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DUCKS SWEEP AVALANCHE!

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
DENVER – Todd Marchant tallied twice and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 40 shots to lead the Ducks over the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 in Game 4 and to a series sweep of the Avs in the Western Conference Semifinals.

The Ducks now face either Edmonton or San Jose in Western Conference Finals.

After surviving an early flurry by Colorado in the first period that included a goal by Joe Sakic (4, Tanguay, Brunette), Anaheim turned the momentum led in part by several key Bryzgalov saves.

The Ducks got on the board at 16:52 of the first as Marchant (1, Penner, S. Niedermayer) redirected a Dustin Penner pass past Jose Theodore for the veteran centerman’s first goal of the postseason. 

Teemu Selanne struck for the eventual game-winner at 2:22 of the second period.  Selanne (5, Kunitz, McDonald) picked up a loose puck to the right of Theodore, faked a slap shot and banked a low shot off the netminder’s pads and in the net to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead.

Anaheim grabbed an insurance goal at 6:07 of the third period when Dustin Penner (1, Marchant, Lupul) caught a 2-on-1 pass from Marchant and buried it for his first playoff marker.

Marchant (2, Unassisted) got the empty-netter to seal the victory at 18:22 of the third period. 

NOTES: The sweep was Anaheim’s third in the club’s postseason history – the other two coming against Detroit and Minnesota in 2003…This was the first time the Avalanche had been swept since the franchise moved to Colorado.  In 1986, the Quebec Nordiques were swept by Hartford in the division semifinals. 

GAME LOG

1ST PERIOD:

0:00 - SCRATCHES  ANA D 6 Marshall, RW 61 Perry  COL G 20 Kolesnik, D 2 Finger, D 5 Clark, D 6 Boughner, LW 8 Wolski, C 11 McCormick, 22 LW Konowalchuk, C 87 Turgeon

0:00 - STARTERS  ANA G 30 Bryzgalov, RW 13 Selanne, C 19 McDonald, LW 38 Kunitz, D 23 Beauchemin, D 27 S. Niedermayer  COL G 60 Theodore, RW 14 Laperriere, C 19 Sakic, LW 18 Tanguay, D 3 Skrastins, D 5 Clark

0:00 - PLAY UNDERWAY

2:17 - COL GOAL - 19 SAKIC (4) Assists: 18 Tanguay, 15 Brunette

3:31 - ANA PENALTY - 23 Beauchemin - 2:00 TRIPPING

4:53 - COL PENALTY - 15 Brunette - 2:00 HOLDING THE STICK

9:44 - ANA PENALTY - 27 S. Niedermayer - 2:00 TRIPPING

11:40 - ANA PENALTY - 30 Bryzgalov - 2:00 TRIPPING

16:52 - ANA GOAL - 22 MARCHANT (1) Assists: 76 Penner, 27 S. Niedermayer

19:54 - ANA PENALTY - 24 Salei - 2:00 HOLDING

20:00 - SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 10, COL 15

2ND PERIOD

0:00 - PLAY UNDERWAY

2:22 - ANA GOAL - 13 SELANNE (5) Assists: 38 Kunitz, 19 McDonald

13:40 - ANA PENALTY - 27 S. Niedermayer - 2:00 HOLDING THE STICK

15:50 - COL PENALTY - 19 Sakic - 2:00 HOOKING

20:00 - SHOTS ON GOAL ANA 14-24, COL 10-25

3RD PERIOD

0:00 - PLAY UNDERWAY

6:07 - ANA GOAL - 76 PENNER (1) Assists: 22 Marchant, 15 Lupul

13:24 - COL PENALTY - 38 Dowd - 2:00 HOLDING + 10:00 MISCONDUCT

18:22 - ANA GOAL - EN - 22 MARCHANT Unassisted

20:00 - SHOTS ON GOAL ANA 10-34, COL 16-41

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