“Like I said 100 times in the past week: We’re competitors and we want to play for each other and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Anaheim has thoroughly dominated the first four meetings of its five-game season series with Vancouver, outscoring the Canucks 21-6 and surrendering just one point to its division rivals. The teams meet for the final time April 7 at Rogers Arena.
The Ducks opened the scoring at 7:36 of the first period after the Canucks had a couple of good chances at the other end against Anaheim’s rookie netminder. The puck was played back to the point to Sbisa, whose shot found its way through several players and past Lack for his first of the season.
Beleskey made it 2-0 just 1:11 later. Anaheim’s Rickard Rakell collected a puck in front of Lack and fed a behind-the-back pass to Beleskey, who beat the netminder upstairs as Anaheim scored on two of its first five shots.
Vancouver got one back at 11:12 off some nice work from Kassian in the offensive zone. The big forward maintained possession at the blue line before feeding defenseman Ryan Stanton. His shot was kicked out by Andersen and right to Richardson, and he buried his 10th of the season.
“We’re certainly on the outside looking in and it’s not a spot that we want to be in,” Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis said. “I’ve never been in this spot before in my career. We’re not mathematically out of it, even though our chances are slim.
“We’ve got to keep playing hard and give ourselves that chance and make those teams earn it.”
NOTES: Richardson had a great chance with the game scoreless in the first period, but Andersen made a terrific stick save on a shot that he deflected onto the post. … Ducks forward Teemu Selanne sat out after playing Friday night in Edmonton against the Oilers. The 43-year-old has not played back-to-back games this season, but said after the morning skate that he will play against the Canucks in Vancouver on April 7. … Kassian has two goals and five assists during his four-game point streak. … Perreault has six goals in his last eight games. … Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf took a shot off his foot before Anaheim’s fifth goal and did not return.