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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Anaheim Ducks News - Ducks lose 3-2 (SO)

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Much like their spirited challenge for the net as teammates the last two seasons, the Ducks' Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Phoenix's Ilya Bryzgalov brought the best out of each other Saturday night.
Perhaps this game should have been played four years ago when the NHL was content with allowing games to end in a tie. Both were that sharp from the first puck drop.

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But the league saw fit to make sure there was a winner and a loser by putting in the shootout after the lockout, which is just what it took to decide a 3-2 victory by the Coyotes at Arena.
The difference was that Peter Mueller scored on Giguere and the Ducks couldn't put one by Bryzgalov in their three attempts. Not surprisingly, the Ducks weren't all that disappointed with this defeat after winning 24 hours earlier at home.

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OC Register Coverage

Given that both of them stopped pretty much everything they had a realistic shot at, it was only fitting that Saturday night's goaltending duel between Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Ducks and former protégé Ilya Bryzgalov would come down to a shootout.

For the second time since being obtained by Phoenix on waivers Nov. 17, Bryzgalov beat the Ducks in the NHL's regular-season tie-breaking format. He foiled all three Ducks shootout attempts, while rookie Peter Mueller slipped a shot past Giguere to give the Coyotes a 3-2 triumph at Arena.

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MVN Coverage

Once again, the Ducks could not score more than two goals in a game, a problem that needs to be resolved. The Ducks were playing the second of back to back games in Phoenix, having played Chicago the night before. Jean-Sebastien Giguere was back in net after sitting out last night’s contest. In spite of having had some “flu-like” symptoms the day before, Giguere stopped 32 of 34 shots. At the other end was former Ducks goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov, looking happily competitive and stopping 29 of 31 shots. It was the second time the goalies had faced off against each other, the first time also ending in a shut out.

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