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Anaheim ends skid by extending Dallas'

Associated Press
Published December 8, 2003

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Vinny Prospal and Joffrey Lupul scored power-play goals 22 seconds apart in the second period and Martin Gerber made 32 saves for his third shutout in Anaheim's 4-0 victory against Dallas on Sunday.

Defenseman Kurt Sauer ended a 33-game goal drought, and Sergei Fedorov added a short-handed goal to help the Ducks end a three-game losing streak.

Gerber made his 10th start of the season instead of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, last season's playoff MVP, who was lifted during Anaheim's previous two games. He gave up four goals at Detroit and five at Atlanta. Giguere is 0-4-1 with a 3.85 goals-against average in his past five starts.

It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Stars, who are 4-10-2 in their past 16. They have been shut out in two of their past three and six times this season, twice as many as all of last season, when they had the league's second-best record.

The Ducks' power play capitalized twice on staggered penalties against Gavin Morgan and John Erskine. Niclas Havelid's 50-foot slap shot was wide of the left post. But Prospal played the hard carom off the boards and tucked it behind Marty Turco with 58 seconds left on Morgan's roughing penalty.

Lupul connected with 1:04 left on Erskine's elbowing penalty, beating Turco to the stick side with a wrist shot from the left circle 4:47 into the second.

Anaheim was 0-for-16 with the man advantage during its previous five games, and Dallas had allowed one goal in 24 short-handed situations in its previous eight.

FLAMES 6, PENGUINS 1: Shean Donovan had a hat trick and an assist against his former team for host Calgary, which has won four in a row and earned points in 10 in a row.

Acquired in a trade March 11, 2002, Donovan has a six-game goal scoring streak with nine goals and two assists during that span. He's tied with Detroit's Brett Hull for the longest goal streak in the league this season and two games shy of the club record shared by Kent Nilsson (1983-84) and Gary Roberts (1992-93).

Donovan capped his first hat trick by converting a pass from Martin Gelinas with 1:14 left in the game.

BLACKHAWKS 2, COYOTES 2: Shane Doan's power-play goal with 1:07 left gave host Chicago the tie. Although the Blackhawks ended an eight-game losing streak, their winless slide reached 14, their longest since 1959-60. They are 0-9-2-3 during that stretch.

Chicago's Kyle Calder scored on a four-on-three by deflecting Bryan Berard's shot from the top of the slot 5:56 into the third to tie it at 1. The power-play goal was only the second for Chicago in its past 33 chances.

Calder made it 2-1 with 6:03 left, deflecting Mark Bell's shot from the boards during another power play.

But with Scott Nichol off for roughing, Doan beat Michael Leighton high on the glove side with a 30-foot shot.

Top pick to leave Penguins

CALGARY - The Penguins agreed to loan goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to the Canadian team for the world junior championships. General manager Craig Patrick said Fleury will be in Ontario on Thursday for the start of training camp. The tournament is Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Helsinki, Finland. Fleury, the top pick in June's draft, is 4-9-2 with a 3.14 goals-against average.

CANADIENS: Defenseman Stephane Quintal was suspended for one game for his actions during a fight with Carolina's Bob Boughner after Montreal's victory Saturday. He was assessed a match penalty for trying to kick Boughner while both were restrained by linesmen. He will miss tonight's game.

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