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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News - Ducks win 5-2

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Chris Pronger and his fellow Ducks love to silence the Shark Tank, and Anaheim stopped the boos again Saturday night in another one-sided win.

The way San Jose is playing at home lately, even the Sharks think they deserve the boos more than Anaheim's much-loathed defenseman.

Pronger had a goal and an assist, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 27 saves in the Ducks' second win in San Jose in five days, 5-2 over the slumping Sharks.

Todd Bertuzzi, Corey Perry and Chris Kunitz also scored for the Ducks, who won their third straight against one of their most competitive rivals - or at least the Sharks used to be competitive with the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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To say that this game was physical is an understatement. While no fighting majors were assessed, five roughing penalties were given, along with 2 tripping, 2 interference, 2 slashing, and one each for cross-checking, hooking, holding, & elbowing, for a total of 15 minor penalties.

Just 1:03 into the first, the first major scrum broke out, letting both teams and all of the fans know just how this game was going to play out. Corey Perry took a roughing call just seconds after that, and when the doors opened to let him out, he played the puck while still standing in the penalty box. I thought it was a horrible call on the Ref’s part, but apparently it is a penalty.

LA Times Coverage

In a jovial dressing room after Wednesday's overtime win over Colorado, Ducks defenseman Mathieu Schneider offered an insight into a changing dynamic within.
"You can sense that some of the guys have their swagger back a little bit," Schneider said at the time. "That little cockiness that's important to have in a winning hockey club."
Maybe the big bad Ducks are back after all.

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MVN Coverage

The Ducks finished their Shark week with another win over their Pacific Division rivals. Coach Randy Carlyle surmised that one of the reasons why they play well against the Sharks is the “fright factor.” They don’t want to get embarrassed. “You have to be competitive against elite level teams.” The Ducks were competitive again. The Sharks were coming off a loss to the Phoenix Coyotes who tied up the game late with a short handed goal and then went on to win in overtime. That performance elicited a very long player only meeting. When Joe Thornton was asked his response to the meeting, he said it was “time for us to shut up and do what we’re paid to do.” The Sharks still weren’t up to the task.

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OC Register Coverage

The sixth in a row might as well have counted for two for the Ducks.

The big question entering Saturday was whether the Ducks could extend their five-game winning streak on San Jose’s home ice in the finale of a three-game mini-series between the teams.

Not only did the Ducks come out with a 5-2 victory, they defused a San Jose team that was coming off perhaps its worst loss this season by withstanding a third-period rally in front of a boisterous crowd of 17,496 at HP Pavilion.

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