McIver lifts Ducks past Canucks in OT
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—New Anaheim defenseman Nathan McIver skated out of the penalty box and into a breakaway, and beating Roberto Luongo at 22 seconds of overtime to give the Ducks a 4-3 preseason win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.
It was McIver’s first game for the Ducks after being claimed off waivers from the Canucks after Vancouver tried to send him down to the American Hockey League.
Mason Raymond scored two power play goals for the Canucks, who also finished the preseason with a franchise-best 6-0-1 record.
Both teams started their No.1 goalies and dressed most of their regulars, with the notable exception of star Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger.
Former Canuck Brendan Morrison opened the scoring midway through the first period after a strange sequence of calls gave Anaheim with a 3-minute power play.
Mattias Ohlund received a 5-minute major for boarding after what appeared to be a chest-to-chest hit that left Perry dazed, but Moen only got a 2-minute roughing minor for his retaliatory fight with the big defenseman.
With Ohlund still in the penalty box, Moen was back on the ice and alone in front for a cross-ice pass from Perry. Roberto Luongo got a piece of his point-blank backhand, but Morrison, who signed with the Ducks as a free agent this summer after eight seasons in Vancouver, batted the rebound in out of the air.
Henrik Sedin tied it on a power-play rebound, and the teams traded two goals each in the second period, with Raymond’s first the highlight as he did a lap around the offensive zone before skating around Moen and sending a backhand over Giguere.
Luongo made 24 saves and was sporting a small new “C on the chin of his goalie mask. Luongo was named the new Canucks captain last week, but NHL rules prevent goalies from acting as captain on the ice or wearing the “C on his jersey.