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Perry and Kunitz score as Ducks drill Rangers in dominating 4-1 win

NEW YORK - Jean-Sebastien Giguere is enjoying the Anaheim Ducks' newfound offence, and not only because it makes his job much easier.

Giguere stopped 32 shots in his third straight solid effort and was the beneficiary of the Anaheim Ducks' most potent production in eight games in beating the New York Rangers 4-1 on Thursday night. Before a 3-0 win against the New York Islanders on Tuesday night, the Ducks had scored only five goals during a six-game losing streak (0-5-1).

Giguere posted consecutive shutouts in the two games prior to Thursday's visit to Madison Square Garden, but only had one win to show for it since the Ducks dropped a 1-0 shootout loss in St. Louis.

Seven goals in two games is a windfall for the team that came in averaging only 2.37 per night - second-fewest in the NHL.

"It's much easier to win when you get that many goals," Giguere said. "It's never fun not to score. I'm sure the guys are having a lot more fun now."

Corey Perry and Chris Kunitz scored 1:27 apart to break open a tight game in the second period.

Mathieu Schneider staked the Ducks to a lead in the first before Ryan Callahan tied it for the Rangers, who dropped their second straight home game to a team from Southern California.

Los Angeles topped New York 4-2 on Tuesday, and the Rangers are winless in nine games against the Western Conference this season (0-7-2). They got 33 shots but couldn't make them count.

"They're a smart team," said Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr, who has no points in five games. "When they don't have anything, they stay back. They play like a champion. They have the talent and they believe."

Todd Bertuzzi made it 4-1 with 7:47 left, 15 seconds after a Rangers power play created lots of pressure but didn't click. Anaheim is 2-3-1 on its club-record, nine-game trip that continues Friday in New Jersey.

The Ducks moved into a second-place tie with San Jose in the Pacific Division. Once Anaheim returns home, it will have only seven away games remaining in its final 21.

"We still have a lot of road trip left," forward Ryan Getzlaf said. "We need to get as many points as we can."

The Ducks, who hadn't played at Madison Square Garden since Oct. 28, 2003, improved to 12-3-4 against the Rangers - 6-2-2 in New York.

The Rangers hoped to build on a three-game road winning streak, but went pointless on the two-game homestand.

"We have a hard time beating the West Coast teams," goalie Henrik Lundqvist said.

The pace picked up early in the middle period with a pair of fights 16 seconds apart. That revved up the fans, but didn't immediately lift the offences.

Callahan changed that five minutes later with his first goal in 26 games, dating to opening night.

The second-year forward, who spent half this season on the injured list or in the minors, fired a shot from the right circle that smacked loudly off the left post and in at 7:42 - all while teammate Blair Betts sat in the crease.

"It's a little weight off my shoulders," Callahan said. "It's good for me, but it's bittersweet. A win is more important right now."

The Rangers are seventh in the Eastern Conference but only three points ahead of ninth-place Buffalo.

Anaheim didn't muster many shots, but made them count. Perry put the Ducks back in front at 12:05, and Kunitz stretched the lead to 3-1 with a power-play goal at 13:32.

Lundqvist surely would want back Perry's 28th, a shot from the right circle that squeezed under his left arm and trickled over the line. Kunitz took advantage of Fedor Tyutin's hooking penalty - Anaheim's first power play - 13 seconds after the defenceman went to the box.

Kunitz got to a rebound of Chris Pronger's shot and bounced the puck off the right post and into Lundqvist, who knocked it in.

Anaheim had at least three goals for the second straight game after scoring only five in the previous six contests. The Ducks scored three times on 14 shots through two periods.

"Things were happening for us that hadn't happened a lot over the last eight games," defenceman Scott Niedermayer said. "We were generating some chances, and when you do they find their way into the net."

Anaheim, which visited the White House on Wednesday in honour of last season's championship, was outshot 12-7 in the first, 11-7 in the second and 10-5 in the third.

Despite most of the early action taking place in the Anaheim end, the Ducks took a 1-0 lead on their fourth shot when Schneider found the net through traffic at 10:36.

Notes: Anaheim LW Travis Moen (flu) sat out his second straight game. Checking centre Samuel Pahlsson (abdominal) missed his 20th. ... Rangers RW Brendan Shanahan was out for the third consecutive game. ... Anaheim has an NHL-high 48 fights. ... Teemu Selanne had an assist in his second straight game since rejoining the Ducks.


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