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LAst Night's Action: Ducks Score Four in Second Period, Clings to Victory against Vancouver

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Anaheim Ducks defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-3. The Ducks did Friday night what the Kings couldn’t do Thursday night: beat the Canucks. Despite a four-goal second period with Jonas Hiller shutting out the Canucks to that point, the Ducks barely hung on when Vancouver outshot Anaheim 22-2 in that final period with goals by Kevin Bieksa and two by Jannik Hansen.

For the Ducks, of course it figured that on 11/11/11, Saku Koivu wearing No. 11 would score the game’s first goal. It came 25 seconds into the second period after an uneven first period by both teams.

But the game turned when Aaron Rome elbowed Ducks’ rookie Devante Smith-Pelly in the face earning a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct (aka a trip to the showers). The Ducks capitalized with Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry scoring twice in that five minute penalty. And just in case the 3-0 lead wasn’t safe enough, Peter Holland scored his first NHL goal on a great pass by Toni Lydman going top shelf on a momentarily paralyzed Roberto Luongo.

Vancouver head coach Alain Vignault put in backup goalie Cory Schneider for the final 20 minutes like it mattered having only faced two shots. After Corey Perry took a stupid slashing penalty in the game’s final minute with Schneider pulled to give Vancouver the six-on-four advantage, Vancouver had plenty of opportunities with Ryan Kesler holding fort right in front of the crease. But the puck didn’t get past Hiller, and somehow, someway the Ducks came away with the two points.

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Loyola Marymount University Lions defeat UCLA Bruins 69-58. The Bruins opened the 2009-10 season with a most inauspicious start losing to Cal State Fullerton 68-65 in two overtimes on national television. They ended up going 14-18 that season and not invited to any postseason tournaments.

Fast forward two seasons with the Bruins exiled from Pauley Pavilion for renovations. Not only did they have to suffer the indignity of playing in a dilapidated facility in the Sports Arena, but they were playing right in the backyard of USC. Nevertheless the Bruins fell on their faces in a more spectacular fashion than they did two seasons ago losing to LMU for the first time since 1941 in the days of head coach Wilbur Johns.

UCLA didn’t fall victim to the caliber of an LMU team from the Paul Westhead days that scored 69 points in one half. But LMU did shoot 10-of-15 from three-point range while shooting 46.6% from the field.

As for the Bruins, they really love their jump shot despite it not falling. They shot only 40.7% including an abysmal 2-of-15 (13.3%) in their three-pointers. Why they continued to settled for their jump shot was perhaps the most perplexing aspect of this game since UCLA had the size advantage up front.

USC Trojans defeat Cal State Northridge Matadors 66-59.

Cal State Fullerton Titans defeat Redlands Bulldogs 118-68.

LA Clippers at Boston Celtics. Cancelled.

Denver Nuggets at LA Lakers. Cancelled.


Washington Huskies at USC Trojans. 12:45 p.m. FX, AM 710 KSPN.

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UCLA Bruins at Utah Utes. 3:30 p.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 570 KLAC.

Minnesota Wild at LA Kings. 7:30 p.m. FSWest, AM 1150 KTLK.