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Friday, December 7, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Friday - Ducks Beat Blackhawks 5-3

Well that was a great game. The Ducks continued to play as if their jobs depended on it (which it does). Here is tonight's coverage.

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Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 39 saves in the Ducks' 5-3 victory over the Chicago on Friday night.

Chris Kunitz added two goals - including an empty-netter - while Corey Perry and Mathieu Schneider also scored for the Ducks, who improved to 10-0-1 against the Blackhawks in their last 11 meetings.

The Ducks haven't lost to Chicago in regulation since falling 3-1 at the United Center on Nov. 2, 2003. The Blackhawks' only victory over the Ducks since then was a 4-3 shootout decision at Anaheim on Nov. 17, 2006.

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OC Register Coverage

The Ducks overcame Chicago goals early in the first and second periods Friday night to post a 5-3 victory over the Blackhawks at the United Center.

The Blackhawks threw a scare into the Ducks when Robert Lang’s goal at 18:10 of the third period cut Chicago’s deficit to 4-3, but Chris Kunitz scored his second goal of the game, into an empty net, with 28.7 seconds left.

After giving up a goal to Chicago’s Patrick Sharp at the 36-second mark, the Ducks scored twice in the second period to take a 3-2 lead, and Ryan Getzlaf added a key insurance goal on a breakaway 3:31 into the third period

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MVN Coverage

The Ducks met a vastly improved Blackhawks team for the first time this season. Patrick Kane, drafted #1 overall this past June, and Jonathan Toews, drafted 3rd overall in 2006, have both made an impact this year for the Hawks and helped put the team in playoff contention for the first time in six years. The Ducks were coming off an excellent 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, coupled with the news that defenseman Scott Niedermayer will be returning to the Ducks this year. Their efforts this evening seem to show that the Ducks have started heading in the right direction at long last.

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Chicago Tribune Coverage

The upstart Blackhawks are still learning what it takes to win, and facing a team that raised the Stanley Cup last season gave them a prime example of how to go about it.
But it was a hard lesson learned. Despite being outshot 42-22, the defending champion Anaheim Ducks came away with a hard-fought 5-3 victory Friday night at the United Center, handing the Hawks their third straight defeat.

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