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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Anaheim Ducks News - Ducks win 2-1

That was a fun game to watch. It was a goalies duel that ended with a Ducks victory. Giggy did great and while we did have some penalty problems, we still won. Enjoy the report!

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Official Ducks Coverage

Anaheim got on top on Ryan Getzlaf’s 15th goal of the season, set up by a great saucer pass from the redline by Francois Beauchemin. Getzlaf caught up to Beauchemin’s pass behind the defense, then made a move to his backhand before flicking it past Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire.

Columbus erased the deficit with 4:01 left in the first, on a play where they appeared to be offside before rookie Andrew Murray rushed into the attacking zone on his way to his first career goal. Murray’s first shot on the move was kicked away by Giguere, but Murray put back the rebound off the post, off Giguere’s skate and in.

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MVN Coverage

Giguere, who stopped 26 of 27 goals, including one at the final buzzer, thought the Ducks could “still do much better.” There is certainly room for improvement and as Pronger commented, “it wasn’t the best effort or the prettiest effort of the year.” But the results were just what the Ducks needed to start off the new year and it moves the Ducks in the right direction. Next up, the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday evening.

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AP Coverage via ESPN

Pronger, who beat the Blue Jackets with an overtime goal on Dec. 10 at Columbus, gave the defending Stanley Cup champions a 2-1 lead with just 14.7 seconds left in the second period, while Sergei Fedorov was serving a hooking penalty.

The Ducks' captain took what appeared to be a routine slap shot toward the net from the left point, and defenseman Ron Hainsey made a move to glove the fluttering puck. But as he jerked his hand away at the last instant, it deflected off him and past goalie Pascal Leclaire's glove.

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OC Register Coverage

It's not style points, but standings points, that matter to the Ducks.

Given that subtle but important distinction, Wednesday night's exercise at Honda Center qualified as a rousing success, even if it took two fortuitous bounces and an airtight defensive effort anchored by goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere to produce a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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LA Times Coverage

The calendar turned three days ago and the Ducks hope their fortunes have turned as well.
In the first half of the season, the defending Stanley Cup champions underachieved amid a host of injuries and a major shakeup in personnel. Whether it comes back to haunt them in the final 41 games remains to be seen.

But the Ducks started the new year on the right note with a 2-1 victory Wednesday night over the Columbus Blue Jackets before a sellout crowd of 17,174 at the Honda Center.

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