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Friday, January 4, 2008

Anaheim Ducks News - Ducks Win 2-1

The Ducks eeked out a victory over the severely depleted Chicago Blackhawks. I am happy we won, but we really should have annihilated them. Oh well, here is tonight's game reports.

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The Ducks offense got off to a fast start and their defense did the work the rest of the way as two first-period goals gave way to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center.

Corey Perry had a goal just 16 seconds into the game and Chris Kunitz had one at the end of the first to lead the Ducks to their second straight win and 11th in the last 12 contests with Chicago (including four in a row). In a game they looked like they should run away with, the Ducks had to rely on their defense to hold a one-goal lead over most of the last two periods in handing Chicago its fourth straight loss.

Swiss rookie Jonas Hiller had 20 saves saves in earning his third win of the season. Hiller got the start since the Ducks were playing the first of back-to-back games, and No. 1 goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere is expected to start tomorrow night at Phoenix.

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OC Register Coverage

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle didn’t even try to pretend that watching his club hang on for a second consecutive 2-1 victory wasn’t nerve-wracking.
“Just a little,” Carlyle said after Friday's decision over the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center. “It’s not like I’m back there whistling.”
With the offensively challenged Ducks managing only first-period goals from Corey Perry and Chris Kunitz, who struck on the power play, and Chicago’s Patrick Sharp scoring 1:56 into the second period, that left more than 38 minutes for the Ducks to nurse the most narrow of advantages.

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LA Times Coverage

Before they renew acquaintances tonight in Phoenix with their affable and eccentric former teammate Ilya Bryzgalov, the Ducks were happy to show the reason why they were willing to made the popular backup goalie expendable in November.
Looking more comfortable as he gets used to the NHL game, Jonas Hiller stepped in for an ill Jean-Sebastien Giguere on Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks and led the Ducks to a 2-1 win at the Honda Center.

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AP Coverage via ESPN

Jean-Sebastien Giguere had a touch of the flu and didn't take part in the morning skate, so it was up to rookie Jonas Hiller to give the Anaheim Ducks a solid effort in net. He didn't disappoint.

Hiller made 20 saves in his seventh NHL start and withstood a couple of shots off posts, making an early two-goal lead stand up and leading the defending Stanley Cup champions to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

"We're lucky that we have the caliber of goaltending that we have," coach Randy Carlyle said. "Jonas Hiller is a guy the organization felt would be able to come in and provide us with NHL goaltending. He proved that tonight, and he's going to have to prove it all along. That's the reality of the position. Hiller also needs to play more games -- not just get the tough hand to deal with when you're playing the second of back-to-backs."

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MVN Coverage

In the third period, the Ducks took advantage of a tired and depleted Hawks team. The Hawks took four penalties, including giving up a 5 on 3 with less than four minutes left in the game. Not a good way to tie up a game. The Ducks were unable to convert on any further chances and were 1 for 7 in the game. They killed off all four penalties against them. Khabibulin left the net with 1:00 minute left and the Hawks did their best to get another goal past Hiller. Hiller came up big when needed and stopped 20 of 21 shots.

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