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DUCKS 2, CALGARY 1

Ducks get a steal for a victory

Corey Perry's goal at the end of the second period is crucial.

February 08, 2009|Associated Press

CALGARY, CANADA — Corey Perry took full advantage of a rookie mistake.

Perry intercepted Calgary defenseman Adam Pardy's errant pass, broke in alone and snapped a shot that trickled past Curtis McElhinney with 28 seconds left in the second period in the Ducks' 2-1 victory Saturday.

"I had my stick on the one side and I just moved it at the last second when he went to make the pass," Perry said. "It's nice to see it go in. They're a tough team to play against at home. It was a good feeling coming in with the lead after two."

After Calgary's fourth straight setback, Pardy took responsibility for the blunder that helped the Ducks take a 2-0 lead.

"It's a mistake I can't make," Pardy said. "Last minute in the second and down 1-0, you've got to keep pucks out of the middle."

Bobby Ryan also scored for the Ducks and Jean-Sebastian Giguere made 26 saves for his first victory since a 4-3 win over New Jersey on Jan. 11.

"He played very well in the last game in Nashville [a 4-2 loss] and really couldn't be faulted," Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said. "Your goaltenders don't have to win you games, but they have to give you a chance and he's been known for giving our hockey club a chance for a long time. Hopefully this game and the Nashville game, he can use it as a springboard to getting back to where he needs to be."

Former King Michael Cammalleri scored the only goal for the Flames, his team-high 27th.

Ryan scored the lone goal of the first period when he fired a low shot from the slot through traffic past McElhinney, who was making his first start on home ice at the Saddledome. It was Ryan's 18th goal of the season to tie him for the rookie lead with Dallas forward James Neal.

Later in the period, Giguere made a great pad save to turn aside an in-close attempt off the stick of Calgary's Matthew Lombardi.

"I've been feeling good on the ice the last couple games," Giguere said. "I thought we played a pretty good road game."

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