson] was good when needed, so it was definitely very good teamwork.”
Video: [email protected]: Deslauriers scores in the 3rd period
Conor Garland shot Vancouver 7-3 at 10:41 from a sharp angle and Quinn Hughes scored on a point shot at 16:28 for the final 7-4.
“They scored those quick two on us early and we just couldn’t resist,” the Vancouver forward said. Bo Horvat noted. “We’ve been in this position before where it’s hard to fight so hard. It just wasn’t a good start for us today.”
REMARKS: Burroughs appeared to injure his right arm on Deslauriers’ hit, and fellow defender Olivier Ekman-Larsson left after being hit with 7:01 left in the third period. Boudreau said “it doesn’t look very good in the short term” for Burroughs, but did not provide an update on Ekman-Larsson. … Duck Center Ryan Getzlaf missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. He skated on Saturday after being knocked out late before a 7-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, but Eakins decided to hold him off to try to get healthier. … Henrique has scored 207 goals in 741 NHL games, but has never had a hat trick. Deslauriers scored 40 goals in 474 NHL games and had a hat trick (a natural hat trick) on March 10, 2020 in a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. … Pettersson has eight points (three goals, five assists) over the past five games. … Anaheim won the season series 3-0-1 (Vancouver 1-2-1).