Pre-season almost over

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

A win! A goal in the shootout! Don't get too excited. It's still exhibition season.

Vancouver Canucks broke a four-game losing streak Wednesday and beat the Mighty Ducks in Anaheim 3-1 to notch their first win of their seven-game exhibition schedule. They followed the match with a 2-1 demonstration shootout win.

Captain Markus Naslund set the tone with a power play goal at 3:37 of the first period from Ed Jovanovski and Richard Park, who played two seasons for the Ducks from 1996 to 1998.

Steve McCarthy gave Vancouver the winner at 10:38 of the third on a power play with help from Henrik Sedin and Luc Bourdon. Bourdon, the Canucks' first round draft pick, bolstered his chances of being on the Canucks' opening day roster when he added an assist on Ryan Kesler's insurance marker with almost five minutes to go.

Teemu Selanne had the Ducks' only goal.

Park and Trevor Linden beat Duck goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere in the dress rehearsal of the National Hockey League's new post-overtime tiebreaker. The Canucks were 0-for-14 in the shootout after Monday's loss in Calgary.

Park's marker atoned for a failed shot in last Friday's loss to the San Jose Sharks.

"The more experience you get in this new system, the better and better you're going to feel," Park said. The Canucks close the pre-season tonight and tomorrow at General Motors Place against the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, respectively. Face-off is 7 p.m. both nights.


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