Cool, but not so hot

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

Jean-Sebastien Giguere kept his cool.

Keeping the puck out of the net, however, was another thing altogether.

Playing in his first game against the Oilers since the infamous meltdown of Jan. 25, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks goaltender had a rough night.

He let in two of the first three shots he faced, and went on to concede five goals in regulation and one in a shootout en route to a 6-5 shootout loss.

"He made some big stops, but I'm sure he'd like to have the fifth one back," said Mighty Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.

"I thought both goaltenders weren't great. I don't think either coach is going to take that game and frame it by any means. They got the last goal and it wasn't picture perfect, but we got a point on the road and we're going to move on."

The Ducks outshot the Oilers 40-30 on the night, and held a 5-4 lead in the third period.

Fernando Pisani tied the game midway through the final frame, then scored the winner in the shootout.

"I thought we deserved a better fate, but we didn't get it," Carlyle said. "There is no use worrying about it, we can't change it. We played hard, I thought our work ethic was strong - there is not much more you can ask from a group."

Giguere, who was nowhere to be found following the game, sat out four games after his attacks on Ryan Smyth back on Jan. 25, which essentially cost the Ducks the contest in a 6-3 loss.

"We were going to play him the next night, but then I thought it might be better to let him have 24 hours to calm down," Carlyle said. "But (Ilya) Bryzgalov played so well that next night that we had to go back with him."

In total, Giguere had 10 days to stew over the incident, but came back with a great effort in a 2-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

Prior to the game, Giguere admitted he lost his cool and let Smyth get under his skin.

"It's not the first time Smyth has got under someone's skin," Giguere said. "And I'm sure it won't be the last time. I was a bit ashamed of myself the way I reacted. It was childish I guess."

Last night, Smyth was right back in Giguere's kitchen. The Oilers forward scored the game's first goal 1:46 into the contest, then added his second by re-directing a Chris Pronger point shot past Giguere.

"That was first and foremost," said Smyth of getting traffic in front of the net.

"We know he's pretty solid on first shots and he gobbles up the rebound pretty good, so that was in our game plan."

On both his goals and on many other instances during the night, Smyth parked himself in front of the Ducks goaltender without much harassment.

The Oilers scored three goals from the point with Smyth parked in front.

Considering the fireworks in their last contest, it would have been understandable to expect some dialogue between the two.

"He didn't say anything to me," said Smyth. "And I didn't say anything to him."


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