VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — This has been a productive business trip for the Anaheim Ducks.
Ryan Getzlaf, Rickard Rakell and Sami Vatanen each had a goal and an assist and Anaheim beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Thursday night to finish a grueling seven-game trip with yet another victory.
Josh Manson and Kevin Bieksa also scored and John Gibson made 19 saves for the Ducks. Anaheim wrapped the trip — which included over 7,500 miles traveled — with a 5-1-1 record and improved to 11-1-1 over their last 13 overall.
“I think it’s just one of those things when you find your game and you’re playing the right way and everyone is on board,” Bieksa said. “It took us a while to find of find our team identity.”
The Ducks are 18-4-2 since Christmas and sit just two points behind the Los Angeles Kings for first in the Pacific Division after starting the season 1-7-2.
“We’re a long ways from being where we want to be in a month from now,” Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Jannik Hansen and Sven Baertschi scored for Vancouver, and Ryan Miller stopped 28 shots. The Canucks dropped their third in a row — all…