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Joffrey's Night

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
DENVER, Colo. - To the folks in Denver he is Jeffrey.

Each time number fifteen in white scored one of his four goals, the Pepsi Center public address announcer would turn on his microphone and say:

"Mighty Ducks goal scored by number fifteen Jeffrey Lupul"

"They were calling me Jeffrey every time on the PA which I'm kind of used to," said Lupul.  "I said something when I was in the box in overtime.  I guess they didn't really hear it because after I scored in overtime it was still Jeffrey Lupul."

Regardless of what you call him, what Lupul did last night on the Pepsi Center ice is unheard of.

In fact, no player since Maurice "Rocket" Richard in 1944 has ever scored four or more goals in a playoff game with none of his teammates getting on the score sheet.  And, no player in the history of the game has ever done it and gotten the OT winner.

"It was a great night, one that I'll remember forever," said Lupul.  But it's over unfortunately so I've got to refocus and get ready for game four."

Lupul led all players with six shots on goal on Tuesday night - four of them finding the back of Jose Theodore's net.  

"I've always worked on my shot and I consider myself kind of a shooter," said Lupul.  "Those were the ones you dream of there.  Those were pretty perfect."

Lupul's opportunities in game three were born out of solid efforts by both of his linemates, rookie Dustin Penner and veteran Todd Marchant.

"(Lupul) was a benefactor of the combination of Marchant and the Penner kid dominating and controlling the puck in some situations," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.  "He made some great shots but those other two players were a major contributor to his success last night."

If Tuesday night's contest is any indication of what the Lupul-Marchant-Penner combination is capable of offensively, the Ducks may have found an important scoring alternative to the top line of Teemu Selanne, Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz.

"Four goals in the playoffs is unbelievable," said Selanne who owns 492 regular season and 22 playoff tallies in his career.

Selanne, a veteran of 59 NHL playoff games, likes to see scoring opportunities being afforded to his teammates even if it is at the expense of his own production as defenses key-in on his line.

"It gives a little more room for the other players, of course," said Selanne.  "And it's great to see that guys are taking advantage of that."

Lupul also knows the importance of his own offensive contributions as it relates to the success of his team in the postseason.

"That's our number one line and they've been great all year," said Lupul.  "I think my job is to try and take a little bit of pressure off of them.  For us to go a long way in the playoffs we're going to need contributions from everyone."

Lupul kicked a soccer ball around with teammates outside the Ducks locker room during Wednesday's optional skate as he prepared for an encore performance tomorrow night as the Ducks look to close out the Avs.

With his four goals last night, Lupul is now tied for second place in the playoff scoring list with seven goals.  And, if he can find his way back on the score sheet in game four, there is a good chance everyone in the rink will know the name Joffrey Lupul.

"They can call me whatever they want as long as they keep announcing goals."

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