The Vancouver Canucks lost to visiting Anaheim 7-3 in the NHL regular-season opener for both teams.
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Teemu Selanne collected two goals and two assists Saturday night to help make Cory Schneider’s first NHL season-opening start a short one and the Anaheim Ducks thumped the Vancouver Canucks 7-3.
Daniel Winnik added two goals for the Ducks while Sheldon Souray, Corey Perry and Kyle Palmieri also scored.
Schneider was pulled from the Vancouver net and replaced by Roberto Luongo after allowing goals to Perry and Palmieri 11 seconds apart early in the second period that capped a trio of Anaheim goals about three minutes apart.
According to The Vancouver Sun, the Canucks had never given up so many goals in a home opener. They have been in the NHL since 1970.
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Because of the league lockout, teams started training camp last weekend and are each playing 48 regular-season games instead of the usual 82. There were no exhibition games before the season.
All Canucks fans received free scarves and each adult was offered a free beer.
Vancouver hosts the Edmonton Oilers at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Winnik started Anaheim’s second-period scoring spree with his second goal of the game.
Schneider, who signed a three-year, $12 million contract last summer, allowed five goals on 14 shots.
“Tonight I didn’t perform or produce — and that’s on me,” he told the Sun.
Luongo, who was expected to be traded after he was replaced as Vancouver’s starter in last spring’s playoffs, stopped 10 of 12 shots in relief. He got a loud ovation when he replaced Schneider.
Dan Hamhuis, Daniel Sedin and Alex Edler scored for Vancouver.
Jonas Hiller made 26 saves for the Ducks.
lose to Chicago
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings and their fans waited 45 years to raise a Stanley Cup banner to the rafters. Then they waited three more months, thanks to the lockout.
After all that waiting, Los Angeles lost 5-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks. Until the game started, it was a perfect day for the Kings.
The Kings recognized last June’s Stanley Cup triumph in a joyous ceremony before the game, receiving their championship rings and showing off the Cup.
Although the defeat tempered the party, the Kings savored a day to enjoy their unlikely title.
“We enjoyed it, but we’ll try to learn from it as well,” captain Dustin Brown said. “To see our banners going up, and then at the same time not being as sharp as we want to be, it’s a mixed feeling.”