ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Ducks set a club playoff record with four second period goals and rookie netminder Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 29 shots for his second consecutive shutout as Anaheim defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-0 in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Friday night at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim.
Anaheim takes a 1-0 series lead with Game 2 to be played Sunday at noon at the Pond.
“We played pretty well tonight and got the first game,” said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer. “But obviously you need four to win a series. It doesn’t matter if we won this one 1-0 or the way we did. That’s not going to change anything.”
Coming off of their quarterfinals Game 7 defeat of the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, the Ducks picked up where they left off in that contest. From the opening face off the Ducks seemed grateful for the open ice afforded them by the Avs in contrast to the grinding style that Calgary displayed in the first series.
“I thought we had lots of energy, which was a positive sign for our group,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. “We were able to turn the page on what happened in the last series and refocus and re-energize ourselves.”
After a scoreless first period where the Ducks out-shot Colorado 14-4, Samuel Pahlsson (2, Friesen, R. Niedermayer) tallied for his second goal of the playoffs at 2:38 of the second. Prior to the goal, rookie defenseman Francois Beauchemin collided with Andrew Brunette skating through the neutral zone. The hit sent the Ducks in the other direction and into the Avalanche zone. Pahlsson was set up for a one-timer by Jeff Friesen and the Ducks had a 1-0 lead.
“Physically they were stronger and they wanted more pucks than we did,” said Avs defenseman Rob Blake. “They dominated pretty much all facets of the game. We’ve got to compete more.”
Chris Kunitz (2, Beauchemin, Selanne) gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead at 10:24 of the second period. With Anaheim once again buzzing inside in the Avs end, Beauchemin fired a slap shot on Jose Theodore. Kunitz cleaned up the rebound for his second goal of the postseason.
The Ducks completed another perfect neutral zone transition in the closing minute of the period. Kunitz fed Teemu Selanne off the wall just outside the Avalanche zone. Selanne (4, Kunitz) streaked between the Colorado defense and flicked a backhand over the Theodore’s shoulder to give the Ducks a 3-0 lead at 19:05 of the second period.
With Avs’ Alex Tanguay in the box for a trip at 19:13, Joffrey Lupul (2, Selanne, Beauchemin) scored on the power play at 19:55 for his second goal of the playoffs and the Ducks’ fourth of the period.
Anaheim’s Travis Moen (1, Getzlaf) capped the Ducks’ scoring with his first of the playoffs at 11:07 of the third period and Bryzgalov endured 14 Colorado shots to get the shutout.
“I’m very proud of the guys being able to jump right away into a new series and play so well tonight,” said Selanne. “That’s a great sign for this team. But now we need to start pushing for the next one.”
NOTES: …The Ducks have scored 10 unanswered goals, dating back to Game 6 (May 1) versus Calgary in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.…Bryzgalov is the first rookie to record consecutive shutouts in the playoffs since 1945. The last rookie goaltender to post consecutive shutouts in the postseason was Toronto’s Frank McCool in April of 1945…Selanne has a seven-game point scoring streak (4-5=9). His three points (1-2=3) tonight ties a playoff single-game career high (done four times previously). His two assists also ties a career high (done twice previously)… The five goals in the contest ties a club record for most goals scored in a playoff game. The only other time the Ducks scored five goals was in the Stanley Cup Finals versus New Jersey (Game 6, June 6, 2003).
Andy McDonald and the Ducks face off against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals tonight at 7 PM at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim.
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The Ducks advanced to the second round of the NHL playoffs on Wednesday night with a 3-0 Game 7 victory over the Calgary Flames.
0:00 - SCRATCHES: ANA - D 6 Marshall, RW 17 Hedstrom, 61 RW Perry COL - D 2 Finger, D 6 Boughner, LW 10 May, C 11 McCormick, C 87 Turgeon
0:00 - STARTERS: ANA - G 30 Bryzgalov, RW 13 Selanne, C 10 McDonald, LW 38 Kunitz, D 23 Beauchemin, D 27 S. Niedermayer COL - G 60 Theodore, RW 23 Hejduk, C 19 Sakic, LW 15 Brunette, D 26 Liles, D 4 Blake
0:00 - PLAY UNDERWAY
2:36 - ANA PENALTY - 5 Vishnevski - 2:00 INTERFERENCE
6:23 - COL PENALTY - 8 Wolski - 2:00 TRIPPING
14:52 - COL PENALTY - 5 Clark - 2:00 HOOKING
20:00 - SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA-14, COL 4
0:00 - PLAY UNDERWAY
2:38 - ANA GOAL - 26 PAHLSSON (1) Assist: 12 Friesen (1), 44 R. Niedermayer (2)
3:19 - ANA PENALTY - 24 Salei - 2:00 INTERFERENCE
10:24 - ANA GOAL - 38 KUNITZ (1) Assist: 23 Beauchemin (4), 13 Selanne (4)
16:17 - COL PENALTY - 12 Richardson - 2:00 Roughing
16:17 - ANA PENALTY - 22 Marchant - 2:00 Roughing
16:17 - ANA PENALTY - 33 DiPenta - 2:00 Hooking
19:05 - ANA GOAL - 13 SELANNE (4) Assist: 38 Kunitz (3)
19:54 - ANA GOAL - 15 LUPUL (2) Assists: 13 Selanne (5), 23 Beauchemin (5)
20:00 - COL PENALTY - 14 Laperriere - 2:00 INSTIGATING + 5:00 FIGHTING + 10:00 GAME MISCONDUCT
20:00 - ANA PENALTY - 32 Moen - 5:00 FIGHTING
20:00 - SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 12-26, COL 11-15
0:00 - PLAY UNDERWAY
0:19 - ANA PENALTY - 15 Lupul - 2:00 INTERFERENCE
4:54 - ANA PENALTY - 13 Selanne - 2:00 TRIPPING
11:07 - ANA GOAL - 32 MOEN (1) Assist: 51 Getzlaf (2)
17:57 - COL PENALTY - 13 Hinote 2:00 INTERFERENCE
20:00 - COL PENALTY - 13 Hinote 5:00 CHARGING + 10:00 MISCONDUCT + GAME MISCONDUCT
20:00 - ANA 8-34, COL 14-29