SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- The Anaheim Ducks have won so often, now
they're even criticizing their victories.
Chris Pronger's second goal of the game snapped a third-period
tie and helped the Ducks improve the best start in franchise
history with a 5-4 victory over Florida on Tuesday night.
"That's the way it has been here all year," Pronger said.
"It's not always pretty, but we're finding ways to win."
The Ducks, who broke the team record with their sixth
consecutive road victory, improved to 24-3-6. Their 54 points are
the most by any team through 33 games since the 1979 Philadelphia
Flyers had that many.
"They played well, very aggressive," Ducks defenseman Scott
Niedermayer said of the Panthers. "They made it tough for us. We
probably were lucky getting the win."
"We knew we were playing a good team," Bouwmeester said.
"They found a way to get it done, and good teams often do that.
They work hard and worked for what they got."
Giguere made his best saves in the final minutes after Pronger
gave Anaheim the lead for good.
"Yeah, he made some stops," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said,
"but that's what goalies are supposed to do."
Pronger scored the deciding goal after Anaheim won a faceoff in
the Florida zone. Pronger's shot went through a crowd and beat Auld
low to the stick side with nine minutes left.
"I was just shooting blocker side," Pronger said.
Pronger's first goal, at 3:34 of the third period, gave the
Ducks a 4-2 lead. He scored on the power play when he beat Auld
with a one-timer from the point.
"The [shots] found a way to get through," Carlyle said. "Some
big-time shots from a guy who can shoot the puck really hard."
Bouwmeester cut the deficit to 4-3 at 4:56 with a slap shot from
just inside the blue line that got past Giguere's glove.
Salei, in his first game against the Ducks following nine
seasons with them, then took a pass from Olli Jokinen and beat
Giguere from the slot.
Anaheim outshot Florida 14-6 in the first period and ended up
with a 36-31 advantage.
"We had a good start, a good first period," Carlyle said. "In
the end we were hanging on, it's as simple as that."
Florida RW Juraj Kolnik missed his 11th consecutive game
because of a pulled groin. ... Florida LW David Booth, recalled
from Rochester of the AHL on Monday, recorded his first NHL point
when he assisted on Larman's goal. ... Anaheim RW Teemu Selanne,
who came in tied for third in NHL in scoring, was held without a
point for only the third time in his last 16 games. ... Florida has
lost its last seven against Pacific Division opponents, including a
1-0 defeat at Anaheim last season. ... This was the Ducks' first
game at Florida since Dec. 27, 2003. ... Florida remained winless
when trailing after two periods (0-14-1). ... Anaheim is 18-0-2
when leading after two.