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Sedin brothers lead Canucks over Ducks 5-2

Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin, front, and brother Canucks' center Henrik Sedin (33) are congratulated by teammates after a goal by Daniel in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin, front, and brother Canucks' center Henrik Sedin (33) are congratulated by teammates after a goal by Daniel in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter)
December 30, 2011
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ANAHEIM, Calif.—Daniel Sedin scored two goals, twin brother Henrik had a goal and two assists, and the Vancouver Canucks also got goals from Cody Hodgson and Mason Raymond in a 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.

The Canucks, who won the Presidents' Trophy last season with 117 points before losing to Boston in the Stanley Cup finals, tied Chicago for first place in the overall NHL standings at 50 points with their 15th win in 19 games. Corey Schneider made 30 saves in his first start since giving up four goals in a loss at Carolina on Dec. 15.

After ending a 1-4 road trip Monday at San Jose with a 3-2 win that snapped a 13-game road losing streak, the Ducks began a six-game homestand with their 16th loss in 20 games. They haven't won two in a row since a four-game stretch that followed their opening-night loss to Buffalo.

Bobby Ryan and Nick Bonino scored third-period goals for Anaheim. Jonas Hiller stopped 12 of 16 shots before being replaced by Dan Ellis at 7:59 of the second period after Daniel Sedin scored his 16th goal to give Vancouver a 4-0 lead.

The Ducks have lost 18 of the 19 games in which Hiller has allowed more than two goals. The only exception was a 4-3 home win against the Canucks on Nov. 11.

The Canucks opened the scoring 71 seconds in. Anaheim defenseman Toni Lydman tried to backhand the puck to Nick Bonino along the end boards, but Alexandre Burrows intercepted the pass and quickly set up Henrik Sedin in the slot for a wrist shot that beat Hiller.

Hodgson made it 2-0 at 18:29, beating Lydman to the puck and converting his own rebound after Hiller stopped Hodgson's shot from the right circle. Lydman has a rating of minus-14 through Anaheim's first 36 games after finishing last season at plus-32.

Raymond scored Vancouver's third goal at 3:28 of the second, cruising down the slot and stretching out his stick to redirect Ryan Kesler's intended centering pass for Jannik Hansen at the edge of the crease.

Ryan ended Schneider's shutout bid with 13:49 left, two seconds after Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa served a slashing penalty. The Canucks got their only power-play opportunity when Lydman was sent off for cross-checking Dale Weise with 9:58 to play.

NOTES: Anaheim was 0 for 6 on the power play. ... The Canucks are 20-4 when scoring first, and 8-0 when one of the Sedins scores the team's first goal. Henrik Sedin has three goals in 15 games, but has assisted on 19 others. ... Ducks RW George Parros was a healthy scratch on his 32nd birthday. ... Vancouver is 18-0 when leading after two periods. ... Anaheim C Saku Koivu missed his eighth straight game because of a groin strain. ... Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has only two goals in his last 27 games.

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