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Ducks Shutout Avs 5-0 in Game One

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Teemu Selanne had a goal and two assists against his former Colorado teammates, Anaheim rookie Ilya Bryzgalov logged his second consecutive shutout, and the Mighty Ducks opened the Western Conference semifinals Friday night with a 5-0 victory over the Avalanche.

Bryzgalov, who started again over Jean-Sebastien Giguere, is the first rookie to post back-to-back playoff shutouts since Toronto's Frank McCool had three straight in 1945.

The Ducks scored four times in the second period, including goals by Selanne and Joffrey Lupul in the final minute to break the game open. Bryzgalov made 29 saves after stopping all 22 he faced in his Game 7 win at Calgary to clinch the first-round series.

He only allowed three goals on 93 shots in four games against the Flames.

Bryzgalov got lots of help in this series opener from the Ducks' defense, which prevented the Avalanche from getting off few quality shots.

Colorado's Jose Theodore allowed all five Anaheim goals on 34 shots.

While the Ducks had only one day off between wrapping up their first-round series and beginning the matchup against Colorado, they dominated the Avalanche, who eliminated Dallas on Sunday.

The start was the third of the postseason for Bryzgalov, a 25-year-old Russian who played in a 2-1 overtime defeat in the opening game against Calgary while Giguere was sidelined by a lower body injury. Giguere returned and wasn't particularly effective, so Bryzgalov started again in the crucial Game 6, a 2-1 victory. He beat the Flames 3-0 in the finale.

Getting his fifth goal of this postseason, Selanne sped down on a breakaway and beat Theodore with a backhander on the glove side with 55 seconds left in the second period.

Fifty seconds later, he picked up his own rebound near the left post and slid the puck across the crease, where Lupul tapped it in for his second goal of the playoffs.

After Samuel Pahlsson opened the scoring at 2:38 of the second period, Chris Kunitz gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead at 10:24. Travis Moen made it 5-0 midway through the final period.

Kunitz, skating through the right circle, picked up a rebound of a shot by Francois Beauchemin that bounced some 10 feet in front of the goal. Kunitz took a shot that got past Theodore but hit the right post, then the Ducks left winger controlled the puck again and slipped it into the net as he skated past the post.

The goal was his second of the playoffs.

Pahlsson, also logging his second of this postseason, scored on a slap shot from the left circle at 2:38 of the period. Colorado was down a man on the play because left wing Andrew Brunette was lying on his face back up the ice. Beauchemin had flattened him with a shoulder.

Brunette lay there for a couple of minutes before getting up and slowly skating off. He had a jaw injury and didn't return. He is tied for the team lead with three playoff goals.

Theodore had a busy first period, facing 14 shots - 13 in the last 15 minutes - while his Colorado teammates got off only four at Bryzgalov. The Ducks finally scored on their first shot of the second period.

Notes: Selanne's goal was his 22nd career in the playoffs. ... Because of an arena conflict, dates of the sixth and seventh games, if necessary, were switched to May 16 and May 18, with Game 6 at Colorado and Game 7 at Anaheim. ... Anaheim RW Corey Perry was scratched because of a knee injury. ... All four meetings between the Avalanche and the Ducks in the regular season were decided by one goal, with Colorado winning three.

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