January 19, 2011
Leafs' Giguere gets shot at Ducks
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency
NEW YORK - Jean-Sebastien Giguere will be back in goal Thursday in Toronto, looking to give his former team some grief.
Giguere spent a decade in Southern California, raised a family, won the 2007 Stanley Cup and more than 200 games in all, including playoff victories. But his contract was too steep to carry with young Jonas Hiller coming up quickly and Giguere was brought to the Leafs by former boss Brian Burke almost a year ago.
While saying he wants to “stick it” to the Ducks, it was meant in a jocular way and he retains many friends on the team. In his only other game against Anaheim, as a Calgary Flame, he allowed just one goal. Also of note, he was 3-3 against Toronto before the trade and has the last shutout by a Ducks goalie versus the Leafs in Anaheim, 5-0 in January 2008.
HILLER A KILLER
Speaking of Hiller, he is in the top five of league wins, save percentage and shutouts, coming off a 2-1 shootout victory against Ottawa on Tuesday.
Coach Randy Carlyle told the Orange County Register that Hiller was “the best player on the ice,” in the game.
“I know you guys don’t see it much on the East Coast but we’re quite used to those kinds of performances,” added forward Bobby Ryan. “That’s why he’s an all-star and that’s why he’s our No. 1 goalie. It’s a pretty special player there.”
Hiller and Corey Perry will represent the Ducks at the all-star game in Raleigh, N.C. next week.
MARLIES END MARCH
The stretch of nine straight road games for the Toronto Marlies since New Year’s Eve finally wrapped up Wednesday night with the second of back-to-backs against the Manitoba Moose. The trip went from Grand Rapids, Mich., through Chicago and the U.S. midwest, to a pair of games in Abbotsford, B.C. and home through Winnipeg.
“These players are amazing me with their resiliency,” coach Dallas Eakins told the Toronto Sun before Wednesday’s game. “They have found a way to go .500 so far on this 21-day trip even with all the injuries. We have a great group of character guys and I am proud to be their coach.”
The fastest skater competition will be part of the all-star game skills contest once more. Phil Kessel, the Leafs’ lone rep, should be a shoo-in to be in that event ... The Rangers are using ex-Leaf Kris Newbury as an energy winger, the third Original Six team he has been part of after trying out with Detroit ... The Anaheim game will be the last of a three-game NHL suspension that left winger Mike Brown must serve...With Saturday’s game against Washington, the Leafs will have played all three of coach Ron Wilson’s former teams (Sharks, Ducks and Caps) in an 11-day span.