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Power play propels Ducks past Sabres

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Chris Kunitz and Corey Perry

netted a power-play goal apiece in the third period to lift the

Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on

Monday.

Defenseman Chris Pronger also tallied and Jonas Hiller made 21

saves for the Ducks, who have won three of their last four

games.

"We had some structure, things we wanted to implement as part of

the game plan and we were able to execute those and the power

play turned up big enough to win," Pronger said. "We got two

goals that gave us a cushion."

Teemu Selanne and blue-liner Steve Montador had two assists

apiece for Anaheim, which did not allow the Sabres to record a

shot for nearly the first 12 minutes of the final session.

Patrick Kaleta and defenseman Craig Rivet scored and Patrick

Lalime turned aside 33 shots for Buffalo, which concluded its

season-long, six-game road trip with a 3-3-0 record.

With the score knotted at 1-1, Kunitz collected his 14th goal of

the season at 3:34 of the third.

"We have a group of guys out there that feel confident," Kunitz

said. "Any time you wear them down the first time, you just

have to put the puck on the net. Any time you can capitalize on

it, it makes everybody feel better, feel more positive."

After Pronger fired the puck into the zone, the Sabres failed to

maintain possession behind the goal line. Selanne forced a

turnover to Andrew Ebbett behind the net and he delivered a

centering pass to Kunitz, who converted with a one-timer between

the pads of Lalime.

"I was just trying to put it up on the net," Kunitz said. "I

didn't get as much of it as I wanted and it trickled back on

him. As long as you hit the net, you have a chance of putting

it in. I was just trying to redirect it on net."

Just over five minutes later, Perry doubled the advantage with

his 17th tally of the campaign. Montador fired a slap shot from

the high slot that Lalime stopped, but Perry stuffed in the

rebound at 9:44 to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead.

"It was a good shot by (Montador). It just squeaked through the

goalie and it was sitting there on the line," Perry said.

"Those are the kind of goals we need to have coming down the

stretch. They call them garbage goals, but somebody has to be

there."

Rivet cut the deficit in half with 6:33 remaining, burying a

rebound off Paul Gaustad's attempt. But Buffalo could not tie

the game, failing to score during a power play over the last

1:41.

"We played well in the first. We got into a little bit of

trouble in the second period. But I didn't mind our third

period," Ruff said. "I thought our workers did a good job. I

didn't like our skill guys tonight, they didn't get enough done

for us.

"Our workers were good tonight. Those guys weren't getting the

job done. There wasn't much coming from up top. The guys down

below were getting most of the work done."

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