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Anaheim won 4-2 (Game 4 of 6)

Anaheim won 4-2

Game 1: Thursday, April 24th
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Game 2: Saturday, April 26th
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Game 3: Monday, April 28th
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Game 4: Wednesday, April 30th
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Game 5: Saturday, May 3rd
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Game 6: Monday, May 5th
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10:00 PM ET, April 30, 2003

Honda Center, Anaheim, California

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DAL 0 0 00
ANA 0 0 11

J. Giguere (Ducks - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: 1.000

M. Leclerc (Ducks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Turco (Stars - G): Saves: 21, Save Pct.: .955

Giguere makes 28 saves in blanking top-seeded Dallas

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- They swept defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit and are one win away from eliminating Dallas, the top seed in the West.

 Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Giguere

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 of pressure."

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' Marty Turco.

"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 now."

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.

With Dallas' Jason Arnott off for crosschecking, Sandis Ozolinsh made a cross-ice pass to Leclerc, who wristed a shot from 20 feet that beat Turco high on the glove side.

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 it."

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 it again.

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 the defense.

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.

Game notes
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 title.

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