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

Mike Coppinger, Los Angeles Times on

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So if this outburst is a harbinger of what's to come, the Ducks just might be finding their game.

"We kind of told ourselves that we gotta go out and play with confidence," said Silfverberg, who scored an even-strength goal 35 seconds after his PP tally to make it 4-1. Both goals came in the first two minutes of the third period, and effectively crushed the Canucks' resolve.

"A little bit too much early in games we've been slapping the puck away and kind of shooting it from bad angles. Tonight we played with that confidence and it kind of showed. It opened up more space. Three (power-play) goals is a good confidence boost."

Silfverberg was the star of the game, but the man who might have enjoyed the victory most was in net, until he wasn't.

Ryan Miller's first home start of the season (16,038 in attendance) came against the team he jettisoned this summer after seasons in Canada.

He swatted away 13 of 14 shots, but exited the game midway through the third following a collision and was replaced by Reto Berra.

Carlyle said Miller suffered a lower-body injury and he'll be reevaluated Friday. So for now, with Gibson also hurt, it's Berra's crease.

Since Miller was facing his former squad, he was scheduled to receive the start anyway, but he's making a case for more playing time--if the injury isn't serious.

He's been superb during his three starts, and even at 37, its clear the former Vezina Trophy winner possesses plenty of game.

But with the Ducks' injury luck, surely there's worry that another key player will be sidelined for an extended period of time.

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