Anaheim at Chicago

Getzlaf, Giguere power Ducks past Blackhawks


CHICAGO -- They Anaheim Ducks are starting to play like defending Stanley Cup champions.

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

Chris Kunitz added two goals -- including an empty-netter -- and Corey Perry and Mathieu Schneider also scored for the Ducks, who improved to 10-0-1 against Chicago.

After a 4-7-1 start, the Ducks are now 10-5-3 in their last 18 games.

"We've obviously had some wake-up calls in the last little while," Getzlaf added. "We need to bear down and play. We were able to do that tonight. We were a team."

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.

Following up on a solid 4-1 win at Buffalo on Wednesday, Anaheim fell behind 1-0 and 2-1 to Chicago on Friday.

But the Ducks rallied for the victory against Chicago, with Getzlaf's breakaway goal early in the third period turning out to be the eventual winner.

"I think it's just a matter of our ability to play and stick with the system we've put in place," Getzlaf said. "We weren't thrilled with our first period, but we were able to rally around each other and get some goals in the second and third periods."

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle also liked what he saw after the opening 20 minutes.

"We weren't very good in the first period," Carlyle said, "but I thought after that we were pretty good.

"We're a grinding team, a cycling team," he added. "We have to be a strong forechecking team. When we've had success, it's because we've established those traits."

Chicago's Jonathan Toews, the NHL's rookie goal-scoring leader, netted his 11th. Patrick Sharp and Robert Lang also scored for the Blackhawks, who lost their third straight. Nikolai Khabibulin blocked 17 shots.

Despite the loss, Chicago coach Denis Savard was pleased with the way his young team matched up against the defending Stanley Cup Champions.

"I liked our desire, our grit, our will," Savard said. "We have to bring it every night. If we do, we'll win lots of games. ... I know where we're at; we're very close. It's consistency we're looking for."

Toews opened the scoring with a power-play goal 1:07 into the first period.

Giguere stopped Dustin Byfuglien's shot from the blue line, but the rebound popped up over his shoulder. Toews batted the puck in as it landed on the ice

Perry's power-play goal with 6:06 left in the first tied it 1-all. He swept through the crease and knocked in a rebound while Anaheim's Todd Bertuzzi collided with Khabibulin. Goalie interference was not called because Bertuzzi was shoved into the crease by Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith.

Sharp made it 2-1 just 36 seconds into the second. While being checked to the ice in the left circle, Sharp's centering pass struck Kunitz's ankle and deflected in between Giguere's legs.

Kunitz tied it 2-all at 7:15 of the period. Set up by Perry, his quick shot from the slot rolled in over Khabibulin's blocker.

Schneider gave the Ducks their first lead, 3-2, with 8:13 left in the second. After the puck squirted out into the slot from a scrum on the right boards, Schneider skated in and beat Khabibulin high on the glove side.

Getzlaf's breakaway goal at 4:21 of the third made it 4-2. After slipping past the Chicago defense, Getzlaf took a pass from Francois Beauchemin and beat Khabibulin with a high backhand shot.

With Khabibulin on the bench for an extra attacker, Lang was credited with a goal with 1:50 left in the third that cut it to 4-3. Following a faceoff, Martin Havlat's shot from the point deflected in off Lang's abdomen.

Kunitz completed the scoring with his empty net goal.


  • Blackhawks C Jason Williams missed his fourth straight game and eighth in the last nine with a nagging groin injury and is out indefinitely.
  • RW Rene Bourque missed his eighth game with a broken thumb. Rookie C Jacob Dowell missed his fourth game with a broken right foot.
  • Anaheim C Brian Sutherby missed his second game with a groin injury and is day to day.
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Ryan Getzlaf watches his shot sail over Nikolai Khabibulin into the net for one of three points.  (AP)
Ryan Getzlaf watches his shot sail over Nikolai Khabibulin into the net for one of three points. (AP)
Anaheim  (14-12-4) «1225
Chicago (14-12-2)1113
Three Stars
R. Getzlaf

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
J. Giguere

Saves: 39
Save Pct.: .929
D. Byfuglien

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
01:07Power Play - Jonathan Toews (11), Backhand Shot. Assist: Dustin Byfuglien, Patrick Kane
13:54Power Play - Corey Perry (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Pronger
36.0Patrick Sharp (13), Backhand Shot. Assist: Dave Bolland
07:15Chris Kunitz (10), Snap Shot. Assist: Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf
11:47Mathieu Schneider (4), Snap Shot. Assist: George Parros, Brad May
04:31Ryan Getzlaf (12), Backhand Shot. Assist: Francois Beauchemin
18:10Robert Lang (8), Tip-In. Assist: Martin Havlat
19:31Chris Kunitz (11), Empty Net, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
14.0Beauchemin, 2 min, Slashing
02:06Koci, 5 min, Fighting
02:06Parros, 5 min, Fighting
13:46Wisniewski, 2 min, Hooking
14:48Marchant, 2 min, Slashing
03:42Burish, 2 min, Hooking
07:57Sharp, 2 min, Holding the Stick
13:58Zyuzin, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
20:00Pahlsson, 2 min, Cross-Checking
01:09Vandermeer, 2 min, Tripping
06:23Fraser, 2 min, Tripping
10:59DiPenta, 5 min, Fighting
10:59Burish, 5 min, Fighting
Shots On Goal
Jean-Sebastien Giguere60:00393
Nikolai Khabibulin58:54174
Game Information
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Referees - Kerry Fraser, Dennis LaRue
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Steve Miller
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