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Mighty Ducks Drop Pre-Season Home Opener to San Jose

Wednesday, 09.21.2005 / 9:00 PM PT / News
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Mighty Ducks Drop Pre-Season Home Opener to San Jose
Anaheim hosted San Jose for their first home pre-season game on Wednesday night, as Vesa Toskala squared off against Jean-Sebastian Giguere in the nets.

Both clubs had several first period chances, but the highlight saves in the first 20 minutes went to Giguere who stopped both Patrick Marleau and Niko Dimitrakos in all alone.

At the end of one, the Pacific Division rivals were scoreless.

San Jose had nearly two minutes of four-on-three time midway through the second only to have Giguere make a brilliant save on Marco Sturm at the doorstep.

Anaheim would finally break the ice and take the 1-0 late in the second.  A save by Vesa Toskala bounced out to an uncovered Todd Fedoruk.  Toskala had not reached the other side of the crease and Scott Hannan slid in front to cover the lower half of the goal, but Fedoruk lifted it upstairs for the go-ahead tally.

The Ducks took the 1-0 lead to the lockerroom.

With 12 minutes left in regulation, Corey Perry broke on Toskala looking to increase the lead.  The Finnish netminder made a spectacular stop, only to see the rebound go directly to a Ducks player.  Toskala laid out in the crease and took away the second shot.  By the time Toskala gained his footing again, Perry again had the puck.  As the Anaheim prospect circled behind the net for a wrap-around, Toskala quickly covered his post and kept San Jose within one.

With five minutes remaining, the shots were even at 27, but Anaheim maintained the one-goal advantage.

San Jose would not quit and on their 29th shot, they finally solved Giguere.  At the three minute marker, Dimitrakos skated the puck around the faceoff circle toward the slot.  He then calmly ripped a wrist shot above Giguere's glove hand to tie the contest.

The late goal sent the game to overtime where a two-on-one rush by Patrick Marleau and Hannan nearly won the contest, but Hannan has to force a back-handed shot that just went wide.  A fortunate bounce off Giguere found a pinching Tom Preissing with less than a minute left, but again the Anaheim netminder was there for the save and the shootout would settle the contest.

In the shootout, Marleau and Dimitrakos were stopped on their shots, while Marco Sturm put home his shot.  Since Perry and Selanne had missed for Anaheim, Toskala faced Sergei Fedorov in the game-ending moment.  Toskala forced Fedorov to shoot wide and the Ducks lost 2-1.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 49 5 35 9 40
C. Perry 53 21 17 -4 38
R. Rakell 50 13 15 -3 28
R. Kesler 53 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 53 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 47 8 10 2 18
J. Silfverberg 53 6 12 -2 18
A. Cogliano 53 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 52 6 8 -6 14
C. Fowler 40 3 9 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 6 .920 2.30
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13


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