Sheldon Souray D ANA Mar 02 '13

Defenseman Sheldon Souray is enjoying a first-rate season but was a healthy scratch by Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau Friday night against Anaheim as a means of resting him up ahead of Saturday's contest in Phoenix.

It was the first game missed for Souray, who has played a big role for the winning Ducks with four goals, eight points and a plus-13 rating. "Somewhere during this month, there's going to be days off for him and other guys too," Boudreau said. Souray faded as his season went on for Dallas last year, and Boudreau is taking that into account as well as the 21 minutes he is averaging per night. "There's a lot of reasons why you want to keep a guy like him fresh because he's done great for us," Boudreau said.

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