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Scott Niedermayer lifts Ducks over Canucks in overtime

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ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Defenseman Scott Niedermayer

scored with 83 seconds remaining in overtime as the Anaheim

Ducks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over

the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.

Teemu Selanne, All-Star Ryan Getzlaf and Petteri Nokelainen

tallied in regulation while Erik Christensen and blue-liner Ryan

Whitney notched two assists apiece for Anaheim, which had

dropped four in a row at home.

"I think it's important for our well-being and our sanity,"

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We've worked hard in some

games and had as many chances as we had tonight and still came

up empty. It's always enjoyable when you can find a way to

win."

Alex Burrows and Kyle Wellwood netted goals before Ryan Kesler

forged a 3-3 tie with 4:58 left in the third period for the

Canucks, who have lost consecutive contests (0-1-1) following a

four-game winning streak.

"To give up a goal in overtime is inexcusable from everybody,"

Kesler said. "We need to tighten up defensively and our power

play needs to start going. This was a good game, but not good

enough."

Niedermayer, who also scored in a 3-2 setback to the Minnesota

Wild on Sunday, secured the win by taking a pass from defenseman

Chris Pronger and skating in on Roberto Luongo before firing a

hard wrist shot past the All-Star goaltender.

"I kind of bobbled it, so I didn't have time to think too much,

which is probably good," Niedermayer said. "I just went down

and tried to get it up high. I just worried about not getting

caught, not getting hit from behind.

"My strength as a player kind of helps in a situation like that,

where I need to skate and move. Great play by (Todd Marchant)

along the boards to win that battle. That's really where it

starts."

Selanne opened the scoring with 2:25 remaining in the first

period and Getzlaf doubled the bulge at 6:26 of the following

session. However, Burrows and Wellwood tallied against

netminder Jonas Hiller in a 50-second span midway through the

second to forge a tie.

"It's very frustrating right now," Burrows said. "We wanted

this win, we battled back twice to tie it up. We even killed

the 4-on-3 against one of the best power plays in the league in

overtime for more than a minute.

"And then to give up a breakaway at the end is pretty

frustrating."

Nokelainen - acquired from the Boston Bruins for defenseman

Steve Montador at the NHL trade deadline on March 4 - gave the

Ducks a 3-2 lead with 6:39 remaining in the period with his

first tally of the season.

"I think the new players (are) feeling more comfortable,"

Carlyle said. "We can't wait for people. We have to have a

contribution from everybody."

Kesler leveled the contest late in the third, collecting a loose

puck in front of the crease and lifting a backhander over the

shoulder of Hiller, who finished with 32 saves.

"It's the NHL, it's competitive," Vancouver coach Alain

Vigneault said. "All teams are good. We got off to a pretty

good start. Their goaltender had really good rebound control

tonight and made some big saves."

Luongo, who stopped 37 shots, lost for just the third time since

February 3.

"It's always tough to lose like that," Luongo said.?? "Bottom

line is, I don't think we played a great game. We've got to get

back to basics a little bit and make sure that we get back to

what made us successful in the last few weeks."

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