VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists, twin brother Henrik added three assists, and Andrew Raycroft made 30 saves in the Vancouver Canucks' 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
Christian Ehrhoff, Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler, into an empty net with 30 seconds left, also scored to help Vancouver bounce back from a loss to last-place Edmonton on Tuesday night. The win was just the Canucks' second in five games and kept them five points ahead of Colorado atop the Northwest Division.
Henrik Sedin also moved back into the NHL scoring lead with 99 points, one more than Washington's Alex Ovechkin.
Saku Koivu broke up Raycroft's shutout bid 8 minutes into the third period.
Jonas Hiller made 26 saves in his 19th consecutive start as Anaheim, coming off a 3-1 loss in Calgary on Tuesday night, fell 11 points behind Detroit for the final Western Conference playoff spot with nine games left.
Raycroft got a rare home start after Roberto Luongo admittedly struggled in the 3-2 loss to the Oilers. It was just the second time in four seasons that the backup goalie started in Vancouver ahead of a healthy Luongo.
Raycroft responded by making his best stops early, swallowing high shots through traffic by Corey Perry and Lubomir Visnovsky without giving up a rebound. He added a fully extended glove save off Matt Belesky's shot from the slot early in the third, leading to chants of "Raycroft! Raycroft!" from a sellout crowd of 18,810.
Koivu ended his Raycroft's bid for a second shutout on a 2-on-1 down low, but Raycroft made two good saves on a late power play to improve to 8-4-1 in limited action.
At the other end, Hiller didn't even see the two first-period goals.
Ehrhoff opened the scoring with a power-play point shot through traffic 8:31 in, and Daniel Sedin scored for a third straight game on a strange play with 3:12 left.
After cutting behind linemate Alex Burrows as they crossed the blue line on a 2-on-2 rush, Sedin lifted a high, arcing backhand over the heads of Burrows and Hiller, who was crouching to find the puck as it went into the net.
The Sedins set up the third goal 6:19 into the second period — and it was a lot prettier. Daniel forced a turnover behind the Anaheim net out to Henrik at the side of the goal, and his spinning blind backhand pass left Burrows with an empty net at the other side for his team-leading 33rd goal of the season.
NOTES: Luongo is 6-3-1 since backstopping Canada to Olympic gold, but has a .894 save percentage, a 3.20 goals-against average and was pulled twice in that span. Curtis Sanford was the only other backup to play ahead of a healthy Luongo in Vancouver. It happened on Jan. 11, 2008, after Luongo played the night before in San Jose. Anaheim called up D Brendan Mikkelson, who played his junior hockey in Vancouver, from Toronto of the AHL but didn't use him. Vancouver signed local product Prab Rai — their fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft — earlier in the day. The 20-year-old Rai led Seattle with 41 goals and 69 points in the junior Western Hockey League.