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Ryan Getzlaf's third-period goal gives Ducks 2-1 decision over Canucks

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Anaheim Ducks Chris Kunitz (14) tries to deflect a shot past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo during the first period. (CP PHOTO/Richard Lam) Author: The Hockey News

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Ryan Getzlaf's third-period goal gives Ducks 2-1 decision over Canucks

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Ryan Getzlaf scored on the power play with 7:34 remaining in the third period Thursday as Anaheim downed the Canucks 2-1 to extend their winning streak in Vancouver to six in a row. The Ducks were on a two-man advantage when Getzlaf ripped a Scott Niedermayer pass behind goalie Roberto Luongo for his 11th goal of the season and fourth in six games.

It was also Getzlaf's second winner in as many games. He scored in overtime Tuesday in Edmonton.

Luongo was partly to blame for his misfortunes as he was penalized for delay of game by shooting the puck out of the rink during an earlier penalty to Kevin Bieksa.

It was the third consecutive penalty to the Canucks as Matt Cooke had just returned from a stick holding minor.

Andy McDonald opened the scoring for Anaheim while Alexander Edler replied for Vancouver, which was shut out 6-0 by the Ducks on Nov. 9 and has scored two or fewer goals in 12 of its last 14 games.

The win was the fourth in a row and sixth in the last seven games for the Ducks (19-2-6) who lead the NHL with 44 points.

Vancouver, flirting with .500 hockey after a 7-4-1 start, dropped to 12-13-1 with its third loss in four games.

Edler tied the game at 8:22 of the third period with his first NHL goal. He had a second chance to shoot from the point and the puck went behind goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere with Daniel Sedin screening in front.

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead into the third period on McDonald's goal 9:45 into the game. He beat Luongo with a sharp-angled shot on the short side after defenceman Mattias Ohlund broke up an Anaheim rush but gave up the puck in his skates. McDonald recovered it along the boards, then went to the net to take a pass from Sean O'Donnell.

Giguere, playing his second game after missing one with an undisclosed injury, kept his club in the lead through 40 minutes. He looked particularly sharp on a tough blocker save on a Daniel Sedin deflection.

Luongo, who was lifted after giving up three goals on nine shots in Anaheim's earlier win here, kept Ducks from scoring more than one in the opening period.

He got a glove on a Dustin Penner shot when the Duck forward was all alone in front, made a sparkling stick save on a Teemu Selanne attempt and snared a screened shot by Chris Pronger.

The Canucks' scoring woes continued in the first period as Daniel Sedin hit the inside of the post 56 seconds after the puck dropped and Marc Chouinard missed a tap-in on a pass from Brendan Morrison while they were short-handed.

NOTES: Chouinard was back in the Vancouver lineup in place of Josh Green who suffered a foot injury in practice. . . . Anaheim defenceman Scott Niedermayer leads all Western Conference vote-getters in all-star balloting but Pronger had more points and a better plus-minus on the Anaheim blue line going into Thursday's action. . . . Vancouver fans joined those in Edmonton by booing Pronger when he touched the puck. . . . Luongo was hit in the throat in practice Wednesday by an Ohlund shot.

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