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Surging Ducks aim to extend winning streak against Canucks

Nov 30, 2006 - 1:42 PM Anaheim (18-2-6) at Vancouver (12-12-1) 10:00 pm EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) - Fresh off an improbable victory, the Anaheim Ducks look to extend their winning streak Thursday, when they visit the Vancouver Canucks.

The Ducks opened their three-game road trip in grand fashion Tuesday with a 3-2 overtime triumph over the Edmonton Oilers.

Chris Kunitz tallied with 17 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Ryan Getzlaf scored the winning goal in the extra session for Anaheim, which has won three straight and five of its last six.

After posting a 9-0-3 record in October, the Ducks have gone 9-2-3 in November. They hope to end the month on a strong note Thursday against a Canucks team seeking to exact a measure of revenge.

The last time these clubs met was November 9, when Anaheim rolled to a 6-0 victory here. Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 20 shots to record his 23rd career shutout while Getzlaf tallied twice for the Ducks, who won despite going 0-for-7 on the power play.

The Canucks at the time were mired in a stretch in which they lost six of seven games and struggled offensively. After a three-game winning streak from November 17-22, Vancouver has dropped two of its last three, tallying just twice over that span.

Roberto Luongo continued his recent stellar play Tuesday, stopping 24 shots to lead Vancouver to a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was the second shutout this season and 29th career for Luongo, who is 4-1-0 with a .927 save percentage over his last five games.

Captain Markus Naslund netted the lone goal Tuesday for the Canucks, who have won three straight home games and improved to 6-5-0 at General Motors Place this season.

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