"He's always square to the puck and he's always in good
position. So the only way you're going to beat him is if you get
traffic in front and get rebounds," said Florida goaltender
Roberto Luongo, who also stopped 30 shots. "We battled hard
tonight, but we couldn't score."
It was Giguere's first shutout since March 3, 2004, against
"A shutout is a team thing, not a goalie thing, and everybody
needs to contribute to get a shutout," Giguere said. "The guys
did a great job making sure I would see the puck. I didn't have too
many difficult situations, and that's the way I like to play."
The Ducks, who beat Ottawa 4-3 Thursday, have won consecutive
games with Giguere in net for the first time since a four-game
stretch from Oct. 26-Nov. 1. He is 8-10 since then, with seven
losses in overtime.
"I try to battle as hard as I can when I play," Giguere said.
"You're not going to win them all and you're not going to lose
them all. But you can always do better. Right now I just want to
focus on what's ahead and not worry about what's happened in the
past. I always want to strive for perfection."
Florida was shut out for the sixth time this season and third in
eight games. It was the only meeting between the teams this season,
and the first in more than two years.
The Ducks had gone three consecutive games without a
first-period score before Kunitz extended his goal streak to three
games with his 10th of the season. He jammed the puck under the
sprawling Luongo after defenseman Ruslan Salei's one-timer glanced
off the stick of Florida's Gregory Campbell. Salei got his 100th
NHL point on the play.
"I was able to get back over there and made the first save, but
when he got the rebound, I kind of opened up and he snuck it right
underneath me," Luongo said. "It's a tough break, especially in a
game like that. Losses are all hard, whether it's 6-3 against
Phoenix or 1-0 tonight."
Kunitz was claimed off waivers from Atlanta on Oct. 18, two
weeks after the Thrashers claimed him from the Ducks.
"As things worked out, I was able to come back and I'm really
happy," Kunitz said. "I guess I showed the coaches something that
they liked. They've kept me around and I've been building it from
The Panthers played without left wing Gary Roberts, who sprained
his right knee in a collision with teammate Sean Hill during the
first minute of Thursday's loss at Phoenix and could be out a few
weeks. The injury put a crimp in the Panthers' power play, which
The Panthers also lost Campbell at 4:13 of the third period when
he was shaken up by a vicious check from defenseman Vitaly
Vishnevski. The rookie center carried the puck in the neutral zone
with his head down, saw Vishnevski at the last instant and lowered
his head in anticipation of the collision.
Campbell fell backward and hit his head on the ice. He was down
for several anxious moments before he was helped to the dressing
room in a woozy condition.
"When a guy's not moving like that, it's especially scary,"
teammate Mike Van Ryn said. "Thank God he seems to be all right.
He's a tough kid and he's a good friend of everybody in this
Florida's Serge Payer went after Vishnevski and received a
roughing penalty, but the Ducks came up empty on the power play and
finished 0-for-7 with the man advantage. They are 2-for-42 on the
power play against the Panthers since the start of the 1999-00
Six of the Ducks' next seven games are against California
rivals -- three each versus Los Angeles and San Jose. ... Anaheim RW
Teemu Selanne, who had an assist on Kunitz's goal, needs nine
points for 1,000 in the NHL. ... Hill, who scored the first goal in
Mighty Ducks history, hasn't had one in 14 career games against his
former team. ... Florida's Petr Taticek, the ninth pick in the 2002
NHL draft, made his debut. He was promoted from Houston of the AHL
on Friday because of Roberts' injury.
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Arena: Honda Center Location: Anaheim, California
Referees: Greg Kimmerly, Dennis LaRue Linesmen: Andy McElman, Pierre Racicot
Attendance: 17,011 (99.1% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Chris Kunitz (10)
Assists: Ruslan Salei, Teemu Selanne