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Bryzgalov shines, Melin scores in debut as Ducks win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Ducks didn't suffer any
hangover from their most embarrassing loss of the season. Coach
Randy Carlyle wouldn't let them.

Bjorn Melin scored in his NHL debut and the Ducks also got goals
from Travis Moen and Ryan Getzlaf to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2
on Sunday night, ending a four-game losing streak. The victory
restored some confidence to an injury-riddled club that had allowed
four third-period goals in a 4-3 home loss to Columbus on Friday.

"Our message after that game was that the only way we were
going to be able to prevent what happened from continuing on was to
have 20 guys give us our best 60 minutes," Carlyle said. "They
made a commitment to do that, and that was all part of the process
-- not focus on the negative spiral that we've been in, but to focus
on how to get out of it collectively. We're going to feel a lot
better about ourselves tomorrow than we did on Saturday morning."

Ilya Bryzgalov, making his third consecutive start in net
because of Jean-Sebastien Giguere's groin injury, stopped 33 shots
to post his first victory since Nov. 3. Rob Niedermayer added an
empty-net goal with 4.1 seconds left, helping send Detroit to its
third straight loss.

Mikael Samuelsson and Tomas Holmstrom scored power-play goals
for the Red Wings, who are 0-3 on their five-game trip. Both of
their three-game losing streaks this season have included losses to
Anaheim and San Jose.

"When you set up your road trip and you know you're playing
Anaheim, you know they're right there at the top," said Detroit
coach Mike Babcock, who guided the Ducks to the Stanley Cup Finals
in 2003. "We had every opportunity to win, and Bryz made some
great saves for them. But we shot two in our own net tonight, and
that's not going to happen very often."

Melin, a 25-year-old right wing acquired from the New York
Islanders in March 2002, put Anaheim ahead 2-1 at 10:36 of the
second when his intended centering pass for Andy McDonald changed
direction off the stick of Detroit's Brett Lebda and got past
Dominik Hasek. The play began when Teemu Selanne intercepted Robert
Lang's breakout pass outside the Red Wings' blue line.

Getzlaf made it 3-1 about 2 minutes later with his 17th goal,
beating Hasek to the stick side with a slap shot from the top of
the right circle.

"I had a good look at it and I saw it all the way, but I guess
I misplayed the puck," said Hasek, a six-time Vezina Trophy winner
and two-time All-Star who was back between the pipes for the first
time since allowing a career-high eight goals in Thursday's 9-4
loss to the Sharks. "It was a good shot, but I should have made
the save. If he shot it 10 more times, I would probably make 10
saves."

A delayed penalty was about to be called against Anaheim's Sean
O'Donnell for cross-checking Holmstrom when a shot by Henrik
Zetterberg skipped off Holmstrom's skate and past Bryzgalov,
trimming the Ducks lead to 3-2 with 17:46 to play and Joe DiPenta
already in the box for high-sticking.

Detroit was pressing for the tying goal when Bryzgalov dropped
to his knees to smother a 10-foot wrist shot by Pavel Datsyuk with
1:25 remaining.

"The ice obviously got tilted in the third period," Carlyle
said. "They got some very talented people, and if you let them
skate through the neutral zone they can burn you. There's no
question they're a very skilled group, but our commitment and our
work ethic was very large and we won our share of one-on-one
battles."

Detroit defenseman Danny Markov, who inadvertently deflected a
puck into his own net for the tiebreaking goal in the Red Wings'
4-2 loss at Los Angeles on Saturday, also got a stick on a wrist
shot from the top of the right circle by Moen that beat Hasek to
the stick side and gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead at 1:15 of the second.

"Sometimes you play hard and the bounces don't go your way,"
Hasek said. "The first two goals were deflections from my
teammates, and those were tough goals."

Datsyuk returned to Detroit's lineup after sitting out three
games with a groin injury, but defenseman Mathieu Schneider left
the game after just two shifts because of what the Red Wings
described as a lower body injury.

Game notes
Ducks C Samuel Pahlsson played in his 237th consecutive
game, tying D Oleg Tverdovsky's franchise record. He hasn't missed
a game since Feb. 5, 2003, when he was a healthy scratch. ... The
NHL honored Giguere in a pregame ceremony for his 25th
regular-season shutout (Dec. 6), a modest feat considering the fact
that 13 other current goaltenders have more shutouts than Giguere --
and five of them are on a list of 26 goalies with 42 or more. The
record is 103 by Terry Sawchuk, who had 85 shutouts with the Red
Wings.