Anaheim (26-19-4) at Toronto (18-22-5)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Thu Jan 20, 2011
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Jean-Sebastien Giguere(notes) helped the Anaheim Ducks to their only Stanley Cup title, and owns many of their goaltending records.

He hasn’t come close to that type of success since being dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs nearly a year ago.

Giguere could be in net against his former team Thursday night as the Maple Leafs attempt to rebound from their most lopsided defeat in almost three years.

Giguere was the Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 2003, when the Ducks (26-19-4) lost to New Jersey in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. Four years later, he was spectacular in helping Anaheim return to the finals and beat Ottawa for the Cup.

Giguere spent eight-plus seasons with the Ducks, setting franchise records for wins (206), shutouts (32) and goals-against average in a single season (2.12).

The emergence of Jonas Hiller(notes) as the Ducks’ top goaltender made Giguere expendable, leading to his trade to Toronto (18-22-5) on Jan. 31.

Now, he’s likely to face his former club for the first time since the deal, as the Maple Leafs try to end a three-game slide.

“Obviously, we had a long road with Jiggy,” Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne(notes) told the team’s official website. “He did so much for our hockey club for so many years. It’s going to be a little different to play against him. In the game, obviously you try not to think about that too much.

“One thing for sure - there are no secrets either way. He knows where I’m going to shoot, and I know his style, too. It’s going to be interesting.”

Giguere is 8-7-3 with a 2.73 GAA this season after going 6-7-2 with a 2.49 GAA following the trade in 2009-10, as the Leafs failed to reach the playoffs for a fifth straight season.

Those prospects appear bleak again with Toronto and Ottawa tied at the bottom of the Northeast Division, 12 points out of playoff position.

There were no signs of improvement in Wednesday’s 7-0 loss at the New York Rangers, the Leafs’ most lopsided defeat since being routed 8-0 by Florida on Feb. 5, 2008.

“They made us look silly,” coach Ron Wilson said.

Wilson started Jonas Gustavsson(notes) on Wednesday, and he allowed six goals on 25 shots. Giguere made a brief appearance to complete the first period and gave up one goal on three shots.

Gustavsson is 3-9-1 with a 3.94 GAA over his last 14 games, including 1-4-1 with a 4.41 GAA in six appearances at Air Canada Centre.

He made 25 saves in a 6-3 win at Anaheim on Oct. 26, 2009.

Hiller struggled in that loss, but is 7-2-0 with a 1.72 GAA and two shutouts in his last 10 games. He’s coming off one of his best efforts of the season, making 39 stops and two more in the shootout in a 2-1 win over Ottawa on Tuesday.

“Our goalie stole us two points,” right wing Joffrey Lupul(notes) said. “You can be happy with the two points, but not the way we played. We know that. We’ll play differently (Thursday).”

Corey Perry(notes), born roughly 90 miles from Toronto in Peterborough, has three goals and two assists in the last four games, and his 24 goals and 50 points rank among the league leaders. The right wing has two goals and four assists in three games against the Leafs.

The Ducks are 3-10-0 with four ties at Toronto.

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