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Ducks falter again to cap winless trip : PITTSBURGH 5 DUCKS 2

November 17, 2009|Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — Bill Guerin still has some goals left in him at age 39. What's surprising is he has a few left jabs and right hooks, too.

Guerin on Monday ended Pittsburgh's eight-game streak without a power-play goal by scoring in the first period, Jordan Staal scored short-handed and the Penguins posted a 5-2 win over the Ducks, who finished a four-game trip without a victory.

Guerin, playing in his 1,206th NHL game, missed by an assist of having the so-called Gordie Howe hat trick -- a goal, an assist and a fight.

He fought in the third period with Ryan Getzlaf, who is 15 years younger, trading several punches before Guerin put the Ducks' alternate captain on his back to earn one of the loudest ovations of the night from the sellout crowd of 17,052.

The Ducks looked weary and off their game early on, failing to get a shot until Pittsburgh led, 2-0, and taking the game's first three penalties.

The Ducks were coming off a 7-4 loss in Detroit on Saturday in which they gave up five goals in the third period, and things didn't work out much better against the Penguins.

Coach Randy Carlyle wasn't happy, holding a team meeting shortly after the Ducks (6-10-3) left the ice.

"I've been on teams like this before and it's never easy," Todd Marchant said. "It almost seems like there's never light at the end of the tunnel, but there is. There is time, time to turn this around. We have the personnel, we have the talent, we have the work ethic, we have the character in this room to do it."

The Ducks have dropped 10 of their last 13 games.

Marchant scored a short-handed goal midway through the first period and Teemu Selanne scored his 10th goal late in the third period for the Ducks.

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