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Giguere, Gerber Get Little Defensive Help

Times Staff Writer

Safe to say, Mighty Duck goaltenders have seen better days, not to mention better defensive play in front of them.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Martin Gerber did a tag team in Sunday’s 6-4 loss to Calgary. Gerber started, gave up three goals on the first eight shots. Giguere followed and gave up two goals on the first six shots he saw.

Yet, it was hard to lay the blame in the crease. Flame players were left free around the net.

“On plays down low, it’s always about communication,” said Giguere, who took the loss. “There was a little bit of a lack in communication. Calgary just outworked us. They worked and they worked and they worked and that causes confusion down low.”

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For which Duck defensemen were ready to take the blame.

“We just gave them far too much room, far too much time with puck,” Keith Carney said. “They capitalized on it.”

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Vaclav Prospal’s second-period goal gave him eight goals in the last eight games.... The Ducks scored two power-play goals, giving them 10 goals in their last 23 power plays.... Duck defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski scored his third goal of the season, one shy of his career total.... Calgary recalled former Duck Mike Commodore, who played 13 minutes 45 seconds against his ex-team Sunday.

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