Canucks beat Ducks in SO for 7th straight winAnaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (15) celebrates his goal with teammate Anaheim Ducks left wing Niklas Hagman (12) as Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) looks on during first period NHL hockey action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, April, 3, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Max Lapierre's shootout goal lifted Vancouver to a 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night, giving the Canucks their seventh straight win.
Western Conference-leading Vancouver moved three points ahead of St. Louis and remained tied with the New York Rangers for tops in the NHL with 109 points.
Alex Burrows had two goals in regulation and Lapierre and Chris Higgins also scored as the Canucks rallied from two goals down in the second period.
Ryan Getzlaf, Cory Perry, Rod Pelley and Devante Smith-Pelly scored for the Ducks.
Vancouver outshot Anaheim 39-34. The Canucks were 0 for 5 on the power play, while the Ducks were 1 for 3.
The score was tied 2-2 after the first period and 4-4 after the second.
Vancouver had a scare about midway through the second period as Smith-Pelly inadvertently backed into Burrows' legs, and the Cancuks star was helped off the ice, unable to put weight on one leg.
However, Burrows soon returned and swept in Dan Hamhuis' rebound for his second goal of the game with 8:39 left in the period, pulling the Canucks to 4-3.
Lapierre tied it 1:27 to go as he whacked the puck near the Anaheim blue line and the puck went in off Ducks winger Sheldon Brookbank's glove as he tried to block the shot. It was Lapierre's third goal in three games.
The Canucks outshot the Ducks 12-1 in the third period and had three power plays while the Ducks did not have any. However, Vancouver still couldn't beat Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller.
In overtime, Vancouver goalie Cory Schneider - who replaced starter Roberto Luongo after Smith-Pelly put the Ducks up 4-2 at 7:03 of the second period - stopped Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa on a hard slap shot from right wing.
Canucks winger David Booth got a chance to break out of his scoring slump as he was awarded a penalty shot 3:38 into the game after he was tripped by Sbisa on a breakaway. However, Hiller got a pad on his forehand attempt.
The game remained scoreless for the first 13 minutes, but the clubs then combined for four goals in 5 minutes.
Getzlaf opened the scoring at with 6:42 to go in the period as he fired a drop pass from Perry through Luongo's legs. The goal was Getzlaf's first in 10 games and only his second in 33.
Burrows tied it 59 seconds later after Henrik Sedin skated in a tight space in the Anaheim corner and fed him a behind-the-back pass that Burrows one-timed past Hiller.
Less than 2 minutes later, Perry put the Ducks ahead 2-1 on a power play as he skated out of the corner, cut towards the net and roofed a backhand over Luongo. Just over 2 minutes after that goal, Higgins deflected Hamhuis' point shot through his legs and behind a surprised Hiller.
Pelly gave the Ducks a 3-2 advantage 2:24 into the second period as he one-timed Bobby Ryan's pass. Ryan was the set-up man again at 7:03 as Smith-Pelly, left all alone in front, one-timed his pass from the corner through Luongo's legs.
After the goal, Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault replaced Luongo with Schneider, who drew a loud cheer as he skated into the crease.
NOTES: Vancouver lost winger Zack Kassian to an undisclosed upper-body injury late in the second period. ... Booth was benched for the second straight game after he lost a battle for the puck with Ryan before Pelley's goal. But Booth returned in the third as a result of Kassian's injury. ... Injured Canucks winger Daniel Sedin (concussion) missed his seventh straight game. ... Vancouver D Kevin Bieksa missed his fourth straight game with an undisclosed health issue, but he took part in the morning skate. D Aaron Rome also remained out with a knee injury. ... Anaheim goaltender Dan Ellis (groin) and defencemen Tony Lydman (upper) and Nate Guerin (fractured orbital bone) were sidelined with injuries.