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Giguere gets first win of season

10/23/2003

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere had to work
overtime to get his first victory of the season -- despite Sergei
Fedorov's first goal with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Rob Niedermayer scored 1:10 into overtime after Philadelphia
tied it with a second left in regulation, and the Ducks beat the
Flyers 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Petr Sykora and Vaclav Prospal also scored for Anaheim. Steve
Rucchin and defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh had two assists each for the
defending Western Conference champions, who have won two straight
after losing their first five games. Giguere, the MVP of the
postseason, made 33 saves in his fifth start.

The Ducks, 7-0 in overtime during a postseason run that left
them a victory shy of a Stanley Cup title, ended it when
Niedermayer converted Rucchin's pass from behind the net.

"I knew he was there," Rucchin said. "I didn't think it was
going to have a chance to go in, but Rob's a big, strong guy and he
made a great play."

Tony Amonte forced overtime by scoring with 0.6 seconds left in
the third period. His shot deflected in off the skate of Anaheim
defenseman Kurt Sauer.

"It's disappointing when you battle back and you work hard to
tie it and then lose," Mark Recchi said. "You have to hand it to
them. They worked hard and Rob scored a great goal."

Eric Chouinard and Jeremy Roenick also scored for the Flyers.
But Roenick took a slashing penalty that led to Sykora's goal,
which gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead 11 minutes into the second period.

Roenick was sent off 45 seconds after a hooking penalty against
teammate Todd Fedoruk, and the Ducks cashed in with 25 seconds left
on Fedoruk's penalty as Sykora beat goaltender Robert Esche from
the right of the crease.

"It's been a long week and a long trip and we played some
hungry teams," Roenick said. "It was a hard battle tonight and we
deserved a better fate. It was very deflating and a huge letdown."

The Flyers, shut out by ex-teammate Roman Cechmanek on Tuesday
at Los Angeles, spotted Anaheim a 2-0 lead.

Chouinard scored his first of the season at 9:54 of the first
period during a goal-mouth scramble after Giguere lost his stick.
Roenick tied it less than 4{ minutes later, redirecting a long
wrist shot by Amonte.

Fedorov ended a season-opening six-game goal drought at 2:41.

"I was yelling like crazy for it and he found me there. It was
a beautiful play," Fedorov said. "I was pretty happy. I actually
never thought it would be that exciting."

Game notes
Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke finds it weird to see
Fedorov in a Ducks uniform after 13 seasons with Detroit. "I would
never be able to understand Fedorov leaving Detroit for Anaheim,"
Clarke said. "I'm just talking about the pressure that comes from
playing in Detroit, Philadelphia, Montreal or Toronto. That is a
good atmosphere to be a hockey player in, and the type of
atmosphere you want to be in." ... Many in the crowd of 12,737
cheered when it was posted on the video board that former Anaheim
captain Paul Kariya, who joined Colorado as a free agent, will be
out indefinitely because of a sprained wrist. ... Keith Primeau, on
the eve of his second anniversary as Flyers team captain, was
assessed 11 minutes in penalties during the first period --
including two roughing infractions, one for unsportsmanlike
conduct, and a fighting major.