"I felt the best I've felt this year, and I was seeing the puck
very well. The puck was sticking to me real nice, and I was real
patient," Giguere said after his first win in more than a month.
"The defensemen played unbelievable in front of me, so if you
put all that together, it makes for a good game."
Sergei Fedorov's power-play goal in the first period, his 11th,
gave Giguere all he would need.
The Ducks' goaltender, the MVP of last spring's Stanley Cup
finals, earned his first shutout of the season and his first win
since a 4-3 victory over St. Louis on Nov. 16. He had gone 0-5-2
over that stretch until blanking the Avalanche.
Particularly effective at smothering the puck when Colorado had
traffic in front of the net, Giguere made 17 saves in the second
period and 16 more in the third.
"Even though they only had five shots in the first period, I
knew they would be coming," said Giguere, who earned his 17th
career shutout and improved his record to 5-13-2 this season.
He was playing for just the second time since he was pulled in a
6-2 loss at Atlanta on Dec. 5. He sat out the last three games
while Martin Gerber was in goal; Anaheim went 1-2.
Colorado's Teemu Selanne seemed frustrated after the loss, the
Avalanche's second in a row after an eight-game unbeaten (4-0-4)
"It was just one of those games where nothing was getting
through," said Selanne, who got off only one shot. "We've
struggled a little lately, are trying too hard, want it too much
when we have a chance."
The game drew a crowd of 17,174, the Ducks' first sellout since
their home opener. Many fans bought tickets well in advance,
anticipating the return of Paul Kariya for his first game back
against his former teammates.
But Kariya, who left Anaheim to join former Ducks teammate
Selanne with Colorado, didn't make the trip because of a lingering
wrist injury that has sidelined him for 24 games this season.
Selanne, who played in San Jose after Anaheim traded him in
March 2001 and signed with the Avalanche before this season,
drew loud boos from the Ducks' fans almost every time he touched
Asked whether he thought the fans were venting against him because
Kariya wasn't available, Selanne said, "I hope not. If they boo
him like that after what he did here, it would be embarrassing to
Fedorov's goal at 14:38 capped a fine passing sequence,
beginning when Sandis Ozolinsh threaded the puck to Fedorov on the
Fedorov skated around the top of the right circle, passed to
Petr Sykora on the left side, then continued down the crease.
Sykora slid the puck right back to him and Fedorov's one-timer
sailed past goaltender David Aebischer's glove.
Ozolinsh, back after missing four games because of bruised
ribs, left the game late in the second period with a strained left
shoulder. ... Anaheim D Keith Carney was back after missing two
games with a sore back. ... Colorado C Peter Forsberg, out with a
groin injury, might play Saturday against Los Angeles. ... Kariya has
three goals and two assists in his seven games for the Avalanche.
Fedorov, signed as a free agent by Anaheim after Kariya left, has
13 assists along with his 11 goals.
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Arena: Honda Center Location: Anaheim, California
Referees: Dan Marouelli, Kelly Sutherland Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Vaughan Rody
Attendance: 17,174 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Sergei Fedorov (11)
(Power Play) Assists: Petr Sykora, Sandis Ozolinsh