ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) — Chris Kunitz snapped a tie early
in the third period and tallied again later in the session as
the Anaheim Ducks recorded a 4-3 triumph over the New Jersey
Devils on Sunday.
Rookie Bobby Ryan and Samuel Pahlsson also scored, Corey Perry
notched two assists and Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 18
shots for Anaheim, which snapped a modest two-game losing
“You just have to roll with the punches and hope at the end of
the day you’ll end up winning the game,” Giguere said.
“Tonight, after every bounce they had, we answered back big
“He’s been going through some tough times and this will help get
his confidence back,” defenseman Chris Pronger said of Giguere.
“As a group, we haven’t been giving him much (help). He’s been
working very hard. It’s important that we feed on this game.”
Veteran Bobby Holik, David Clarkson and Zach Parise scored and
Scott Clemmensen finished with 30 saves for New Jersey, which
fell to 1-3-0 in its last four games.
Kunitz snapped a 2-2 tie just 96 seconds into the third period
after he circled the net and tucked the puck just inside the
left goalpost before Clemmensen could span the crease.
“It seems that he had the puck wrapped around the post. I didn’t
see it go in,” Kunitz said.
Clemmensen was stunned that the officials declared it a goal so
“He (ref) didn’t even want to review it. He said it was a goal
right away,” Clemmensen said. “I didn’t think it was that
obvious, but apparently he knew that it was, and I don’t know.
I’m glad they reviewed it, but I guess they saw that it
conclusively went in. I’m not sure, I know it was underneath
“I’m not sure how they did it, but I guess it was a goal. Some
of my pads and my legs ended up behind the goal line, but I knew
I had the puck underneath me. I don’t know what the exact
ruling is, but you have to actually see the puck cross the goal
line. Maybe they did, but I knew it was somewhere underneath
me, and I didn’t think that it was going to be called a goal,
but as soon as I asked the ref right away, he said that without
a doubt that it was a goal. But I’m glad they reviewed it.”
Giguere preserved the slim lead by denying captain Jamie
Langenbrunner on a breakaway with 12 1/2 minutes remaining in
“I came out of the net and played the puck,” Giguere said. “I
tried to be real patient, and I stopped him.”
“I just ran out of room there,” Langenbrunner said. “He came
from such a tight angle, and not much speed after that. He
(Giguere) had a good push off. I didn’t get much on it and kind
of bumped into his glove a little bit.”
The netminder also received a little help after Brian Gionta’s
wrist shot hit the right goalpost nearly three minutes later.
Kunitz added his second of the night and 11th of the season with
3:33 remaining after wristing a shot past Clemmensen and under
the crossbar for his second multi-goal game of the season and
ninth of career.
“It was nice to see Kunitz come through,” Ducks coach Randy
Carlyle said. “I thought it was his best game in a long time.
He was skating and banging and the puck seemed to follow him
around that way.”
Parise halved the deficit with 30 seconds remaining, but the
Devils were unable to net the equalizer.
The Devils opened the scoring with 7:07 remaining in the first
period after defenseman Mike Mottau’s shot caromed off both Jay
Pandolfo and Holik and into the net. The 38-year-old Holik was
credited with his second tally of the campaign.
“I don’t even know how that first goal went in; I have no idea,”
Holik said. “It doesn’t mean much, especially on a day when you
“Numbers are for people who have them, for me it’s just another
game that we lost and we need those two points on the road.
With our performance tonight, maybe we would’ve beaten the L.A.
Kings like we did last night, but it’s just not good enough
against the Ducks.”
Ryan leveled the contest nearly 2 1/2 minutes later after
accepting a cross-slot feed from Brendan Morrison and sending it
past Clemmensen for his sixth goal in his last five games.
Pahlsson gave the Ducks a 2-1 advantage with nine seconds left
in the first period, but Clarkson leveled the contest after
poking home a loose puck on the doorstep for a power-play goal
with 3:04 remaining in the second session.