Anaheim won 4-2 (Game 5 of 6)

Anaheim won 4-2

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

Ducks 1


Stars 4


4:00 PM ET, May 3, 2003

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

1 2 3 T
ANA 0 0 11
DAL 2 1 14

N. Kapanen (Stars - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

S. Barnes (Stars - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

D. Hatcher (Stars - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Dallas stays alive; knocks Giguere out after two periods

DALLAS (AP) -- Playing with the determination that earned them the top seed in the Western Conference, the Dallas Stars cooled off Jean-Sebastien Giguere on Saturday.

 Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Giguere gave up three goals in two periods, then sat out the third as the Stars avoided elimination by beating the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-1 Saturday in Game 5 of their second-round series.

"All I can do is forget about it," Giguere said. "The next game is a new challenge. This is a learning process for me. The next game will be a great battle and I am looking forward to it."

The Ducks still lead the series 3-2 and have two more chances to advance to the Western Conference finals, starting at home Monday night.

But Dallas is coming off its best game of the playoffs and they can again view Giguere as the guy they chased twice in the regular season, not someone who is climbing up the postseason record charts.

"Our team has the ability to control our own destiny if we play as well as we can," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "I told them we needed to push out of our comfort zone and into the nasty zone."

In falling to 7-2 this postseason, the Ducks lost on the road for the first time and played their first game decided by more than one goal. This also was the third straight game they've only scored one goal.

"We just need to play the next game with the same sense of urgency that Dallas played with today," forward Steve Thomas said.

The Stars were energized and hungry from the start, with Jere Lehtinen's shot off the goal post 53 seconds in that served as a warning shot.

Rob DiMaio and Stu Barnes scored in the first period, giving Dallas its first two-goal lead of the series. Rookie Niko Kapanen added a short-handed goal late in the second, prompting Anaheim to go with goalie Martin Gerber at the start of the third.

Kapanen beat him, too, and was part of the penalty-kill until that went 6-for-6 after allowing power-play goals in each of the last three games. They allowed few scoring chances and generated offense with Kapanen's first goal. DiMaio's goal came seconds after a penalty expired.

The defense was strong regardless of the number of players. Marty Turco, whose solid play has been overshadowed by Giguere's brilliance, faced only 15 Ducks shots. Anaheim's only goal was by Paul Kariya on a rebound early in the third.

"It's good to get the ball rolling," said Dallas' Mike Modano, whose pinpoint pass set up DiMaio's goal. "This is how we have to play. It's unfortunate it took this long in the series to get going."

Giguere gave up three goals on 19 shots. He allowed only seven goals on 154 shots the first four games, including the five-overtime opener and a brief OT in the second game. He was coming off a 22-save shutout in Game 4.

For the whole postseason, his statistics were among the best in the NHL's modern era: a goals-against average of 1.27 and a .960 save percentage.

Maybe it took Dallas four games to believe those numbers were really coming from the goalie they blistered for seven goals in a little more than four periods in two regular-season games back in October and November.

"We needed to score a couple goals on them just to show he's not unbeatable," said Pierre Turgeon, who talked his way into the lineup after being scratched from Game 4 and set up Barnes' goal. "We wanted to disrupt him and put a lot of traffic in front of him."

Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said it was more like a three-car pileup with Giguere sandwiched in the middle. He called the physical abuse Giguere took part of the reason for the benching.

"I thought the goaltender interference was absolutely out of control," Babcock said. "There were a ton of things going on in front of the net that weren't being called. I felt it was imperative to get our guy out of there. I didn't think it was worth it."

The only time Dallas was called for goaltender interference was when Claude Lemieux bowled into Patric Kjellberg, sending him into Giguere, late in the second period.

The Stars' gripe about officiating was that they were whistled for six penalties and Anaheim only had two. The first on Anaheim came with 6.2 seconds left in the second period.

Game notes
Gerber, whose only postseason action was the last two seconds of the first period of Game 2 because of a mix-up, stopped five of six shots. ... Dallas' Claude Lemieux moved into second place on the career list of playoff games played. This was his 232nd, one more than former Stars forward Guy Carbonneau. Mark Messier is first at 236.

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