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Giguere gets back to winning ways

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

It's been a little less than a month between victories for Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

With all the Anaheim Ducks goaltender has gone through since the death of his father in December, it felt longer.

"I was due. It's been a tough couple months," said a smiling Giguere after the Ducks handed the Calgary Flames a 2-1 loss at the Saddledome.

"I just wanted to get a game where I could feel good after."

He can feel good about yesterday's outing.

Allowing a single goal by Michael Cammalleri in the third period, and stopping a flurry of the 26 shots he faced over the final seven minutes as the Flames got desperate to avoid a fourth straight loss in regulation, Giguere was a big factor in the win -- just like the old days.

"Our goaltender gave us a chance again. A second strong game for him, and it's good to see," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.

"He played very well in the last game in Nashville. He really couldn't be faulted (for the 4-2 loss).

"He's been known for giving our hockey club a chance for a long time.

"It's good to see there's a reward, and hopefully this game and the Nashville game, he can use as a springboard to get back where he needs to be."

Since the all-star break, the Ducks have relied even more on their backup -- or 1B goalie, as Carlyle likes to refer to him -- Jonas Hiller.

Giguere hasn't been jealous, he's been grateful.

Dealing with his dad's death hasn't been easy, and Giguere mentioned how happy he has been Hiller has filled in and performed well while he tries to get his head right.

Losing three straight starts before the all-star break after winning his first contest since mid-December on Jan. 11 against the New Jersey Devils, Giguere stepped out of his normal routine.

"Lately, I kind of came back to basics -- did a little bit more in the gym, tried to get my conditioning up a little bit and focus on something else than just stopping pucks in the net," said Giguere, who hasn't felt pressured by Ducks fans to get it together.

"I know people in Anaheim, the fans in Anaheim are very understanding of what went on," he said.

So are his teammates. They might be as pleased as Giguere things seem to be turning around for their all-star netminder.

"What he has been going through lately, it's been very tough. The way he's been handling it's unbelievable," said winger Teemu Selanne. "We're really happy for him.

"We need him. We know what he has done in the past and how good he is. He's a huge part of this team."


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