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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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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 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60


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