NEWS
04/02/2016 00:45 EDT | Updated 04/02/2017 01:12 EDT

Etem burns Ducks in Canucks' 3rd-period rally for 3-2 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Emerson Etem scored the tiebreaking goal against his former team with 6:37 to play, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied from a third-period deficit for their second straight victory, 3-2 over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Dan Hamhuis scored the tying goal shortly after Nate Thompson put the Ducks ahead in the third period. Etem then batted home a rebound in the longtime Ducks forward's first game back at Honda Center since Anaheim traded the native of nearby Long Beach last summer.

Bo Horvat also scored and Jacob Markstrom stopped 34 shots for the Canucks, who snapped their nine-game winless skid Thursday in San Jose.

John Gibson made 25 saves and Josh Manson scored in the opening minute for the injury-depleted Ducks, who had won three straight.

Anaheim remained one point behind the archrival Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific Division standings. The Southern California rivals each have five games left, including a Freeway Faceoff next week.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Ducks, who played without seven regulars and lost forward Brandon Pirri in the second period.

The Ducks appeared to be in good position when Thompson scored his second goal in two games after going goalless in his first 42 games of the season. He converted a loose puck after an aggressive drive to the net by Chris Wagner in his first game with the Ducks since Nov. 13.

But Hamhuis tied it with a long shot through traffic for his third goal of the season, and Etem got a special bit of revenge on his former team.

The Ducks played without seven key contributors to their three-month rise from 29th place to Stanley Cup contention. Goalie Frederik Andersen (concussion), defenceman Hampus Lindholm (illness) and forwards David Perron (separated right shoulder) and Rickard Rakell (appendicitis) were all ruled out in the morning, joining defencemen Kevin Bieksa and Simon Despres and forward Mike Santorelli on Anaheim's injury list.

Anaheim lost Pirri in the second period after a big check from 6-foot-7 Canucks defenceman Nikita Tryamkin.

NOTES: The Canucks lost forwards Linden Vey (upper body) and Chris Higgins (lower body) to injuries in the second period. ... Perron, who has 20 points in 28 games with Anaheim, will be out for at least four weeks from the date of his injury, which apparently occurred March 21. Rakell, the Ducks' fourth-leading scorer, will return in a week. ... Wagner returned to Anaheim's lineup for the first time since the club reclaimed him off waivers from Colorado in February. Wagner, who was waived by the Ducks and picked up by the Avalanche in November, agreed to a new two-year contract before his recall from AHL San Diego earlier in the day.

Greg Beacham, The Associated Press