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Ducks' power-play clicks in victory over Canucks 4-1

Mike Coppinger, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Hockey

ANAHEIM, Calif.--The Anaheim Ducks can breath easy.

Their four-game losing streak is over.

And the power play finally broke out of its season-long slump in a massive way.

Anaheim's 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday snapped the team's longest skid since they opened the 2016-'17 season with four consecutive setbacks.

"It's been a long wait for our power play to awaken," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "I think tonight we were more determined to get pucks back on our entry. We moved the puck effectively and got the puck directed towards the net.

"We were more tenacious. We were hungrier for the puck."

And the Ducks were again shorthanded, with John Gibson and Ondrej Kase unavailable after they suffered head injuries in Tuesday's overtime setback to the Kings.

But the players who did suit up skated at a frenetic pace.

Hampus Lindholm (bank shot off Markstrom's skate), Brandon Montour (wrister from the slot) and Jakob Silfverberg (one-timer) scored man-advantage goals to bring the 30th-ranked unit out of the doldrums.

The Ducks' power play wasn't just ineffective heading into the game. It was downright dreadful, with the team converting on just 10.6 percent of its 47 opportunities (four goals in 15 games).

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