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Giguere dishes out the credit all around the Ducks

12/16/2002

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere refuses to take
all the credit for his three-game shutout streak.

''It's flattering, but you have to put the whole team in,''
Giguere said. ''My teammates made it much easier for me.''

Giguere made 19 saves for his franchise-record third consecutive
shutout in the Anaheim Mighty Ducks' 5-0 victory over the
Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night.

Andy McDonald scored twice, Mike Leclerc had a goal and three
assists for his first four-point game, and Matt Cullen had a
career-high four assists for the Mighty Ducks, who have won four
in a row overall and are 4-0-3 in their last seven home games.

Giguere has not allowed a goal in the last 200 minutes and 15
seconds -- a franchise and personal record. The shutout was his
fourth of the season, and 12th of his career.

The Penguins, who have lost eight in a row, have allowed the
first goal in six of those games.

''You always hope that you can score the first goal and get a
bit of momentum going,'' Pittsburgh coach Rick Kehoe said. ''We had
opportunities, we couldn't capitalize on them.''

Anaheim defenseman Keith Carney opened the scoring 10:17 into
the first.

Jason Krog poked the puck free in the left corner and directed
the puck to Paul Kariya behind the net. Kariya sent a centering
pass to Carney, who put a shot under the crossbar for his third
goal.

The Mighty Ducks made it 2-0 at 19:07 of the first when Petr
Sykora put in Cullen's rebound for a power-play goal.

Anaheim added two more goals in the second period, when the
Mighty Ducks outshot the Penguins 16-4.

McDonald directed in a pass from Cullen 2:27 in to make it 3-0,
and Leclerc was credited with a goal at 13:34 when his backhand
pass from the right sidewall went off the top of the net and off
Jean-Sebastien Aubin's glove past the goal line.

It initially was ruled the puck did not cross the goal line, but
the decision was overturned following a video review.

''I had no idea what happened,'' Aubin said. ''I thought the
puck was going over my head. It hit my pads, hit my arm and somehow
rolled into the net.''

McDonald scored his ninth of the season at 8:14 of the third to
make it 5-0.

The Penguins' league-leading power play was 0-for-3 as the
Mighty Ducks haven't allowed a power-play goal in four consecutive
games and eight of their last nine, killing 33 of 34 opponent power
plays during that span.

''Our penalty kill was excellent early when we needed it,''
Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. ''All in all, it was a pretty good
night for us. We didn't give them many opportunities.''

Game notes
Aubin made 42 saves for Pittsburgh. ... Mario Lemieux was
held scoreless for the first time in his last 14 games. The
league's leading scorer with 55 points in 29 games took just one
shot. ... The two points gave Anaheim 35 for the season, the
highest total through 31 games in the franchise's 10 seasons. The
previous high was 31 in the 1999-2000 season. ... The Mighty Ducks
took a season-high 47 shots, three more than their previous high
and five short of the franchise record. It was also the most
allowed by the Penguins this season. ... Anaheim defenseman Ruslan
Salei was scratched because of a back strain. Salei has missed the
last five games and seven of the last eight.