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Canucks lose for first time in pre-season, 3-2 in overtime to Ducks

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Vancouver Canucks\' Rick Rypien, right, fights for control of the puck with Anaheim Ducks\' Ryan Carter during first period NHL preseason action at GM Place in Vancouver, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Author: The Hockey News

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Canucks lose for first time in pre-season, 3-2 in overtime to Ducks

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - Teemu Selanne's goal at 3:49 of overtime gave the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in NHL pre-season action Thursday.

Selanne beat Vancouver goaltender Andrew Raycroft with a wrist shot from a sharp angle.

Corey Perry and Ryan Whitney scored for Anaheim in regulation as the Ducks improved to 4-2 and handed the Canucks (6-0-1) their first loss in seven exhibition outings.

Saku Koivu added two assists for the Ducks, who outshot the Canucks 29-25.

Matt Pope and Shane O'Brien replied for Vancouver. The Ducks were blanked on three power plays. The Canucks did not get any man-advantage opportunities.

For the second straight night, the Canucks started slowly, albeit with a drastically revamped lineup comprised mostly of veterans. Neither team could muster a goal in a first period that featured few scoring chances.

The Ducks limited the Canucks to only two shots in the opening 10 minutes of the game. But Anaheim did not do much offensively either.

Raycroft, vying for the backup job, stymied Perry on a rush up the middle on Anaheim's most dangerous chance in the first 20 minutes. The Canucks held the Ducks without a shot during a five-on-three power play that lasted 21 seconds and did not allowing another shots as the second penalty expired.

Anaheim received the power plays after Michael Funk was called for delay of game for shooting the puck over the glass and Willie Mitchell took an interference penalty that prevented a breakaway.

In the second period, Raycroft held the Ducks at bay as he foiled Andrew Ebbett and Brendan Mikkelson on excellent chances and made a number of other difficult saves while the Canucks were badly outshot.

Perry finally opened the scoring at 13:25 as he jammed in Mikkelson's shot from the side boards on Anaheim's 20th shot of the game.

Anaheim outshot the Canucks 15-6 in the second period and 24-11 after 40 minutes.

Whitney put the Ducks ahead 2-0 at 10:13 of the third period as he blasted Ryan Getzlaf's pass over Raycroft's left shoulder.

Pope reduced Anaheim's lead to 2-1 just under three minutes later after Michael Grabner checked goaltender Jonas Hiller off the puck behind the net, and he could not return in time to make the save.

It was the first point in six pre-season games for Grabner, a 2006 first-round draft pick who has come under criticism for his lack of production after scoring 30 goals for Manitoba of the AHL last season.

O'Brien forced overtime with 53.6 seconds left in regulation as he threw the puck on net and it found its way in. He did not score a single regular-season marker last season, and produced just one playoff goal.

Vancouver outshot Anaheim 12-4 in the third.

Notes: Getzlaf played his first game after undergoing hernia surgery July 29 that forced him to miss the Canadian Olympic team's summer evaluation camp . . . Vancouver released veteran winger Dave Scatchard, 33. He had been on a tryout contract after missing more than a season because of concussion problems suffered while playing for the Phoenix Coyotes . . . Ronald Petrovicky, 32, trying to return to the NHL after three seasons in Europe, was also cut as the Canucks reduced their pre-season roster to 38 . . . The Canucks sent defencemen Evan Oberg, Taylor Ellington and Travis Ramsey to Manitoba of the AHL, along with wingers Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Eric Walsky and goaltender Daren Machesney.

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