Mighty Ducks push Wings to brink of elimination

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2003

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The upstart Anaheim Mighty Ducks have the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings in deep trouble.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 36 shots and Samuel Pahlsson and Stanislav Chistov scored as the Mighty Ducks beat the Red Wings 2-1 Monday night to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference series.

Last year, the Red Wings came from a 2-0 deficit vs. Vancouver in the first round to the next four games and go to their third Stanley Cup title in six years.

Detroit faces a considerably tougher challenge now -- only two other teams have come back to win series when down 3-0.

Swept by Detroit in their only two previous trips to the postseason, the Ducks need a victory at home in Game 4 on Wednesday night to sweep the Red Wings.

The 25-year-old Giguere, in his first NHL postseason, lost his shutout when Tomas Holmstrom chipped in his own rebound with 6:16 left after the Anaheim goalie had stopped 33 shots.

Giguere saved 97 shots to help the Ducks win the first two games. He had 63 saves alone in the Ducks' 2-1 triple overtime win in Game 1. In the second game, they scored two late goals for a 3-2 victory in Detroit.

Holmstrom's goal, his first of the series, came when Nicklas Lidstrom flipped a pass to him from the middle of the Anaheim zone. Holmstrom, near the crease, controlled the puck, took a shot that Giguere deflected, then lofted the rebound back over the goalie's shoulder.

The goal came six seconds after Pahlsson received a holding-the-stick penalty.

But that was it for the Red Wings, who outshot the Ducks for the third game in a row, this time 37-26.

Chistov scored with 18:16 remaining to give Anaheim a 2-0 margin after Detroit goalie Curtis Joseph came out of the net to clear a loose puck near the bottom of the left circle. Chistov beat Joseph to the puck, circled behind the net, and poked a shot that hit Detroit rookie Henrik Zetterberg's skate and went into the goal as Joseph slid across the crease trying to get back into position.

The goal was Chistov's second of the playoffs.

After a scoreless first period, Pahlsson gave Anaheim the lead with his first goal of the postseason, 2:31 into the second period.

Pahlsson, skating in the left circle with defender Dmitri Bykov frantically trying to wrap him up from behind, took a half swing at the puck and it sailed over Joseph's right shoulder.

A minute after Pahlsson's goal, Mathieu Dandenault appeared to tie the game with a slap shot from the left circle. But an instant before Dandenault got the shot off, the Red Wings were whistled for too many men on the ice.

Giguere stopped 11 shots in the first period, including a 12-footer by Brett Hull the Anaheim goal slapped away with his glove.

Giguere had a close call with 16 seconds left in the period when Brendan Shanahan banged a slap shot off the crossbar during a Detroit power play.

Joseph had 10 first-period saves, including spearing Petr Sykora's slap shot with his glove.

The Ducks, who came into the league as an expansion franchise in 1993, are making their third postseason appearance. They lost four straight to Detroit in the second round in 1997, then also didn't win a game against the Red Wings during the first round in 1999.

Senators 3, Islanders 2, 2 OT

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Todd White's second goal of the game 2:25 into the second overtime Monday night gave Ottawa a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders and a 2-1 series lead for the top-seeded Senators.

The teams split the first two games of the best-of-seven series in Ottawa. The Senators, who won the Presidents' Trophy with 113 points -- 30 more than eighth-seeded New York -- only need to win their remaining two home games to reach the second round for the second straight year.

Chris Phillips also scored for Ottawa, which got 30 saves from Patrick Lalime.

Alexei Yashin and Randy Robitaille scored for New York, which had 29 saves from Garth Snow.

Game 4 is Wednesday night on Long Island, and the series returns to Ottawa for Game 5 on Thursday.

Maple Leafs 4, Flyers 3, 2 OT

TORONTO -- Tomas Kaberle scored his second goal of the game at 7:20 of the second overtime as Toronto took a 2-1 lead over Philadelphia.

After Toronto's Mats Sundin skated around the back of the net and put a shot on goalie Roman Cechmanek, Kaberle backhanded the rebound in.

Kaberle tied the game at 2 in the second period. Then Alexander Mogilny gave Toronto a 3-2 lead with his fifth goal of the series, but Mark Recchi tied it early in the third period.

Kim Johnsson almost won it for the Flyers in the first overtime, but his shot deflected off goalie Ed Belfour's right shoulder and hit the post.

Eric Weinrich and Eric Desjardins gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead in the first 8:02. But Robert Reichel put Toronto back in the game with a goal just 37 seconds after that of Desjardins.

Avalanche 3, Wild 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota's fans waited 11 years for another playoff game, but Patrick Roy was unbeatable as Colorado spoiled the coming-out party.

In the first playoff game the Twin Cities has hosted since the Dallas Stars were the Minnesota North Stars in 1992, Alex Tanguay's early first-period goal got Colorado going.

The victory gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series. Game 4, also in St. Paul, is Wednesday night. The series shifts back to Denver for Game 5 on Saturday afternoon.

Peter Forsberg a goal and an assist and Joe Sakic had a goal for Colorado, which got 18 saves from Roy.

Blues 3, Canucks 1

ST. LOUIS -- Doug Weight had two goals and an assist, and a stingy defense helped St. Louis take control of the opening-round series.

The Blues, who also got a goal and an assist from Pavol Demitra, lead the Western Conference series 2-1 heading into Game 4 Wednesday night in St. Louis.

Defenseman Al MacInnis, the Blues' captain, injured his shoulder on a hit by Todd Bertuzzi in the first period of Game 2 and will be out indefinitely. Without his dominating slap shot on the power play, the Blues improvised with a lineup that often featured four left-handed shooters.

Despite the absence of MacInnis, Vancouver was held to 14 shots, the team's lowest total since Feb. 20 at St. Louis, when the Canucks also had 14. Marek Malik scored his first career playoff goal on a second-period power play.

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