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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Anaheim Ducks jumped out to an early lead, scoring goals 71 seconds apart in the first period en route to dealing the Vancouver Canucks' playoff hopes another blow with a 5-1 victory Saturday night.

Defenseman Luca Sbisa and left winger Matt Beleskey put the Ducks ahead 2-0 with just 8:47 gone in the game. Center Saku Koivu and right winger Corey Perry both had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who won three of their last four games.

Center Mathieu Perreault also scored while centers Daniel Winnik and Andrew Cogliano had two assists each.

Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen stopped 31 Vancouver shots for the win.

Right winger Brad Richardson scored the only goal for Vancouver.

The win improved Anaheim's record to 48-18-8 for 104 points and moved them into first place in the Pacific Division. The Ducks set a franchise record with their 23 road victory and tied a team mark for 48 wins.

The Canucks hit another pothole on the road to the playoffs. The loss dropped their record to 34-31-11 for 79 points, leaving them five points back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Vancouver has six games remaining, four against teams that have playoff spots locked up.

Anaheim opened the scoring at 7:36 of the first period when Sbisa fired a shot from the blue line that was deflected past Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack. It was Sbisa's first goal of the season.

Beleskey scored just over a minute later. Rookie center Rickard Rakell made a pretty backhand pass to Beleskey, who beat Lack.

The Canucks got on the board at 11:12 of the first period when Richardson collected a rebound and snapped a shot past Andersen.

Koivu made it 3-1 at 11:02 of the second when he beat Lack with a backhand. Perry and Perreault scored in the third.

The Canucks, desperate to avoid missing the playoff for the first time since 2008, outplayed the Ducks for long stretches, but were unable to break through. Andersen made a big stop in the first period, dragging the puck off the goal line on a Richardson shot. In the second period he gloved a blistering shot from defenseman Yannick Weber and denied center Ryan Kesler at the side of the net.

NOTES: Vancouver outshot Anaheim 21-14 in the second period. ... C Saku Koivu's second-period goal was his first in 17 games for the Ducks. ... Anaheim C Ryan Getzlaf and Vancouver RW Alex Burrows squared off in a second-period fight. ... Ducks RW Teemu Selanne sat out the game but is expected to play when Anaheim returns to Vancouver on April 7. ... Rookie C Rickard Rakell collected his second career point with an assist on Anaheim's second goal. ... Canucks RW Zack Kassian's first-period assist extended his points streak to four games (2 goals, 5 assists). ... D Kevin Bieksa played despite suffering a leg injury in the Canucks' 3-2 overtime loss to Colorado on Thursday. ... Vancouver LW Daniel Sedin was recognized during the first period for scoring his 800th career point Thursday. ... The Ducks beat the Canucks in their three previous meetings, outscoring them 16-5.
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