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Anaheim Ducks defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-3. Things didn’t look right from the start. It was the Canucks, not the Ducks who came into the game leading in penalties and penalty-minutes, who were in the penalty box in the opening minute of the game. In fact less than a minute later the Ducks went on a 5-on-3 man advantage. Something is wrong here. Right as the original penalty expired, Captain Ryan Getzlaf got off the schneid and scored his first goal of the season giving the Ducks their first lead of the season.

Everything seemed to return to normal when Daniel Sedin (3:57) and Raffi Torres (4:14) scored a little more than a minute later to give the Canucks the 2-1 edge. After Teemu Selanne tied the game on a power-play goal 15:09 in the second period, Christian Ehrhoff gave the Canucks the lead once again 5:23 in the third period.

But I guess this is where the comforts of home ice come into play. After Mikael Samuelsson missed a 10-foot wrist shot, the Ducks traveled the length of the ice with Corey Perry tipping in Getzlaf’s shot for the tying goal 8:54 in the third. A takeaway by Bobby Ryan a minute later led to his goal at 10:12 to give the Ducks the lead.

Jonas Hiller saved 36 shots for the Ducks while Roberto Luongo saved 28 for the Canucks.