Perry's OT goal lifts Ducks over Canucks, 4-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 5, 2014 at 11:49 pm •  Published: January 5, 2014
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Corey Perry has made a living by scoring timely goals.

Perry scored his NHL-leading eighth winner of the season with 1.3 seconds on the clock in overtime, giving the Anaheim Ducks a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

The 2011 MVP has a league-best 30 winning goals since the start of the 2010-11 season.

"You could see it on his face every time he came to the bench. He was getting so frustrated," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "The last game and this game, he was getting so many good looks. Hopefully that'll break the ice and he'll do what he normally does."

The Ducks went on the power play at 3:54 of overtime when defenseman Kevin Bieksa was called for hooking. Ryan Getzlaf passed the puck to Perry from the blue line for a shot that beat rookie goalie Eddie Lack for his team-high 23rd goal.

"I got the monkey off my back," Perry said. "I saw a couple seconds on the clock, yelled for the puck going to the net and knew I had to shoot right away. It probably fooled him and found a way to go in."

The Ducks, off to a franchise-best 31-8-5 start and 17-0-2 at Honda Center, are the only team without a regulation loss at home. Anaheim is also the third club to open a season with a home point streak of 19 or more games, joining San Jose (2008-09) and Philadelphia (1979-80).

The Ducks have won 13 of 14 overall since losing back-to-back shootouts against San Jose and Los Angeles.

Bonino tied it with 1:27 left in regulation. Saku Koivu and Matt Beleskey scored in the second, and Jonas Hiller stopped 17 shots to extend his club-record and career-best winning streak to 11.

Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin scored power play goals 2 minutes apart in the first, and Bieksa scored in the third for the Canucks.

Lack made a career-high 45 saves, one night after Roberto Luongo had 45 in a loss to Los Angeles in his return following a three-game absence with a groin injury.

"He brought it to another level tonight," Canucks coach John Tortorella said. "You try to find some good stuff (from a game like this), and that is certainly some real good stuff there."

Luongo sat out, and Lack's backup was 43-year-old Rob Laurie — who has never appeared in an NHL game and hasn't played professionally since 2002. The Southern California resident was summoned on an emergency basis.

The Canucks also lost both ends of a Los-Angeles-Anaheim back-to-back set on Nov. 9-10.

"You play good teams like Anaheim and L.A. and you learn a lot of lessons," defenseman Dan Hamhuis said. "They expose things in your game that are not solid. We saw that in L.A., and we talked about that this morning.



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