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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Ottawa's Ray Emery made more saves, and far more dramatic ones. By comparison, Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere had a blue collar-like game in the net.

Still, at the end it was "Jiggy" and the Ducks with a 3-2 victory over Emery and the Senators in Monday night's opening game of the Stanley Cup finals.

Anaheim defenseman Sean O'Donnell said it was classic Giguere.

"That was true Jiggy. He always says that if you see him sliding, or on his stomach or back, that means he was out of position," O'Donnell said. "He's amazing at being in the right position.

"I was a little nervous with (Ottawa's Daniel) Alfredsson having the puck there in the last few seconds, but it worked out OK."

Anaheim's defense did a solid job in front of Giguere, limiting Ottawa to 20 shots - including only five by the Alfredsson-Dany Heatley-Jason Spezza line.

He made three saves during a 1:35 span of the second period when the Senators had a two-man advantage, which several of his teammates said was a crucial juncture in the game.

Ottawa finished with seven power-play opportunities, scoring on two of the first three before the Ducks' penalty kill unit and Giguere blanked them for the final four.

"That's how he plays. He just doesn't get rattled, doesn't give up," Anaheim forward Corey Perry said of Giguere.

The victory ran the Anaheim goalie's record this postseason to 10-3, while Emery lost for the fourth time in 16 starts.

Giguere did make a couple of superb saves, including blocking and smothering the puck with bodies crashing in front of him with the Senators frantically applying pressure in the waning moments of the game.

He shut them out after allowing the two power-play goals: first by Mike Comrie just 1:38 into the game with Scott Niedermayer off for high-sticking, then by Wade Redden for a 2-1 Senators lead at 4:36 of the second period while Ryan Getzlaf was off for cross-checking.

Comrie scored on a relatively routine shot, but Giguere was screened - and fumbling for his stick - when Redden's shot got past him.

Giguere knew what he did wrong on each.

"The first goal, it hit my glove and bounced up in the air," he said. "(The second), I lost my stick and it was kind of distracting; I was trying to get it, and the next thing I knew, he had shot the puck."

Giguere, the playoffs MVP when the Ducks made it to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2003 before losing to New Jersey, has a .930 save percentage and 1.91 goals-against average during this postseason.

While he and the defense kept Anaheim in the game, the brother act of Scott and Rob Niedermayer again helped the Ducks pull out a close one.

Scott passed to his brother, who slid the puck to Travis Moen, and Moen beat Emery for the winning goal with 2:51 remaining in regulation. Scott scored two late winners earlier in the playoffs, with Rob figuring in the play both times.

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