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Anaheim 2, Minnesota 0

3/4/2004

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Samuel Pahlsson became the latest Mighty
Ducks player to do in the Minnesota Wild.

Pahlsson had the first two-goal game of his career and
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 28 saves to lead the Anaheim Mighty
Ducks to a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night.

Despite outshooting the Ducks 23-9 in the first two periods, the
Wild continued to be stymied by Giguere. He has allowed just four
goals in eight games against Minnesota, including three consecutive
shutouts during last year's Western Conference finals.

Giguere allowed only one goal in Anaheim's four-game sweep of
the Wild in May and just three in the previous two meetings this
season.

"We woke up from a deep sleep to play the third period,"
Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. "It's a good thing Jiggy was in
net."

Anaheim has won eight of nine home games and has earned points
in 12 consecutive home games (9-0-1-2).

The Ducks are also 6-0-1 in their last seven meetings against
Minnesota, including two wins and a tie this season and last year's
sweep in the playoffs. Anaheim, the West champion a year ago, is
seven points behind the final playoff spot.

"We came out flat and we played flat for two periods," Giguere
said. "It's good that we got a win, but we have to play better."

The Wild are winless in five games (0-4-1). They were also
unlucky Wednesday, hitting the post four times.

"We battled hard, but just got three or four crossbars,"
Minnesota forward Sergei Zholtok said. "It's tough when you don't
score goals and you're working hard every shift."

"I thought we played excellent," Minnesota coach Jacques
Lemaire said. "We had the chances, we just couldn't get the goals.
I thought the kids played well."

The Wild were controlling play outshooting Anaheim 17-7 when
Pahlsson set up his first goal by creating a turnover near the
Minnesota blue line. He quickly moved the puck across the zone to
Jason Krog and went to the net. Krog sent back a return pass and
Pahlsson shot it past goalie Manny Fernandez at 10:41 of the
second.

"It feels great to score goals, everyone loves it," said
Pahlsson, who entered with only four goals this season. "We all
want to score goals, I just hope I can help the team."

Pahlsson helped secure the win by sending a wrist shot from the
right circle past Fernandez when the goalie lost his stick 10:50
into the third.

Game notes
Anaheim forward Rob Niedermayer returned to the lineup
after missing 14 games with a groin strain. He missed 12 games
earlier in the season with the same injury. ... Ducks LW Mike
Leclerc missed a second game after reaggravating a knee injury
Saturday. ... The Ducks have killed 23 of 24 penalties the past
five games. ... Wild C Wes Walz didn't play because of an abdominal
strain.