CHICAGO (AP) -- Steve Rucchin credited Jean-Sebastian Giguere
with making the Anahein Mighty Ducks' win look easy.
Giguere made 34 saves and Rucchin scored two third-period goals
and an assist to lead the Mighty Ducks over the Chicago Blackhawks
5-2 Friday night.
"It wasn't really a 5-2 game," Rucchin said. "It was a lot
closer. They had a lot of good chances. Once again our goaltender,
as he has been since the All-Star break, was responsible for our
getting two points.
"We had a pretty good team effort, but it wasn't pretty,"
Rucchin added. "We found a way to win, or basically J.S. found a
way for us to win."
Sykora opened the scoring 1:14 into the first period. After
Chicago defenseman Jim Vandermeer lost the puck in the slot, Sykora
moved in alone on Leighton and fired in a low shot.
Fedorov's power-play goal with 6:29 left in the first gave
Anaheim a 2-0 lead. He banged in a shot from a scramble in front of
Quint cut it to 2-1 on a shot from the left point at 11:02 of
the second. And Daze tied it 2:23 later on a low slap shot from the
top of left circle. The drive struck Giguere's pads, but trickled
in between them.
Niedermayer put the Mighty Ducks back in front 3-2 with 3:33
left in the second.
After Leighton stopped three shots during an Anaheim flurry,
Niedermayer skated from behind the net, turned and ripped a shot
just under the crossbar.
Rucchin made it 4-2 with a power-play goal and 4:35 of the
third. He slipped away from coverage in front of the net and fired
in Sykora's feed from the corner.
Rucchin completed the scoring with 7:23 left in the third.
^Notes:@ Both Chicago coach Brian Sutter and C Tyler Arnason issued
statements on Friday about an altercation that reportedly occurred
between them on Sunday night in a Nashville country music bar.
Arnason said, "It was an exchange of views between Brian and I
that got a little heated. There's a mutual respect between us and
we'll just move on from here. Sutter added: "It was a discussion
that took place between a player and coach. I care about Arnie like
I care about all the players on our team. I believe Tyler Arnason
is an important part of what were are trying to do with our team
and the direction we are going." Aranason has just one goal and
five assists in his last 15 games. ... C Brett McLean and D
Alexander Karpovtsev returned to the Blackhawks lineup. McLean
missed three games with a concussion. Karpovtzev missed three with
a bruised shoulder. ... Chicago G Adam Munro is out indefinitely
with a concussion he sustained Wednesday against Tampa Bay. The
Blackhawks recalled Matt Underhill to replace him. ... Chicago has
had a team-record six goalies on its roster this season. ...
Sykora's goal was his first in nine games. ... Niedermayer's goal
was his first since Jan 24. During that span he missed 15 games
with a groin injury.
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Arena: United Center Location: Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Harry Dumas, Kelly Sutherland Linesmen: Vaughan Rody, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 11,536 (58.5% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Petr Sykora (19)
Sergei Fedorov (25)
(Power Play) Assists: Steve Rucchin, Niclas Havelid
Deron Quint (3)
(Power Play) Assists: Bryan Berard, Eric Daze
Eric Daze (1)
Assist: Deron Quint
Rob Niedermayer (7)
Assists: Andy McDonald, Samuel Pahlsson
Steve Rucchin (16)
(Power Play) Assists: Petr Sykora, Vinny Prospal
Steve Rucchin (17)
Assists: Vinny Prospal, Joffrey Lupul