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Associated Press
10/19/2006 12:57:25 AM

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 21 shots and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Giguere made saves on the first 20 shots he faced, then his shutout bid ended when rookie Tomas Kopecky beat him at close range with 5:36 left in the game. The goal was Kopecky's first in the NHL.

Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer and the rest of the Anaheim defenders kept the pressure off Giguere most of the game.

Corey Perry had a goal and two assists, and Ryan Getzlaf, Shane O'Brien and Chris Kunitz each had a goal and an assist.

The Ducks' three goals in the second period all came on power plays. Perry's score, good for a 4-0 pad in the third period, was at even strength.

Getzlaf beat goalie Dominik Hasek on a 20-foot slap shot 8:46 of the second period, his second goal of the season. O'Brien quickly made it 2-0 with his first NHL goal, on a 50-foot wrist shot at 10:36.

Kunitz added his fourth goal of the season at 18:13 of the period, beating Hasek at close range.

The Ducks' victory came after they had lost two in a row on shootouts, to Dallas and the New York Islanders.

Anaheim got off 30 shots at Hasek.

Retzlaf put the Ducks ahead when he sliced in across the left circle past defenceman Chris Chelios and sailed the puck past Hasek on the stick side.

The 23-year-old O'Brien, taken by Anaheim as the 250th player in the 2003 draft, scored his initial NHL goal with his hard shot from near the right boards. Hasek apparently didn't even see the puck, since the Ducks' Dustin Penner was parked in front of the goal.

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Anaheim and San Jose could be the 2 top teams in the West, unless Calgary finally gets going, and Nashville has something to say about it.

Kunitz was playing well last year, but I didn't know that he'd carry it over into this season.

Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer and the rest of the Anaheim defenders kept the pressure off Giguere most of the game.
That says a lot. They have a very solid defence now. Pronger and Niedermayer are both one of the best in the game.
 
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