ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- They swept defending Stanley Cup champion
Detroit and are one win away from eliminating Dallas, the top seed
in the West.
The plucky Anaheim Mighty Ducks are on the verge of making the
NHL's final four.
Anaheim beat the Stars 1-0 Wednesday night on Mike Leclerc's
power-play goal with 1:47 remaining for a 3-1 lead in the
best-of-seven Western Conference playoffs.
Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere, playing in his first NHL
postseason, turned in another spectacular performance, earning his
first playoff shutout by making 28 saves.
"The good thing about goaltenders is that they are special
people," Ducks coach Mike Babcock said. "When the score is all
zeros, you know that one goal will win the game -- and that is a lot
With the Ducks' seven postseason wins -- and one loss -- all by
one goal, Giguere is getting used to the pressure.
The Anaheim goalie, whose 10 stops in the third period included
a sprawling skate save on a shot by Mike Modano, said he was just
concentrating on keeping track of the puck.
"At the end, I was just trying to fight to see the puck," he
said. "All I could think the whole time was, 'Where's the puck?'"
Modano was impressed by the play of both Giguere and the Stars'
"Both goalies played real well and allowed both teams to stay
in it. We flinched first," Modano said. "Giguere made a couple of
phenomenal saves. He's in a zone that's hard to understand right
Leclerc considered his goal a sort of makeup.
"I missed a chance two or three shifts before that, so it was
an amazing feeling," he said.
The series returns to Dallas for Game 5 on Saturday. Game 6, if
necessary, will be in Anaheim on Monday night.
Dallas coach Dave Tippett obviously wasn't pleased with the
foul, Arnott's second penalty in less than seven minutes.
"You just can't put yourself in that position," Tippett said.
Arnott said, "I didn't think I hit him that hard. That's a
tough call that late in the game, but I'm not going to whine about
The goal, which came on Anaheim's 22nd and final shot of the
game, was Leclerc's second score in the postseason.
The 25-year-old Giguere set a club record with eight shutouts
during the regular season, then was outstanding as the Ducks
stunned the Red Wings in the opening round of the playoffs.
He made two fine saves against Dallas in the second period on
the way to the shutout.
Jere Lehtinen, behind the Ducks' goal line, passed to Claude
Lemieux as he skated near the crease, and Lemieux one-timed a shot
that Giguere knocked down and pounced on. With time running out in
the period, Stu Barnes wristed a shot from 20 feet that Giguere
speared with his glove.
Turco also was very effective.
Anaheim's Samuel Pahlsson came close on two rapid tries at 13:59
of the third period, first deflecting a shot that Turco blocked,
then poking back the rebound, only to see the Stars' goalie block
In the first period, Turco had gloved Rob Niedermayer's slap
shot from the right circle after Anaheim's Keith Carney intercepted
a pass near center ice and passed to Niedermayer, who broke behind
Two minutes later, Dallas defenseman Sergei Zubov fell down
while battling Anaheim's Paul Kariya for the puck just inside the
Ducks' zone. Kariya, suddenly alone, sprinted up the left side with
the puck and fired a slap shot from the left circle that Turco
knocked away with his right arm.
Anaheim won the first game of the series 4-3 in the fifth
overtime, the fourth-longest game in league history. The Ducks took
the second game 3-2 early in the first overtime. Dallas then won
its first of the series, 2-1 on Monday night in Anaheim.
The Stars beat Edmonton in six games in the opening round,
winning three straight after falling behind 2-1.
The game was the 231st in the playoffs for Lemieux, tying
him with Guy Carbonneau for second place on the career list, five
behind Mark Messier. ... Lemieux is trying to become the first
player to win the Stanley Cup with four teams. He played on Cup
champions at Montreal, New Jersey and Colorado, winning twice with
the Devils. ... Four of the last six teams that won the Stanley Cup
defeated the defending champions in the playoffs on the way to the