New Jersey at Anaheim

Kunitz scores twice in third period to lift Ducks past Devils


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- There was no doubt about the second one.

Chris Kunitz scored twice in the third period to help the Anaheim Ducks beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Sunday night.

With the game tied at 2 early in the third, Kunitz wrapped around the New Jersey goal and tucked the puck under goalie Scott Clemmensen's pads.

While Kunitz had to initially wait for game officials to rule the puck had crossed the line for a go-ahead goal, he and everyone in the building immediately knew the puck was in the net when his wrist shot from the slot whisked past Clemmensen with 3:33 to play for the eventual winner.

"I've been up and down this year so far, it feels good to help contribute and get a win," Kunitz said after his first multiple goal game since Dec. 10.

Kunitz has 11 goals on the season and the Ducks needed both tallies Sunday to snap a two-game losing streak after Zach Parise drew the Devils within one in the final minute with his 24th goal.

"It was a tough game. They don't give you that many opportunities," said Parise, who also scored in a 5-1 win Saturday at Los Angeles as the Devils opened a six-game trip. "It was tough for us to establish the forecheck."

Corey Perry assisted on both of Kunitz's goals, making a quick contribution in his return after a four-game suspension for elbowing Philadelphia's Claude Giroux in the head Jan. 2. The Ducks were 2-2 in Perry's absence and had won just three of their last 10 games before the victory Sunday.

"He's a great offensive player that can move the puck and draws people to him," Kunitz said. "Any time you have a key offensive guy out of the lineup and you get him back, it gives the whole team a boost."

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 18 saves for his first win since Dec. 14. Giguere was benched Thursday night in Los Angeles after allowing three goals in the first 21 minutes. He had not won a game (0-2-2) since making 28 saves in a 4-2 victory over Minnesota last month.

"It was a good effort all around," Giguere said. "It's been a while since I got a win and it feels good. I won't lie to you."

Bobby Ryan and Samuel Pahlsson also scored for Anaheim.

Ryan, a rookie winger selected with the second overall pick in the 2005 draft, has six goals in four games and has been clicking at a point-per-game pace (12 goals, 14 assists) in 26 games since being recalled from Iowa on Nov. 15.

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf extended his current point streak to six games with an assist on Kunitz's second goal.

Bobby Holik and David Clarkson also scored for the Devils, who were held to just 10 shots in the first two periods.

"We didn't play smart hockey. They were doing the stuff that we weren't doing," Devils coach Brent Sutter said. "We had control of the puck but made a lot of neutral zone turnovers. We weren't dumping the puck smart."

The Ducks held an 8-1 shot advantage 12 minutes into the first period but suddenly trailed in the game when a shot from the right-point by New Jersey defenseman Mike Mottau deflected off Holik's helmet into the Anaheim goal.

Ryan responded 2:28 later, fighting off a check from Devils center John Madden to redirect a pass from the left corner by Brendan Morrison past Clemmensen.

Travis Moen then outraced Paul Martin for a loose puck in the right-corner, centering it to Pahlsson for a goal off a one-timed shot from the slot, giving Anaheim a 2-1 lead with just 9 seconds left in the first.

The Devils tied it on a power play with 3:04 in the second period. Clarkson wrestled a rebound of Brian Rolston's shot away from Giguere's glove and swiped it in for his eighth goal of the season.


  • Sunday's contest was the fourth between the teams since the Devils' Game 7 victory in the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals. The Ducks are 3-0-1 in regular-season play against the Devils since that Cup deciding game.
  • Veteran forward Brendan Shanahan, signed by the Devils as a free agent Saturday, will continue to skate on his own early this week while awaiting a decision about when he will join the team. Shanahan, who will turn 40 on Jan. 23, has not played this season.
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Bobby Ryan's first-period goal gets things started for the Anaheim Ducks.  (AP)
Bobby Ryan's first-period goal gets things started for the Anaheim Ducks. (AP)
New Jersey (24-15-3)1113
Anaheim  (22-17-5) «2024
Three Stars
C. Kunitz

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
B. Morrison

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
S. Niedermayer

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
12:53Bobby Holik (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Pandolfo, Mottau
15:21Bobby Ryan (12), Slap Shot. Assist: Morrison, Ebbett
19:51Samuel Pahlsson (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Moen, Niedermayer
16:56Power Play - David Clarkson (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Rolston, Zubrus
01:36Chris Kunitz (10), Tip-In. Assist: Perry, Niedermayer
16:27Chris Kunitz (11), Slap Shot. Assist: Getzlaf, Perry
19:29Zach Parise (23), Tip-In. Assist: Zajac, Gionta
Penalty Summary
02:33Rolston, 2 min, Tripping
10:48Zajac, 2 min, Hooking
13:02Parise, 2 min, Hooking
15:19Montador, 2 min, Hooking
05:41Holik, 2 min, Hooking
09:04Moen, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
New Jersey461121
Scott Clemmensen59:00304
Jean-Sebastien Giguere59:57183
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
New Jersey1-for-2
Game Information
Attendance - 17331
Referees - Paul Devorski, Dennis LaRue
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Brian Mach
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