VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Minus their captain and leading scorer, the Anaheim Ducks didn’t miss a beat.
Corey Perry and Patrick Eaves scored 74 seconds apart early in the first period, and the playoff-bound Ducks cruised past the listless Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Tuesday night to extend their season-high winning streak to five games.
Ryan Getzlaf, who leads the Ducks with 66 points, skated in warmups but was a late scratch with a lower-body injury. Anaheim was unfazed, grabbing a 2-0 lead just 1:37 into the game.
“It was huge,” Perry said. “It’s a big hole. (Getzlaf) has been playing some of his best hockey all season and guys stepped up.”
Nick Ritchie, with a goal and an assist, and Brandon Montour also scored for Anaheim, which clinched a playoff spot earlier in…