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Giguere's 24 saves help Ducks rebound from first regulation loss

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Ducks quickly resumed their early
season point spree.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 24 saves and Anaheim bounced back
from its first regulation loss of the season to hold off the
Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Sunday night.

The Ducks' season-opening run of 16 games without a loss in
regulation ended in a 3-0 loss to the Flames in Calgary on Friday
night. By earning at least a point in the first 16 games, the Ducks
set an NHL record.

"Good teams find ways to bounce back," Giguere said.
"Obviously you can't win them all and you can't be successful all
the time. But when you're not, it's important to come back the next
game and play hard.

"It was important to start this homestand on the right foot and
we responded very well."

The Ducks (13-1-4) lead the league with 30 points and top the
Western Conference with 62 goals.

"We couldn't change what happened in Calgary, but we sure could
make an impact on what happened tonight," Anaheim coach Randy
Carlyle said. "It was a positive that our work ethic was where we
needed to be and our power play got us a goal late.

"We did a lot of things well."

Dustin Penner and Corey Perry scored for Anaheim in the second
period, and Scott Niedermayer added a power-play goal in the third.

Niedermayer's goal proved the difference, as Minnesota's
Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored his second goal of the game to close
the gap to 3-2 with 53 seconds remaining.

Bouchard made it close with his third goal of the season after a
defensive lapse by the Ducks allowed him to beat Giguere at close
range.

While Giguere faced 26 shots, the Ducks got off 38 at Niklas
Backstrom, making his first NHL start after signing with Minnesota
as a free agent over the summer.

"They're one of the top teams in the league," Minnesota coach
Jacques Lemaire said. "Overall, it wasn't that bad."

The game was the third between the teams since Oct. 20 in
Anaheim, when the Ducks won 2-1 behind Giguere's 27 saves. The Wild
took a 3-2 shootout victory in Minnesota the following week.

"I think we've played that team very tough this year. I think
we're right there with them, every game we've played against
them," said Minnesota's Brian Rolston, who was serving a penalty
for slashing when Niedermayer scored.

"If my stick doesn't break there, I probably don't get a
slashing penalty. It drew attention. But I take responsibility for
it."

After Anaheim took a 2-0 lead in the second period, Bouchard cut
the deficit when he lofted a backhander past Giguere at 7:55 of the
period.

Niedermayer gave Anaheim a two-goal pad with his fifth goal, at
5:11 of the third. With Backstrom sprawled to the left of the goal
after blocking a shot, Niedermayer slammed a shot from the right
circle into the open net.

Ryan Getzlaf picked up his second assist of the game, and Teemu
Selanne also got an assist, his team-high 16th, on Niedermayer's
goal.

Following a scoreless first period, Perry gave the Ducks a 2-0
lead at 5:41 of the second. Backstrom blocked Shane O'Brien's slap
shot, but the puck trickled behind the goalie in the crease and
Perry poked it into the net for his fifth goal.

Penner opened the scoring with his sixth goal, at 1:07 of the
second period. Penner brought the puck from behind the goal line
and beat Backstrom with a 15-footer from the right side on a
difficult angle.

Game notes
Anaheim LW Chris Kunitz, who injured his left hand Friday
night at Calgary, did not play against Minnesota and is scheduled
to have an MRI on Monday. He has eight goals and five assists this
season. ... The previous record streak to start the season without
a loss was by the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers (12-0-3). ... The Wild
were coming off a 3-2 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings on
Saturday night.