March 28, 2017
Corey Perry and Patrick Eaves scored early in the 1st period, and the Ducks handled the Canucks 4-1 in Vancouver on Tuesday night. The Kings loss to Edmonton earlier in the evening meant that the Ducks, Oilers, and Sharks clinched playoff spots.
Nick Ritchie and Brandon Montour also scored for Anaheim. Jonathan Bernier made 34 saves and Antoine Vermette had two assists. Bernier is 9-0-1 with a .947 save percentage in his last 10 starts.
The Ducks played without Ryan Getzlaf, who was a late scratch because of a lower-body injury. Coach Randy Carlyle confirmed that the injury came about late Monday night.
“He didn’t feel right (Tuesday) morning and couldn’t get it loosened up,” the coach explained. “We just made the decision we’re not going to sacrifice a guy who’s been our best player.”
John Gibson served as the Ducks backup after missing 7 straight games, and 13 of the last 14 games with a lower-body injury.
The Ducks dominated the Canucks, and eliminated them from postseason contention with the victory. Anaheim had built a 4-0 lead by the middle of the 2nd period.
The Ducks will continue their four game road trip on Thursday in Winnipeg, against the Jets.