Moen, Ducks halt Canucks' win streak
The Vancouver Canucks were starting to resemble a legitimate playoff team, until goaltender Roberto Luongo had a rare off night against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Travis Moen had a goal and assist in a three-goal first period for the Anaheim Ducks, who chased Luongo early in the second en route to a 4-1 victory Wednesday.
Todd Marchant and Rob Niedermayer also scored in the opening 20 minutes, while Doug Weight rounded out the scoring in the second as Anaheim snapped the Canucks' three-game win streak.
Luongo, making his 19th straight start, allowed four goals on 19 shots in suffering his first defeat to Anaheim this season. The Canucks' No. 1 puck-stopper made 26 saves in his team's 4-0 win over the Ducks on Nov. 27 and kicked aside 21 shots in a 2-1 decision on Dec. 30.
Anaheim, which improved its record to 13-3-1 since Feb. 5, broke a club record
with its eighth straight home victory. The Ducks (40-25-7) have outscored the opposition 28-12 during the streak.
Rookie Mason Raymond got Vancouver (35-25-10) on the board by scoring a power-play goal with 2:15 left in the first.
Luongo was pulled in favour of Curtis Sanford at the 4:03 mark of the second period. It was the third time in 61 starts this season that he was benched during a game by coach Alain Vigneault.
"I think it was more of a change of pace than anything else," Luongo said. "The good thing is we play [Thursday in Phoenix]. So we have a chance to put it behind us right away and focus for tomorrow night's game, which is obviously a huge game for us."
Weight scored Anaheim's fourth goal when Teemu Selanne's short wrist shot from the left of the net ricocheted off the far post and off Weight's chest. The puck landed at Weight's feet, and he converted the rebound for his 10th of the season.
Ryan Getzlaf's assist on the goal was his 52nd, the most by a centre in the Ducks' 14-season history. Andy McDonald set the previous mark in 2005-06 and tied it last season.
After Marchant opened the scoring, Moen made it 2-0 just 2:24 later while teammate Mathieu Schneider was off for interference. It was the eighth short-handed goal this
season by the NHL's most penalized team.
"Obviously you want to prevent a goal first. But if you get an opening and you get a little bit of a jump on a guy, then you can go," Moen said. "You've also got to remember that if you don't score, you've got to come back just as hard."
Niedermayer added his sixth goal at 16:49 of the period, converting a rebound from a sharp angle to the left of the net after Luongo made a save against Moen.
"We got down 3-0 early and didn't have a lot of push back," Vigneault said. "You're going to get behind in this league, and sometimes you should be able to come back. But to do that, your best offensive players need to be your best and come up big. And our guys weren't very good."
Winger Daniel Sedin, who tops the Canucks with 26 goals, has not scored in a season-high 10 consecutive games.
Vancouver wraps up its four-game road trip Saturday against Dallas.