- Associated Press - Sunday, March 30, 2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The Anaheim Ducks moved into first place in the Pacific Division.

And, they’ve got much bigger plans.

Corey Perry and Saku Koivu each had a goal and an assist and Frederik Andersen made 31 saves as the Ducks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-1 on Saturday night.

“We not only want to get first place, we want to play as good as we can heading into the playoffs,” said Andersen, who started in place of No. 1 goalie Jonas Hiller. “Every time you go on the ice you want to prove you can play.”

Luca Sbisa, Matt Beleskey and Mathieu Perreault also scored for Anaheim, while Andrew Cogliano and Daniel Winnik added two assists.

Brad Richardson had the lone goal for Vancouver, which remained five points back of the Phoenix Coyotes for the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference. Eddie Lack made 16 saves.

“Obviously, our backs are against the wall and I guess we’re going to see what we’re made out of,” Ryan Kesler said with barely a whisper in the Canucks‘ locker room. “Are we going to sit back and cower or are we going to give everything and try to give ourselves a chance here?”

The Ducks led 2-1 after the first period and increased their lead at 11:02 of the second off a Canucks turnover when Winnik chipped a pass from the side of the net into the slot to Koivu, who scored his 10th of the season.

Vancouver had a number of opportunities to make things interesting, including three power plays in the second, but didn’t have many clear-cut chances for the league’s 27th-ranked unit.

“It’s inexcusable to have a power play like we have,” Kesler said. “To lose 5-1 in a must-win game, it’s embarrassing.”

After Koivu gave the Ducks a 3-1 lead, Andersen made consecutive saves off shots by Chris Higgins and Jordan Schroeder from in tight before shooting out a pad to stop Zack Kassian moments later.

“It’s important to have two good goalies that can support each other if something happens,” said Andersen, who improved to 17-5 this season.

Perry put the game out of reach by scoring his 38th of the season at 6:45 of the third.

Perreault added his 18th of the season on a power play at 14:03.

“It’s definitely frustrating right now,” Kassian said. “There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. We’re frustrated. We know we’re on the outside looking in.

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