Vancouver Canucks get first back-to-back wins in a month | NHL
Cory Schneider made 26 saves for his first career shutout, Manny Malhotra scored two goals, and the Vancouver Canucks won consecutive games...
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Cory Schneider made 26 saves for his first career shutout, Manny Malhotra scored two goals, and the Vancouver Canucks won consecutive games for the first time in four weeks, beating the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 on Sunday.
NHL scoring leader Daniel Sedin scored a power-play goal in the third period for the Canucks, who kicked off a five-game trip by allowing just one goal during back-to-back wins over Los Angeles and Anaheim, two potential first-round playoff opponents.
"We're getting back to the things that made us successful over the course of the year," said Malhotra, who contributed his first two-goal game in four months. "(We're) getting on teams quick, forcing them to make errors and forechecking really hard."
Although the Canucks hadn't won two straight games since Feb. 4-7, the club also hasn't lost consecutive games in regulation since Nov. 20-21. A four-game winless skid in mid-January was the longest drought of a remarkable season.
Malhotra scored his 100th career goal in the opening minute before adding another goal 17 seconds into the second period. Jannik Hansen assisted on both goals as Vancouver moved seven points ahead of East-leading Philadelphia in the Presidents' Trophy race.
"When you come out the way we did and then you push the pace and roll the lines the way we were, we're pretty hard to play against," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said.
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