Matt Beleskey’s first period goal was all Anaheim needed Tuesday as the Ducks blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0.
Kyle Palmieri, Rickard Rakell and Patrick Maroon also found the back of the net while Frederik Andersen made 17 saves for the shutout.
The win was the Ducks’ seventh in a row. Anaheim has now won eight of nine.
The Vancouver Canucks have now been shutout in back-to-back home games and have not scored on home ice since the first period of their 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Jan. 8.
Vancouver lost forward Derek Dorsett to an upper body injury early in the second period.
Dorsett was the recipient of a questionable hit from Ducks forward Ryan Kesler.
There was no penalty on the play.
Post-game Canucks coach Willie Desjardins called the hit high, but had no further update on Dorsett.
Ryan Miller made 20 saves in the loss.
Zack Kassian will be a healthy scratch tonight when the Vancouver Canucks play host to the L.A. Kings.
Kassian has not played since Nov. 25, in part, due to a finger injury.
According to coach Willie Desjardins, with the Canucks collecting points in four straight, including an impressive 3-1 win in San Jose, it’s tough to make a lineup change.
“(He) has done everything we’ve asked (and) worked really hard,” said Desjardins per The Vancouver Province. “It’s just hard some times. You’ve got tough line-up decisions. When you have guys that are playing well, some times you want to stay with it.”
Kassian has two goals and five points in 17 games this season to go along with a minus-5 rating.
“It’s definitely frustrating. I’ve prepared myself the way I have to to play, but the team is playing well right now,” Kassian said. “The finger is 100%. It’s been 100% for a little while now.
“The coach doesn’t see me fitting in right now. That’s the coach’s decision. It’s definitely frustrating. I want to play. But there’s nothing you can do about it. You can sit here and whine all day. It’s not going to help. When I get my chance, I’m not going to come back out, I can tell you that.”
Kassian has missed 18 games due to multiple injuries this season.
The 23-year-old netted a career-high 14 goals and 29 points in 73 games last season.
Vancouver Canucks rookie Bo Horvat was told following Tuesday’s morning skate that he’ll remain with the parent club all season.
Coach Willie Desjardins delivered the news following a brief video session.
The Vancouver Canucks have missed the playoffs just once in the past five seasons, but apparently the fashion in which they failed to qualify for the postseason in 2013-14 was enough for the fan base to send a message.
According to ticket broker Kingsley Bailey of Vancouver Ticket, demand for Canucks tickets has fallen about 40 percent compared to September 2013.
Speaking with CKWX News 1130 in Vancouver, Bailey said, “Right now there is no demand for Vancouver Canucks tickets.”
According to the radio station, the team announced earlier in the week that ticket prices would not be reduced.
“If they want to drop prices, they can. But if they don’t feel they have to and the demand is there — that’s their call. But as far as what I know — and I’m on the front lines when it comes to dealing with Vancouver Canucks tickets — the demand is definitely lower and if they really want to get an increase in fans, even the average fan that wants to go to the odd game, they’re going to have to lower prices,” said Bailey.
The Canucks are of course in transition period after cleaning out their front office and dealing veteran center Ryan Kesler at the NHL Draft.
“For the last couple of years, we have been taking hits and we’ve adjusted accordingly,” Bailey said. “We definitely don’t see demand for tickets for the Vancouver Canucks for two to three years — minimum.”
The Canucks open the 2014-15 season on the road in Calgary Oct. 8 before hosting Edmonton in their home opener Oct. 11.
You don’t play the game the way Derek Dorsett does without developing a few enemies along the way.
Last season alone Dorsett had 12 fighting majors (preseason included) according to HockeyFights.com. Two of those fights came against the Vancouver Canucks.
During a pre-season game last September, he dropped the mitts with Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa.
Then during a regular season meeting between the Rangers and Canucks in November, Dorsett and Vancouver tough-guy Tom Sestito dropped the gloves.
In June, the Canucks acquired the hard-nosed forward reuniting him with his fight partners.
“It’s a funny world that way,” Dorsett told Canucks TV, “You’re enemies one day and you’re best friends the next season. Everyone’s professional and everyone knows what their jobs are. Everyone respects each other.”
Dorsett also has a previous relationship with new head coach Willie Desjardins having played for the Canucks bench boss while with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League.
The 27-year-old was part of Desjardins’ team, which lost the 2007 Memorial Cup final to the Vancouver Giants in Vancouver.
“Its funny, the hockey world is a small world,” he said. “To be back with Willie is great. I think he deserves a chance here in the NHL. I know when he was in Medicine Hat he was a real good coach and I think he’s going to do a great job in Vancouver.
“I’m looking forward to working with him again.”
Dorsett had eight points in 51 regular season games with the Rangers last season while racking up 128 penalty minutes. Ironically, he could find himself fighting for playing minutes with Sesito this season on Vancouver’s fourth line.