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Avs Blanked Again, Ducks Take 2-0 Series Lead

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Ilya Bryzgalov tied a 61-year-old NHL rookie record with his third consecutive playoff shutout, and three of his Anaheim teammates scored in the Mighty Ducks' 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

Ryan Getzlaf opened the scoring in the first period, and Ruslan Salei and Joffrey Lupul added goals in the second.

Coming off a 5-0 win in the first game, the Ducks took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Denver.

Bryzgalov, who had 22 saves in the victory, hasn't allowed a goal in 229 minutes, 42 seconds, replacing Jean-Sebastien Giguere in the Ducks' record book for scoreless minutes in the playoffs.

The 25-year-old Russian also has replaced Giguere -- the 2003 playoffs MVP -- as Anaheim's No. 1 goalie, getting the job in the first round against Calgary after Giguere was inconsistent.

Toronto's Frank McCool had three postseason shutouts in a row as a rookie in 1945.

Although the Ducks' defense kept the pressure off the goalie most of the game, he made several fines saves, including reaching behind him to snare a puck on a close-range shot by Alex Tanguay.

The goalie needed to make few difficult saves, including blocking Joe Sakic's shot from the slot on an Avalanche power play -- Colorado's first shot -- 12:55 into the game. Sakic got off another shot near the crease at 18:40 of the second period, but Bryzgalov turned that aside as well.

Jose Theodore made 32 saves for Colorado.

Lupul made it 3-0 at 12:24 of the period after Salei had scored at 4:41.

Dustin Penner, on the boards to the right, threaded a backhand pass between his legs to Lupul breaking through the right circle. Lupul shot as he sliced across the top of the crease, Theodore blocked the shot, then Lupul picked up the rebound and poked it into the net for his third goal of the playoffs.

Salei got his second goal of the postseason on a slap shot from just inside the left point. Theodore's vision was blocked by two of his teammates who were parked in front of the goal.

Notching his sixth point of the playoffs, Scott Niedermayer powered a slap shot from the left point that Retzlaf redirected past Theodore for his second goal of the postseason and a 1-0 lead at 18:17 of the opening period.

Colorado didn't get off a shot for the first 7:05, had only in the first 15 minutes and was outshot 11-6 in the first period.

Finally, on a power play that began at 14:08 of the first period, the Avalanche managed two shots -- but so did the short-handed Ducks.

Game notes: Anaheim RW Corey Perry missed his second game in a row because of a knee injury. ... Giguere had three consecutive shutouts and a total of six in the 2003 playoffs, when the Ducks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to New Jersey.

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