Related News

Home » Sports » Ice Hockey

Ducks slip past the Devils

CHRIS Kunitz scored twice in the third period to help the Anaheim Ducks beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Sunday night in Anaheim, California.

With the game tied 2-2 early in the third, Kunitz wrapped around the New Jersey goal and tucked the puck under goalie Scott Clemmensen's pads.

While Kunitz had to initially wait for game officials to rule the puck had crossed the line for a go-ahead goal, he and everyone in the building immediately knew the puck was in the net when his wrist shot from the slot whisked past Clemmensen with 3:33 to play for the eventual winner.

"I've been up and down this year so far, it feels good to help contribute and get a win," Kunitz said after his first multiple goal game since December 10.

Kunitz has 11 goals on the season, and the Ducks needed the two he scored on Sunday to snap a two-game losing streak after Zach Parise drew the Devils within one with his 24th goal.

"It was a tough game. They don't give you that many opportunities," said Parise, who also scored in a 5-1 win on Saturday at Los Angeles as the Devils opened a six-game trip. "It was tough for us to establish the forecheck."

In other games, it was: Blackhawks 3, Predators 1; and Oilers 2, Blues 1.

Corey Perry assisted on both of Kunitz's goals, making a quick contribution in his return after a four-game suspension for elbowing Philadelphia's Claude Giroux in the head on January 2. The Ducks were 2-2 in Perry's absence and had won just three of their last 10 games before Sunday's game.

"He's a great offensive player that can move the puck and draws people to him," Kunitz said. "Any time you have a key offensive guy out of the lineup and you get him back, it gives the team a boost."

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 18 saves for his first win since December 14. Giguere was benched on Thursday night in Los Angeles after allowing three goals in the first 21 minutes. He had not won a game (0-2-2) since making 28 saves in a 4-2 victory over Minnesota last month.

"It was a good effort all around," Giguere said. "It's been a while since I got a win and it feels good. I won't lie to you."


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend