For Giguere, It's Progress

Times Staff Writer

There were enough good things to make the Mighty Ducks gloss over losing their third consecutive game Tuesday night, this time a 2-1 overtime loss to St. Louis.

Topping the list was the play of goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

"Any time your starting goaltender leaves the rink feeling good about himself, that's a big plus," Coach Mike Babcock said.

Giguere felt fairly good about his performance. He was assaulted in the first period with 19 shots and several shoves. He looked more like the goaltender who pushed the Ducks through the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Giguere entered the game with only one victory and a poor 3.04 goals-against average. But he protected a 1-0 lead until the last five minutes.

"I wanted to be strong for 60 minutes and give the team a chance to win," Giguere said. "I felt like I did that. For me, I can take positives away from this game and roll with it."

The two blemishes were the St. Louis goals, both of which beat Giguere five-hole. The game-winner, a blistering shot by Keith Tkachuk, left Giguere angry with himself.

"I was guessing that he was going high and you don't want to start guessing out there," Giguere said. "That lesson I have to remember."

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