Giguere hopes to continue his recent stellar play Friday when
the Ducks host the Devils in a matchup of division leaders.
The game constitutes a rematch of the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals,
when Giguere became the fifth player in NHL history to win the
Conn Smythe Award playing for a non-winning team. The Ducks and
Devils have played only once since then, a 3-3 tie on November
After struggling last season and ultimately losing his starting
job to Ilya Bryzgalov, Giguere has rebounded with a vengeance in
2006-07, going 12-1-5 with a .921 save percentage. He has been
particularly brilliant of late, going 5-1-1 with two shutouts
over his last eight games.
Anaheim hopes to bounce back from Wednesday's 3-2 shootout loss
to the Colorado Avalanche.
Giguere made 41 saves in the losing effort while Teemu Selanne
scored a power-play goal for the Ducks, who have dropped three
of their last five games.
New Jersey also looks to atone for a setback on Wednesday, a 3-1
loss to the lowly Phoenix Coyotes.
Brodeur stopped 24 shots for the Devils, who went 0-for-6 on the
power play and lost for just the second time in their last