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Ducks snap Blackhawks? eight-game win streak

by Brian Hunter / NHL.com
The Anaheim Ducks are more concerned with saving their season, but with a big effort Friday they put an end to the Chicago Blackhawks’ eight-game winning streak.

Teemu Selanne scored a pair of power-play goals and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped all 28 shots he faced as the Ducks defeated the Blackhawks 3-0 at the Honda Center.

Chicago was attempting to match the franchise record of nine consecutive wins, set last Dec. 7-28.

"They deserve a lot of credit," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "Teams are ready for us and they know where we're at. They made a couple of decent plays and got some fortunate bounces. But at the same time, their power play was working."

Anaheim has now won four of five on a seven-game homestand that still has games remaining against Phoenix and Los Angeles. The Ducks started this stretch last in the Western Conference, but have now jumped into a tie for 12th, four points out of a playoff spot.

"It feels really good," Giguere said in a postgame TV interview, forced to pause after he couldn’t be heard over the roar of the remaining crowd. "Right now we're playing well defensively, scoring some big goals and everybody's contributing. It was a huge team effort today."

Giguere has won three straight following an 0-3-2 start to his season, stopping 96 percent of the shots he’s faced.

"Everybody was playing well and Jiggy played amazing," said defenseman Nick Boynton, who also scored with the man advantage. "When your goalie plays like that, it makes the game real easy. We hadn't played a full game yet and we are a quarter of the way into the season. Today, it was nice to get a full game in. To beat a team like that, it's a good feeling and a good confidence boost."

Selanne opened the scoring on a power-play goal with 42 seconds left in the first period. After Ryan Whitney sent the puck into the slot, Corey Perry collected it and passed over to Selanne for a one-timer that beat Cristobal Huet.

Selanne and Boynton added power-play goals 2:36 apart in the second as the Ducks opened up a 3-0 lead.

Ryan Getzlaf threw the puck in front as a Brent Sopel hooking penalty was getting set to expire. It took a bounce off Huet and Selanne was there to clean up at the 7:50 mark for his 14 th  of the season.

Boynton scored his first with the Ducks off a one-timer after Bobby Ryan dropped the puck back to him from the right circle.

"You get lucky once in a while," said Boynton, who has 34 goals in 526 career games. "Bobby is a great player and made a good play. Lucky for me, the goalie didn't see it."

Huet stopped 31 shots for the Central Division-leading Blackhawks, who had also won the first four of a six-game road trip that concludes Saturday in Los Angeles.

"We had a big win in San Jose, but we didn't get back to what made us successful in that game -- and that is hard work and playing as a team," Chicago center John Madden said. "We were a little soft out there, myself included. We gave up three power-play goals, and we have to find a way to stop that."

Material from wire services and team online media was used in this report.





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