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Giguere, Getzlaf lead the way as Ducks hand Habs first regulation loss, 6-4

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MONTREAL - Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 47 saves and Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists as the Anaheim Ducks handed the Montreal Canadiens their first regulation time loss of the season with a 6-4 victory Saturday.

Kent Huskins, Corey Perry, Chris Kunitz, Travis Moen and Teemu Selanne also scored for the Ducks (4-5-0), who won their third straight and fourth in five games after an 0-4-0 start.

Alex Tanguay scored twice while Saku Koivu and Tom Kostopoulos also scored for the Canadiens (5-1-1), who saw their five-game winning streak snapped in front of another Bell Centre sellout of 21,273.

Montreal's 51 shots marked the first time the Canadiens registered at least 50 in a game since April 1, 1996.

Giguere continued his solid play of late that's triggered Anaheim's streak. After allowing 13 goals in his first three starts, he's given up only eight goals on 150 shots in his last four games for a save percentage of .947.

With Carey Price recovering from a virus the Canadiens started backup Jaroslav Halak, but he didn't get past the second period after surrendering four goals on 12 shots. Price allowed two goals on 13 shots after coming in at 4:40 of the second period.

Halak entered the game having allowed only two goals on 61 shots in two starts this season.

Canadiens winger Chirstopher Higgins played his first game of the season after recovering from an injured groin and earned an assist on Koivu's goal, though his turnover led to Getzlaf's goal in the first.

With the teams tied 2-2 after one period, Kostopoulos gave Montreal a 3-2 lead at 1:34 of the first when he batted a rebound out of the air and in for his first of the year.

But Anaheim charged back to score two goals in two minutes and chase Halak, with Perry burying his first of the year at 2:40 on a power play and Kunitz also notching his first at 4:40 off a nifty feed from Scott Niedermayer to make it 4-3 Ducks.

The Ducks scored shorthanded at 16:39 when Moen fended off Andrei Markov to chase down a loose puck and flipped a backhand over Price's glove hand to make it 5-3.

Selanne made it 6-3 with a power play goal at 5:40 of the third when he buried a rebound of a Chris Pronger slap shot, but Tanguay made it 6-4 at 13:45 with his team-leading fifth of the season.

Montreal gave up the first goal for the first time this season, and it came on Anaheim's first shot.

Enforcer George Parros skated up the right wing and found Huskins in the slot, who put a shot inside the far post for his second of the year at 2:50.

Less than three minutes later Perry found Getzlaf on a 2-on-1 break for his second in as many games after starting the season without a goal in his first six contests.

Montreal tied it by the end of the first thanks to the power play, with Tanguay scoring on a backdoor pass through Niedermayer's legs from Alex Kovalev at 11:40. Koivu then scored his fourth on a great pass from Higgins at 16:23, just as a penalty to Todd Marchant was expiring.

Notes: Habs D Ryan O'Byrne and winger Mathieu Dandenault were healthy scratches. ...Andrei Kostitsyn is still recovering from the huge hit he took from Phoenix D Kurt Sauer last Saturday night, though he skated with his teammates for the first time since the hit Saturday morning. ...Ducks new acquisition Bret Hedican and winger Brad May were scratched.

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