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Ducks 3, Sabres 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:16 AM

Associated Press

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Ducks 3, Sabres 2
Buffalo Sabres 2, Anaheim Ducks 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -With All-Star Jean-Sebastien Giguere watching from the bench again, Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller got another chance and another win.

Chris Kunitz and Corey Perry scored third-period goals, and Hiller made 21 saves in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.

The start was Hiller's fourth in a row and third victory in that stretch. He's started six of Anaheim's last seven, posting a 4-2 record.

Giguere's father died in mid-December, and since the goalie came back, he's played fewer games than usual and been relatively inconsistent when he has been between the pipes. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said he wanted to give Giguere some time and some space to get his game back in order, thus Hiller gets the nod.

"We think this is the best route to take in this situation, and we're going to live with it," Carlyle said. "It's not like he (Giguere) is not going to play for our hockey club again. He's going to get his opportunity.

"As I've said, we have 1A and 1B. Jonas Hiller's come in and given us the goaltending that's necessary to have some success the last little while, but we're not afraid to go back to Giguere. He knows he's going to get his opportunity."

Hiller said he was surprised to be getting so many starts.

"You never hope that the other guy's struggling or anything. But as a backup, those are when you get the chances, and I know that," Hiller said. "So I'm going to try to keep it up.

"You can see Jiggy's not happy the way he's played and not happy that he's not getting a lot of starts right now, but he's not angry at me. He still supports me and helps me if I need anything. So it's awesome to work together with him."

Kunitz scored on a power play early in the period and Perry gave the Ducks a two-goal lead on another man-advantage midway through the third. Chris Pronger also scored for Anaheim.

Buffalo pulled within one when defenseman Craig Rivet scored with 6:33 remaining.

"We have to find ways to win those third periods," said Sabres center Paul Gaustad, who had two assists. "We kind of sat back on our heels. We passed up a lot of shots, so that is something we have to be better at."

The Sabres have four defensive regulars sidelined, which probably had something to do with the difference in shots. Buffalo took just 23 to the Ducks' 37.

"You look at our defense and you might think there is going to be a shot disparity," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "I didn't like our skill guys tonight; they didn't get enough done for us. There wasn't much coming from the top.

"The guys down below were getting most of the work done."

Teemu Selanne and Steve Montador each had two assists for the Ducks.

Perry's goal turned out to be the difference. Buffalo's Patrick Lalime slowed a shot, but the puck got past him and was sitting behind him in the crease. Perry then reached around and tapped it in for his 17th goal.

Rivet knocked in a rebound for his first goal of the season.

Andrew Ebbett and Kunitz combined on a bang-bang play early in the third period to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead while Rivet was serving a slashing penalty. Ebbett controlled the puck directly behind the Buffalo goal, then snapped a pass to Kunitz, bearing down on Lalime from the right side. Kunitz slid the puck between the goalie's pads for his 14th goal.

Patrick Kaleta scored Buffalo's first goal, 13:17 in. It was his third.

Notes: The Ducks were 2-for-3 with the man advantage. ... Anaheim C Samuel Pahlsson missed the game with flulike symptoms. ... The Sabres just recalled D Mike Weber from AHL Portland. Among the four missing defensive regulars for Buffalo is Jaroslav Spacek, who hurt his hip in a 2-0 win at Phoenix on Saturday. ... Rivet's goal ended a 65-game drought dating back to Jan. 12, 2008, when he scored for the San Jose Sharks against Toronto's Vesa Toskala. Rivet has 46 goals in 777 NHL regular-season games.

scoring summary
1st Period
13:17
BUF
Patrick Kaleta (3) ASST: Daniel Paille (10), Paul Gaustad (9)
1 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
12:43
ANA
Chris Pronger (9) ASST: Steve Montador (11), Drew Miller (4)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
03:34
ANA
PPG - Chris Kunitz (14) ASST: Andrew Ebbett (10), Teemu Selanne (14)
2 - 1 ANA
09:44
ANA
PPG - Corey Perry (17) ASST: Steve Montador (12), Teemu Selanne (15)
3 - 1 ANA
13:27
BUF
Craig Rivet (1) ASST: Paul Gaustad (10), Nathan Paetsch (4)
3 - 2 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
08:50
BUF
Craig Rivet  Fighting (maj) against  Corey Perry
08:50
ANA
Corey Perry  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Rivet
10:19
ANA
Bobby Ryan  Roughing against  Chris Butler
10:19
BUF
Chris Butler  Roughing against  Bobby Ryan
15:01
ANA
Steve Montador  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Rivet
15:01
BUF
Craig Rivet  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Montador
16:58
BUF
Mike Weber  Roughing against  Ryan Getzlaf
20:00
BUF
Paul Gaustad  Misconduct (10 min) against  Travis Moen
20:00
ANA
Travis Moen  Misconduct (10 min) against  Paul Gaustad
3rd Period
02:10
BUF
Craig Rivet  Slashing against  Andrew Ebbett
08:34
BUF
Ales Kotalik  Slashing against  Andrew Ebbett
10:15
ANA
George Parros  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Peters
10:15
BUF
Andrew Peters  Fighting (maj) against  George Parros
10:28
ANA
Drew Miller  Hooking against  Tim Connolly
18:19
ANA
Chris Pronger  Interference against  Patrick Kaleta
goalie stats
Patrick Lalime
SA: 37TOI: 58:59
Saves: 34EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .919SH: 2 - 2
Jonas Hiller
SA: 23TOI: 59:57
Saves: 21EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .913SH: 0 - 0