First he yanked starting goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere at 1:48 of the first period, after Giguere allowed two goals on two shots, and sent in Jonas Hiller. Then the puck dropped at center ice, George Parros dropped gloves with Jean-Francois Jacques, and when the fight was over, Giguere skated back into the crease and switched places with Hiller.
“We found a way to get back into it after we climbed out 2-1, but in the middle frame we made some mistakes.”
Specifically, Giguere allowed goals on back-to-back shots again, at 2:10 and 2:19 of the second. And out came Hiller again — this time for good. He stopped all 10 shots he faced the rest of the way, which wasn’t a lot considering the Ducks peppered Dwayne Roloson with 39 shots over the final 40 minutes.
Hiller said he’s never been sent into a game from the bench, then pulled out, then put in again.
“Iwas a little surprised to go in at all after two goals,” he said. “I was just taking my time, because I thought Randy might have wanted to get an extra timeout. I went in, and I didn’t know if I was going to go back out or not. When Jiggy didn’t take his helmet off, I thought he was going to be back in.”
As for Giguere, he looked more composed than he has all season after being benched at midgame.
“If we play like this,” he said, presumably referring to a Ducks attack that notched a franchise-record 54 shots, “we’ll be fine.”