Giguere made 25 saves after missing three games because of a groin strain, and Anaheim got power-play goals from Joffrey Lupul, Keith Carney and Teemu Selanne in a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.
“It was only a week for me, so I don’t think it was too much of a setback,” Giguere said. “Mentally and physically, we were sure it was good. We tested it with two practices instead of one, so I was ready to go and I felt good. The guys played well in front of me, so that helped.”
Jarome Iginla trimmed Anaheim’s lead to 2-1 with a power-play goal 5:04 into the third period. Iginla, who had only two goals in his first 10 games, nearly tied it 2 1/2 minutes later when his one-timer from the top of the left circle hit the right post.
“We were fortunate that Iginla hit the post with the big slap shot,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “That seemed to give us a little bit of a wakeup call, and we were able to take over the play.”
Carney converted a rebound with 2:01 remaining, his first goal in 40 career games against Calgary. It came while Andrew Ference was serving a holding penalty. Tony Amonte then took another holding penalty with 33 seconds left, and Selanne capped the scoring with five seconds remaining.
“The last couple of minutes they broke it open, but it was pretty much a one-goal game and they found a way to win it,” Iginla said. “We had our chances in the third period, but Giguere played a good game.”
Selanne’s return to the Ducks after stints with San Jose and Colorado has rejuvenated the nine-time All-Star, who scored 225 goals for Anaheim before being traded in March 2001. He has six goals in his first 10 games back with the team.
“I think it’s a different Teemu than when he was here the first time,” Giguere said. “He’s having a lot more fun than he used to. But you can tell that he’s here for one thing, and that’s to win. And it’s good to see that.”
Anaheim killed off Calgary’s first three power plays, then took a 1-0 lead the first time the Ducks had a man advantage. Selanne passed the puck out from behind the net and Lupul one-timed it past goalie Miikka Kiprusoff’s stick with 1:19 left in the first period.
Lupul’s fifth goal of the season ended a stretch in which the Flames had killed off 34 of 36 short-handed situations over a six-game span. In their first five games, they surrendered 13 power-play goals in 31 chances.
“We stuck to the game plan and played amazing for 60 minutes,” Giguere said. “It was a great game by everybody and we should be happy with this kind of effort. We got three power-play goals and we only gave up one on the PK, so we’ll take that.”
The Ducks, who failed to score in the second period of their previous five games, made it 2-0 at 15:55 of the second when Andy McDonald banked the puck into the net off Kiprusoff’s leg from the right of the crease. The goal extended McDonald’s scoring streak to three games.
Anaheim’s Sergei Fedorov missed his seventh straight game because of a groin strain. Defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh was scratched because of a fractured rib, and rookie Ryan Getzlaf sat out his second game because of a strained left shoulder.
“I’d say it was more of a complete game for our hockey club, and a character builder because of the number of bodies we have out of our lineup,” Carlyle said. “People stepped to the forefront and did the job for us. Those are the type of wins that really make you feel good about yourself. We went out there and we earned it.”
Giguere is 7-6 with two ties against the Flames, who traded him to the Ducks in June 2000. … Carlyle was fined an undisclosed amount by the NHL for remarks about the officiating in a 3-2 loss at Detroit last Friday. … Ozolinsh was injured in Sunday’s win over Phoenix, but played through it in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Los Angeles and logged 16 minutes and 29 seconds in 25 shifts against the Kings. … The Flames, coming off a 3-2 victory against the Kings, have yet to win consecutive games this season. They have scored only three first-period goals in their first 11 games. … The Ducks have allowed at least one power-play goal in each of their first 10 games, 18 total. They came in with a league-worst 75 percent efficiency on the penalty kill.