By Andrew Phillip Chernoff CanucksBanter
March 19, 2023
ANAHEIM — Collin Delia made 17 saves in his first start since Feb. 21 for the Vancouver Canucks, a 2-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Sunday.
It was Delia’s first victory since Feb. 9.
Canucks return home for a two games against Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, March 21; and San Jose Sharks on Thursday, March 23 before embarking on a 3-game road trip against Dallas, Chicago and St. Louis.
Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller each had a goal and an assist, and Quinn Hughes had two assists for the Canucks (31-33-5), who have won seven of eight.
Ryan Strome scored, and John Gibson made 38 saves for the Ducks (23-37-10), who have lost three of four.
J.T. Miller #9 of the Vancouver Canucks skates the puck against John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks in the third period. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images).
Miller gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead at 9:05 of the first period on a slap shot from above the left circle during a delayed penalty and with Delia off the ice for an extra attacker.
The Canucks, who came off a 3-2 shootout win at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, outshot the Ducks 17-4 in the first period.
Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks skates during the third period of the game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)
Vancouver was on the first of four power plays in the second period when Pettersson scored made it 2-0 at 1:31 with a wrist shot from the top of the right face-off circle.
Anaheim had just five shots on goal when it went on its first power play at 6:40 of the second period. Delia made four saves to help kill the penalty.
Delia made his most difficult save on a breakaway by Frank Vatrano at 17:46 of the second period before turning away Vatrano’s follow-up attempt four seconds later.
Delia was denied his first NHL shutout when Strome’s shot from just above the goal line slipped through his pads for the 2-1 final at 13:10 of the third period.
Collin Delia #60 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
- Pettersson picked up a point for the 10th straight road game, the longest run by a Vancouver player since Henrik Sedin opened the 2013-14 season with two goals and 10 assists in the first 10 games away from home.
- Hughes had the primary assist on Pettersson’s goal to become the first NHL defenseman in nearly 30 years with consecutive 60-assist seasons. Ray Bourque had five such campaigns from 1989-90 through 1993-94, and Paul Coffey had back-to-back seasons in 1992-93 and 1993-94.
- Hughes, who has 20 assists in his past 20 games, and Sedin are the only players in Canucks history with multiple 60-assist seasons. Sedin did it six times.
- Elias Pettersson extended his point streak to eight games
- Canucks: Host Vegas on Tuesday night.
- Ducks: Host Calgary on Tuesday night.
Sources: nhl.com, Associated Press