Giguere, Ducks deny Sabres

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) — All-Star Jean-Sebastien Giguere
finished with 34 saves Tuesday to help the Anaheim Ducks defeat
the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, for the second time this month.

Teemu Selanne scored early and a pair of Ducks broke lengthy
scoring droughts as Anaheim improved to 2-1-0 on its current
six-game road trip, its longest of the season.

“Your goaltender has got to give you a chance night in and night
out,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “Tonight, Giguere gave us
a chance to win the hockey game.”

Ales Kotalik had a goal and an assist and Paul Gaustad also
scored for the Sabres, who dropped a 3-2 decision to Anaheim at
home on February 2.

Selanne put the Ducks ahead just 70 seconds into the first
period as he skated in on goaltender Patrick Lalime, beating him
with a backhander for his 19th goal of the season.

Gaustad tipped in a shot by Kotalik to tie the game 10 minutes
later as the teams entered the locker rooms tied at 1-1 after
the first period.

“We gave up a goal as the power play ended, then we were able to
get through the first period and got our game back,” Carlyle
said. “We played a lot stronger the last half of the game, we
found a way to get a couple goals and make them stand.”

Giguere made 15 saves in the second period and Todd Marchant
scored and Mike Brown tallied for the first time in 43 games as
the Sabres took control.

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“We have to make sure we take advantage of our chances and put
the puck in the net,” Sabres defenseman Toni Lydman said. “All
their three goals were after our mistakes. We have to clean
that up and just keep working harder.”

Marchant scored shorthanded midway through the period and Brown
added his second career goal with 66 ticks remaining in the
middle session.

“I grew up watching this team,” said Marchant, a Buffalo native.

“Every time I come here, it’s a little extra special to play.
It’s nice to put the puck in the net. More importantly, it’s
nice to get the win.”

Buffalo cut the deficit in half on a power-play goal by Kotalik
with just over a minute left in regulation, but Giguere did not
allow the equalizer as the Ducks won in their first trip to
Buffalo since December 8, 2005.

“I felt pretty good tonight,” Giguere said. “I owe a few to my
team, so hopefully I can keep building, getting some confidence,
and get some games together.”

Lalime, who was also in net in Buffalo’s last loss to Anaheim,
stopped 18 shots and is still in search of his first win since
December 13.

“I think I was better as the game went on,” Lalime said. “I
didn’t have a lot of shots for awhile. I thought we played a
pretty solid game out there. We didn’t give them much, but they
got lucky on a couple of ones.”