ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer scored the go-ahead goal on a brilliant play after Ilya Bryzgalov had kept the Mighty Ducks in the game.
Niedermayer's power-play goal with 5:37 remaining lifted Anaheim to a 2-1 victory Monday night over the Calgary Flames and forced Game 7 in their Western Conference playoffs.
"We played well tonight, but we had to. We had no choice," Niedermayer said. "Now all we've got is another chance to go back out there and play hard again."
Bryzgalov, who found out just before the game he would start in goal over Jean-Sebastien Giguere, stopped 21 shots, allowing only Stephane Yelle's first-period goal.
"I wasn't nervous. Definitely not. It's hockey," Bryzgalov said. "Why am I supposed to be nervous? It's a game."
His teammates noticed his attitude.
"Bryzgalov was very solid and he really played calmly," said Teemu Selanne, who scored the Ducks' other goal. "That really settled everyone on the team in front of him."
Even Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff complimented Bryzgalov.
"We had our chances to win, but their goalie did a very good job in making the stops that he had to," said Kiprusoff, who faced 30 shots.
Niedermayer picked up a rebound of a shot by Corey Perry and, rather than try a quick shot, sliced to his left behind the net. After circling the back of the goal, he slid the puck toward the crease, where it hit Rhett Warrener and skittered past the sprawling Kiprusoff.
"I knew their goalie was caught way out of the net, and I knew we'd have guys there," Niedermayer said. "I was just trying to get it out front and I got a little bit of luck there."
The final game of the series is Wednesday night in Calgary. In the first six games, each time a team lost, it bounced back to win the next contest.
"It didn't happen tonight and now we go to Game 7," Flames captain Jarome Iginla said. "It's been back and forth the whole series. We go home and we're willing to do whatever it takes."
Selanne tied it 1-1 in the second period with his second goal of the series. Skating into the left circle, Selanne took a pass from Andy McDonald and beat Kiprusoff with a slap shot to the stick side.
Giguere sat out the first playoff game, a 2-1 overtime loss by the Ducks in Calgary, because of a lower body injury. He said before Game 2 he had recovered from the injury.
But he gave up three goals on 18 shots before being pulled for Bryzgalov early in the second period of a 3-2 loss at Calgary in Game 5, and has allowed an average of 3.87 goals a game during the series.
Bryzgalov stopped all 19 shots he faced in that game.
Yelle got his first goal of the series midway in the opening period, scoring on a rebound.
Anaheim appeared to even it shortly afterward when Selanne backhanded a shot into the net, but the Ducks' Joffrey Lupul was called for goaltender interference, so the score didn't count.
Selanne predictably protested, and the replay did seem to show his shot already had gone in before Lupul made contact with Kiprusoff.
Notes: At No. 3, the Flames are the highest remaining seed in the Western Conference since No. 1 Detroit and No. 2 Dallas have been eliminated. ... Although Giguere has been a fan favorite, Bryzgalov received the loudest applause during the pregame introductions. ... Giguere was the playoffs MVP in 2003, when he was sensational for the Ducks as they made their first Stanley Cup finals. They lost to New Jersey in seven games.
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