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Giguere strong in eighth straight start

2/24/2004

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Back-to-back games don't faze Anaheim's
Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Giguere made 37 saves in his season-high eighth straight start as the Mighty Ducks tied the Phoenix Coyotes 1-1 Monday night.

"I felt much better tonight than yesterday," said Giguere, who
took the loss Sunday against Dallas. "With back-to-back games, if
you get plenty of rest and hydrate yourself, you're young enough
you should be able to do it."

Jason Krog scored for the Mighty Ducks, who are 0-1-1-1 in their
last three games after winning five of six.

"One point isn't enough, but it's a step in the right
direction," Giguere said.

Daymond Langkow scored and Brian Boucher made 23 saves for the
Coyotes, who are 2-9-2-1 in their last 14 games. Phoenix's
10-13-5-2 home record and 27 points at home are the worst totals in the
Western Conference, better than only Pittsburgh and Washington in
the NHL.

The Coyotes are 3-1-1 against Anaheim.

Krog put Anaheim ahead 1-0 in the second period when he beat
Boucher off a rebound from the left side of the net. The goal was
Krog's fifth, his first since Nov. 28, a span of 34 games.

Langkow tied it with a short-handed goal with 1:22 left in the
period, deflecting Mike Comrie's shot while lying at the top of
the crease for his 18th.

"That's a typical goal for me," Langkow said. "I drove the
net there and fell down. I didn't even know I got credit for it."

The Mighty Ducks held Phoenix scoreless on seven power-play
opportunities. Anaheim has killed off 27 of its last 29.

"When your goalie's playing as well as Jiggy has been, the
penalty kill should be pretty good, as long as you don't let him
down and give up cheap ones," Ducks coach Mike Babcock said.

Anaheim's Sergei Fedorov had a chance for the winning goal
bounce off the right goalpost with 2:39 left in regulation. Fedorov
hit the same post early in the first period.

The Mighty Ducks also had a power-play opportunity with 2:06
left in overtime but managed just one shot on goal.

Game notes
The Coyotes waived LW Brian Savage before the game in what
the team hopes will be a salary-saving move. Savage, signed to a
$14 million, four-year extension in February 2002, is to make $3.75
million each of the next two seasons. If Savage isn't claimed off
waivers, the Coyotes are responsible for his salary. Savage had 24
goals in 128 games with Phoenix, including 12 in 55 games this
season. ... Coyotes left wing Andrei Nazarov was on the ice for
seven seconds before he was ejected for instigating a first-period
fight with Garrett Burnett.