Ducklings Contribute to Anaheim Win

2 rookies score their first goals in 3-1 Nashville defeat
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2007 2:43 AM CDT
Nashville Predators right wing Alexander Radulov, right, of Russia, shoots past Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf as goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere waits to block the shot in the second period of a hockey...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Rookies Petteri Wirtanen and Drew Miller each scored in the third quarter of the Anaheim Ducks' win over the Nashville Predators, putting their team ahead while chalking up their first NHL goals, reports the AP. Wirtanen was playing in his first game since being sent down to the AHL as the last player cut after training camp. It was Miller's third game.

"Of course, they're big goals," said coach Randy Carlyle. "I don't think any first goal in the NHL isn't big." But these rookies' scores were especially appreciated by Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who stressed the importance of winning home games to build "confidence for the two big games coming up on the road."