NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, October 19th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (2-1-2-0) at Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (0-4-0-0), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Western Conference-champion Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
continue the search for their first victory tonight when they invite the
Boston Bruins to the Pond.
Anaheim is 0-4 for the first time in team history and has been outscored by a
12-2 margin in those losses. Its most recent setback occurred on Friday when
the Ducks were dealt their second consecutive shutout loss, a 3-0 defeat at
the hands of the Ottawa Senators.
It was the first time the Ducks have been shutout in consecutive regular-
season games since January 12-14, 2001, by Buffalo and Carolina.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, 0-3 since winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff
MVP, finished with 25 saves in the setback for Anaheim, which has scored
since Rob Niedermayer's tally less than a minute into the third period
back on October 9, a drought 139:18. Niedermayer has both of the team's goals
Anaheim's best scoring chance on Friday came early on in the third period, but
Ottawa netminder Patrick Lalime robbed Stanislav Chistov with a glove save on
a shot from point blank range.
The Ducks are the only team this season without a point.
Boston, meanwhile, comes into tonight's contest on a high note after a
thrilling win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Patrice Bergeron and
Mike Knuble scored just 44 seconds apart late in the third period, lifting the
B's to a 4-3 victory.
Bergeron finished with a goal and two assists for Boston, which rallied from a
3-0 deficit and won its second straight game after opening the season 0-1-2.
The Bruins scored three times in the third and held the Kings without a shot
on goal during the final 20 minutes.
Brian Rolston notched a goal and an assist for Boston, while Sandy McCarthy
got the comeback started with his first goal of the season.
Felix Potvin, facing the Kings for the first time since leaving as an
unrestricted free agent this past offseason, stopped 15 shots in his first
victory as a Bruin.
The Ducks won the lone meeting between the teams last season, but are just
2-4-1 in the last seven matchups. Boston is also 2-0-1 in its last three trips
10/19 11:08:30 ET