Kunitz nets pair as Ducks dump Devils

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ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Chris Kunitz snapped a tie early

in the third period and tallied again later in the session as

the Anaheim Ducks recorded a 4-3 triumph over the New Jersey

Devils on Sunday.

Rookie Bobby Ryan and Samuel Pahlsson also scored, Corey Perry

notched two assists and Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 18

shots for Anaheim, which snapped a modest two-game losing

streak.

"You just have to roll with the punches and hope at the end of

the day you'll end up winning the game," Giguere said.

"Tonight, after every bounce they had, we answered back big

time."

"He's been going through some tough times and this will help get

his confidence back," defenseman Chris Pronger said of Giguere.

"As a group, we haven't been giving him much (help). He's been

working very hard. It's important that we feed on this game."

Veteran Bobby Holik, David Clarkson and Zach Parise scored and

Scott Clemmensen finished with 30 saves for New Jersey, which

fell to 1-3-0 in its last four games.

Kunitz snapped a 2-2 tie just 96 seconds into the third period

after he circled the net and tucked the puck just inside the

left goalpost before Clemmensen could span the crease.

"It seems that he had the puck wrapped around the post. I didn't

see it go in," Kunitz said.

Clemmensen was stunned that the officials declared it a goal so

quickly.

"He (ref) didn't even want to review it. He said it was a goal

right away," Clemmensen said. "I didn't think it was that

obvious, but apparently he knew that it was, and I don't know.

I'm glad they reviewed it, but I guess they saw that it

conclusively went in. I'm not sure, I know it was underneath

me.

"I'm not sure how they did it, but I guess it was a goal. Some

of my pads and my legs ended up behind the goal line, but I knew

I had the puck underneath me. I don't know what the exact

ruling is, but you have to actually see the puck cross the goal

line. Maybe they did, but I knew it was somewhere underneath

me, and I didn't think that it was going to be called a goal,

but as soon as I asked the ref right away, he said that without

a doubt that it was a goal. But I'm glad they reviewed it."

Giguere preserved the slim lead by denying captain Jamie

Langenbrunner on a breakaway with 12 1/2 minutes remaining in

the third.

"I came out of the net and played the puck," Giguere said. "I

tried to be real patient, and I stopped him."

"I just ran out of room there," Langenbrunner said. "He came

from such a tight angle, and not much speed after that. He

(Giguere) had a good push off. I didn't get much on it and kind

of bumped into his glove a little bit."

The netminder also received a little help after Brian Gionta's

wrist shot hit the right goalpost nearly three minutes later.

Kunitz added his second of the night and 11th of the season with

3:33 remaining after wristing a shot past Clemmensen and under

the crossbar for his second multi-goal game of the season and

ninth of career.

"It was nice to see Kunitz come through," Ducks coach Randy

Carlyle said. "I thought it was his best game in a long time.

He was skating and banging and the puck seemed to follow him

around that way."

Parise halved the deficit with 30 seconds remaining, but the

Devils were unable to net the equalizer.

The Devils opened the scoring with 7:07 remaining in the first

period after defenseman Mike Mottau's shot caromed off both Jay

Pandolfo and Holik and into the net. The 38-year-old Holik was

credited with his second tally of the campaign.

"I don't even know how that first goal went in; I have no idea,"

Holik said. "It doesn't mean much, especially on a day when you

lose.

"Numbers are for people who have them, for me it's just another

game that we lost and we need those two points on the road.

With our performance tonight, maybe we would've beaten the L.A.

Kings like we did last night, but it's just not good enough

against the Ducks."

Ryan leveled the contest nearly 2 1/2 minutes later after

accepting a cross-slot feed from Brendan Morrison and sending it

past Clemmensen for his sixth goal in his last five games.

Pahlsson gave the Ducks a 2-1 advantage with nine seconds left

in the first period, but Clarkson leveled the contest after

poking home a loose puck on the doorstep for a power-play goal

with 3:04 remaining in the second session.

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