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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Saturday and Sunday Pt. 1 - Ducks Win!

Well I missed most of lat nights game, and the part I did not miss was via the radio so I am thankful for the video highlights from the Anaheim Ducks web site.

Photo of the game

Official Game Report

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Game coverage via the AP

Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 30 shots and the Ducks beat Phoenix 5-2 on Saturday night for their first road victory of the season.

Giguere, bidding for this 26th career NHL shutout, lost the whitewash early in the final period. The 30-year-old netminder picked up his third win of the season to go with three losses and one tie.

The Ducks used a two goal flurry in a span of less than four minutes in the second period to create room for the victory. After Phoenix defeated St. Louis in its home opener, the Coyotes have not won on home ice since Oct. 4.

Corey Perry began the spurt by picking up a loose puck in front and lifting in a backhander at 4:58. Less then four minutes later, defenseman Mathieu Schneider's shot from the left point was tipped in by Brad May, his first of the season, giving the Ducks a 3-0 lead.

Midway through the opening session, the Ducks broke out on top. Skating with a two-man advantage, Schneider rifled in a 30-foot drive from the slot at 11:13 for a 1-0 Anaheim lead

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OC Register Game Coverage

The Ducks didn’t unearth a time machine somewhere in the Arizona desert. It only seemed that way Saturday night at Arena.

Playing something much closer to the style of hockey that carried them to a Stanley Cup championship last season, rather than the frustrating imitation that had been present through much of the first 14 games this season, the Ducks earned a 5-2 victory over the rejuvenated Phoenix Coyotes.

“That’s how we want to play right there,” Ducks right wing Corey Perry said. “That’s our game, getting in on the forecheck. We scored a few goals on the forecheck. That’s how we play, and that’s how we’re going to be effective. When we get a game like this, everybody builds on it. The confidence starts going up. That’s how we have to play from now on.”

Perry was the biggest star among many for the Ducks, collecting the “Gordie Howe hat trick” with a goal, an assist and a fight against Phoenix roughneck Daniel Carcillo - all in the second period. For good measure, Perry applied the finishing touch by scoring a length-of-the-ice, empty-net

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LA Times Game Coverage

If Mathieu Schneider is providing an instant impact while working his way into the lineup, the Ducks can only imagine what he'll bring when he feels at home.
In his second game with his new team after coming back from injury, Schneider helped the Ducks out of their deep offensive funk with a goal and two assists in a 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes for their second win in a row Saturday night at Arena.

Corey Perry scored his team-leading seventh and eighth goals of the season, Brad May got his first and Ryan Getzlaf had a power-play goal as the Ducks (6-7-2) claimed their first road victory in seven tries this season.
"We felt that this group can play on the road," Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said. "We know that. We don't really look at it as a monkey off our back. We just made a statement that we had to have a starting point for the road. Tonight was a nice effort on our behalf."
The 38-year-old Schneider seems as if he is making up for lost time after missing the first 13 games of the season because a broken bone in his left ankle.
Two nights after providing the winning shootout goal in a 2-1 win over Columbus, Schneider put the Ducks on the scoreboard 11:43 into the first period with their first power-play goal since defenseman Chris Pronger scored against Dallas five games ago.

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MVN Game Day Coverage

The Ducks took a one game road trip to Phoenix on Saturday to play their Pacific Division rival for the second time this season and they ended up with their first win on the road. The game was the first of ten consecutive games against Pacific Division Rivals and going into tonight’s game only four points separated the five teams. The Ducks are now tied for second place in the division with the Kings, only one point behind San Jose, who defeated the Kings in their second of back to back games.

The last time the Ducks played Phoenix on October 25, Alex Auld got the 1-0 shutout for the Coyotes at the Honda Center. Auld was in goal again for the Coyotes but there would be no shut out in this game. The Ducks had all of their players tonight, except for Todd Bertuzzi (concussion). Defenseman Mathieu Schneider, playing in only his second game of the season, continued to make a huge difference for the Ducks by scoring the first goal of the evening on the power play and earning two assists on later goals.

The Ducks have struggled all year on the power play and went into the game with a 9.8% success rate. Only Phoenix (8.2%) and Edmonton (5.6%) have been worse with the man advantage. Now that Schneider is back, the power play has gotten a huge boost that started in the last game against Columbus. The Ducks had their chances in that game, but were met with the league’s best penalty kill. Tonight the Ducks got not one but two power play goals out of six opportunities, both of them coming on 5 on 3’s. Schneider’s goal came at 11:13 in the first period and he assisted on Ryan Getzlaf’s power play goal at 13:19 in the third period

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