Another D-Man injured as Canucks lose to Ducks

The Vancouver Canucks suffered their first regulation loss in fifteen games, plus another defenseman to injury, as they lost to the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 Wednesday night.

The game was entertaining, no doubt, although it had to have left Canucks fans screaming at their TV's again. For the second straight game, another top defenceman was lost to injury, this time, Dan Hamhuis. As Hamhuis played the puck in his own zone, Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaff skated in towards him. Hamhuis showed Getzlaff his back, and thats when Getzlaff left his feet, and levelled Hamhuis with a hit to the back. There was no penalty on the play.

Hamhuis appeared to be knocked out as his head hit the glass, and he lay motionless on the ice for a few seconds. Canucks trainer Mike Burnstein had to bring out the smelling salts, which is never a good sign. Hamhuis did leave the game on his own two feet, but he did look extremely woozy. The hit was borderline, no doubt, especially when you consider that Getzlaff did leave his feet.

Lets get back to the game, however.

The Ducks struck first, and early, as Teemu Selanne fed Jason Blake a pass, which Blake deposited into the net behind Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider for his eleventh goal of the season. This all happened fifty six seconds into the game.

The Canucks, usually so quick to respond to a goal, did not. They looked sluggish and "off" the entire game. In the second, the Ducks built their lead to 3-0 on goals from Brandon McMillan, for his sixth, and Bobby Ryan, for his twenty fourth. The goals happened 48 seconds apart, and took all life out of Rogers Arena.

However, three minutes later, on the powerplay, Daniel Sedin got his twenty ninth of the year as he let loose with a nice slapshot that fooled Ducks goaltender Curtis McElhinney short side. In the third, the Canucks let some air into the building as Alex Burrows got his fifteenth of the year, and fifth goal in six games, as he tapped a beautiful Henrik Sedin pass past McElhinney. All life in the building was quickly drained out, as Bobby Ryan scored twenty seconds later, for his 26th of the year and second of the game. Shortly after that, Dan Hamhuis was injured, and the game was pretty much over.

The Canucks did make it interesting, though. Ryan Kesler scored with twenty seconds left for his 32nd goal of the year, while the Canucks had an extra attacker. Then, with time winding down, Christian Ehrhoff let a shot goal from the sideboards. The rebound went into the crease, where a waiting Daniel Sedin whiffed on the sure goal, ending the game, and sending the Canucks to a rare home loss.

There's no word yet on the severity of Dan Hamhuis' injury. Cory Schneider, average in the game, made twenty saves. Curtis McElhinney, brilliant in the contest, made 35 saves for the win.
The Canucks next play on Saturday, when they'll host the Calgary Flames at 7:00 pt.

Notes: Daniel Sedin had 3 points (1g, 2a) to move him one point up on Steven Stamkos in the art ross race... Canucks D Sami Salo will play against the Flames Saturday... Ryan Kelser's 32nd goal of the year ties him with Sidney Crosby for second in the NHL