Ducks 4, Flames 3


CALGARY, Alberta – Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 22 saves in his return to Anaheim’s lineup, helping the Mighty Ducks pull even with the Calgary Flames with a 4-3 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference series.

Giguere, the Conn Smythe winner as the playoff MVP in 2003 when Anaheim reached the Stanley Cup final, sat out the Mighty Ducks’ series-opening overtime loss Friday night because of a lower-body injury.

Chris Kunitz, Scott Niedermayer, Joffrey Lupul and Samuel Pahlsson scored for Anaheim, while Jarome Iginla, Kristian Huselius and Dion Phaneuf countered for Calgary. Miikka Kiprusoff made 16 saves for the Flames.

Game 3 is Tuesday night in Anaheim. In Game 1, Darren McCarty scored 9:45 into overtime to give the Flames a 2-1 victory.

Anaheim took a 3-0 lead on Lupul’s goal at 5:10 of the second period, but Calgary rallied on Iginla’s short-handed goal at 9:09 and Huselius’ power-play score with 8:07 left in the period. Pahlsson made it 4-2 at 7:55 of the third period, and Phaneuf completed the scoring with a power-play goal with 4:29 to play.

Kunitz opened the scoring for the Mighty Ducks at 9:37 of the first period and Niedermayer made it 2-0 with a short-handed goal with 6:40 left in the period.

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