|SJS||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|ANA||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
GAME: San Jose Sharks (10-9-10-3) at Anaheim Mighty Ducks (11-12-4-5).TIME: Sunday, 8 p.m. EST.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere has been looking all season for a game to help him regain his confidence.
A 38-save shutout over one of the league's top teams should take care of that.
Giguere looks to put together back-to-back strong performances when the Anaheim Mighty Ducks host the San Jose Sharks in the opener of a home-and-home series.
Mired in a personal seven-game winless streak and struggling to display the form that made him the playoff MVP last season, Giguere had his best game of the season Friday in a 1-0 victory over visiting Colorado.
Giguere stopped 38 shots -- 32 over the final 40 minutes -- and Sergei Fedorov scored on the power play in the first period, helping Anaheim move above .500.
Giguere earned his first win since Nov. 16, ending a personal 0-5-2 skid. The shutout was his first of the season and was just his fifth win in 20 decisions.
"I felt the best I've felt this year and I was seeing the puck very well," Giguere said. "The puck was sticking to me real nice and I was real patient."
Although backup Martin Gerber has played well this season, Giguere's teammates know they need their top goalie to play well if they are to duplicate the success that led them to the Stanley Cup finals in 2002-03.
"Jiggy was outstanding for us tonight," Anaheim's Steve Rucchin said. "You've heard a million times that this game is about confidence. Obviously, it's a huge step for him, but that's what we've come to expect from him -- and I'm sure he expects it from himself.
"Hopefully, he can use this as a turning point to his season. And a turning point in his season will be a turning point in ours."
A return to form by Giguere is also important to the Mighty Ducks because they are not scoring many goals. They have managed just 68 goals in 32 games this season and only 15 in the past eight contests.
This will be the final stop on a three-game trip for the Sharks, 2-3-2-1 overall following a five-game win streak.
San Jose opened the trip Wednesday with a 3-2 overtime loss against Detroit after it failed to hold a one-goal lead in the final minute. The Sharks allowed a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal in a 4-2 loss to St. Louis the next night.
"Our defense struggled in the first period in terms of moving the puck," San Jose coach Ron Wilson said. "All you've got to do is play ugly hockey, jump if off the glass, flip it out, do those sorts of things and we just didn't get that done."
|Mar 19 '04||SJS 4 at ANA 2||A. Korolyuk|
|Dec 22 '03||ANA 1 at SJS 2||J. Cheechoo|
|Dec 21 '03||SJS 2 at ANA 1||V. Damphousse|
|Dec 13 '03||ANA 0 at SJS 2||A. Korolyuk|
|Dec 10 '03||SJS 2 at ANA 3||R. Salei|
|Oct 21 '03||ANA 2 at SJS 0||S. Ozolinsh|
|AnaheimDucks.com is the official Web site of the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim Ducks and AnaheimDucks.com are trademarks of Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.|