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Bryzgalov shines, Melin scores in debut as Ducks win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Ducks didn't suffer any

hangover from their most embarrassing loss of the season. Coach

Randy Carlyle wouldn't let them.

Bjorn Melin scored in his NHL debut and the Ducks also got goals

from Travis Moen and Ryan Getzlaf to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2

on Sunday night, ending a four-game losing streak. The victory

restored some confidence to an injury-riddled club that had allowed

four third-period goals in a 4-3 home loss to Columbus on Friday.

"Our message after that game was that the only way we were

going to be able to prevent what happened from continuing on was to

have 20 guys give us our best 60 minutes," Carlyle said. "They

made a commitment to do that, and that was all part of the process

-- not focus on the negative spiral that we've been in, but to focus

on how to get out of it collectively. We're going to feel a lot

better about ourselves tomorrow than we did on Saturday morning."

Ilya Bryzgalov, making his third consecutive start in net

because of Jean-Sebastien Giguere's groin injury, stopped 33 shots

to post his first victory since Nov. 3. Rob Niedermayer added an

empty-net goal with 4.1 seconds left, helping send Detroit to its

third straight loss.

Mikael Samuelsson and Tomas Holmstrom scored power-play goals

for the Red Wings, who are 0-3 on their five-game trip. Both of

their three-game losing streaks this season have included losses to

Anaheim and San Jose.

"When you set up your road trip and you know you're playing

Anaheim, you know they're right there at the top," said Detroit

coach Mike Babcock, who guided the Ducks to the Stanley Cup Finals

in 2003. "We had every opportunity to win, and Bryz made some

great saves for them. But we shot two in our own net tonight, and

that's not going to happen very often."

Melin, a 25-year-old right wing acquired from the New York

Islanders in March 2002, put Anaheim ahead 2-1 at 10:36 of the

second when his intended centering pass for Andy McDonald changed

direction off the stick of Detroit's Brett Lebda and got past

Dominik Hasek. The play began when Teemu Selanne intercepted Robert

Lang's breakout pass outside the Red Wings' blue line.

Getzlaf made it 3-1 about 2 minutes later with his 17th goal,

beating Hasek to the stick side with a slap shot from the top of

the right circle.

"I had a good look at it and I saw it all the way, but I guess

I misplayed the puck," said Hasek, a six-time Vezina Trophy winner

and two-time All-Star who was back between the pipes for the first

time since allowing a career-high eight goals in Thursday's 9-4

loss to the Sharks. "It was a good shot, but I should have made

the save. If he shot it 10 more times, I would probably make 10

saves."

A delayed penalty was about to be called against Anaheim's Sean

O'Donnell for cross-checking Holmstrom when a shot by Henrik

Zetterberg skipped off Holmstrom's skate and past Bryzgalov,

trimming the Ducks lead to 3-2 with 17:46 to play and Joe DiPenta

already in the box for high-sticking.

Detroit was pressing for the tying goal when Bryzgalov dropped

to his knees to smother a 10-foot wrist shot by Pavel Datsyuk with

1:25 remaining.

"The ice obviously got tilted in the third period," Carlyle

said. "They got some very talented people, and if you let them

skate through the neutral zone they can burn you. There's no

question they're a very skilled group, but our commitment and our

work ethic was very large and we won our share of one-on-one

battles."

Detroit defenseman Danny Markov, who inadvertently deflected a

puck into his own net for the tiebreaking goal in the Red Wings'

4-2 loss at Los Angeles on Saturday, also got a stick on a wrist

shot from the top of the right circle by Moen that beat Hasek to

the stick side and gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead at 1:15 of the second.

"Sometimes you play hard and the bounces don't go your way,"

Hasek said. "The first two goals were deflections from my

teammates, and those were tough goals."

Datsyuk returned to Detroit's lineup after sitting out three

games with a groin injury, but defenseman Mathieu Schneider left

the game after just two shifts because of what the Red Wings

described as a lower body injury.Game notes
Ducks C Samuel Pahlsson played in his 237th consecutive

game, tying D Oleg Tverdovsky's franchise record. He hasn't missed

a game since Feb. 5, 2003, when he was a healthy scratch. ... The

NHL honored Giguere in a pregame ceremony for his 25th

regular-season shutout (Dec. 6), a modest feat considering the fact

that 13 other current goaltenders have more shutouts than Giguere --

and five of them are on a list of 26 goalies with 42 or more. The

record is 103 by Terry Sawchuk, who had 85 shutouts with the Red

Wings.