After two well-played pre-season games, the Ducks fell flat against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. Having played an emotion filled game the night before in San Jose and their fourth game in five nights, things just weren’t clicking for Anaheim.
Jonas Hiller stayed in net for the entire game and made 21 saves on 25 shots on goal. The Canucks seemed to have no problem putting pucks past him. Both the Sedin brothers scored, as well as Vancouver rookies Guillaume Desbiens and Jordan Schroeder.
The Ducks were flummoxed by Robert Luongo, who was able to stop all shots except for a late third period goal by Josh Green. Bobby Ryan appeared to put the Ducks on the board on the power play, but Luongo denied him as well.
At least the Ducks outshot the Canucks, 29 – 25, but the end result was not what they wanted.
Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu and Todd Marchant played in their first pre-season match but even their well-rested, veteran legs could not get the Ducks the win.
The Ducks flew home and got a rare day off on Sunday, despite it being training camp. They will get back to work on Monday to prepare for their next game against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday evening.