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SEVENTH HEAVEN! Ducks Douse Flames in Game 7

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

CALGARY – Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 22 shots for his first career playoff shutout and Ruslan Salei added a goal and an assist to lead the Ducks over the Calgary Flames 3-0 in game seven of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

The Ducks will now face the Colorado Avalanche in the conference semifinals beginning Friday at 7 p.m. at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim.  Anaheim, the sixth seed in the conference, will have home ice advantage to begin round two.

After a scoreless first period in Calgary, Ducks winger Teemu Selanne (3, McDonald, Salei) walked through the left face-off circle and rifled a wrist shot past the blocker of Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff to give the Ducks a 1-0 at 5:12 of the second.  The goal was Selanne’s third of the playoffs.

With time winding down in the second, the Ducks struck again.  Salei (1, Vishnevski), who scored only one goal during the regular season, blasted a slap shot from the point at 19:01 to give the Ducks a two-goal advantage.

Salei’s tally silenced the boisterous 19,289 Flames fans in attendance at the Saddledome. 

Bryzgalov stopped nine third period shots to secure the shutout and Jeff Friesen (2, unassisted) added an empty net goal at 19:40 to seal the 3-0 victory for Anaheim.

Tickets for the conference semifinal series against the Avs go on sale Thursday at noon at the Arrowhead Pond Box Office, any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 714-703-2545 or by visiting MightyDucks.com.

GAME LOG:

1ST PERIOD:

0:00 - SCRATCHES - ANA D 6 Marshall, RW 17 Hedstrom, LW 32 Moen  CGY D 7 Marchment, LW 26 Nilson, LW 27 Leclerc, C 29 MacDonald, D 32 Hulse, D 46 Giordano

0:00 - STARTERS - ANA G 30 Bryzgalov, RW 13 Selanne, C 19 McDonald, LW 38 Kunitz, D 27 S. Niedermayer, D 23 Beauchemin  CGY - G 34 Kiprusoff, RW 12 Iginla, C 11 Yelle, LW 25 McCarty, D 6 Leopold, D 28 Regehr

0:00 - PLAY UNDERWAY

15:56 - ANA PENALTY - 44 R. Niedermayer - 2:00 HOLDING

18:20 - ANA PENALTY - 15 Lupul - 2:00 HIGH STICKING

20:00 - SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 10, CGY 10

2ND PERIOD:

0:00 - PLAY UNDERWAY

5:12 - ANA GOAL - 13 SELANNE (3) Assists: 19 McDonald (4), 24 Salei (2)

10:59 - ANA PENALTY - 15 Lupul - 2:00 HIGH STICKING

15:22 - CGY PENALTY - 44 Warrener - 2:00 HOLDING

19:01 - ANA GOAL - 24 SALEI (1) Assists: 5 Vishnevski (2)

20:00 - SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 11-21, CGY 3-13

3RD PERIOD:

0:00 - PLAY UNDERWAY

5:49 - ANA PENALTY - 19 McDonald - 2:00 ROUGHING

11:28 - CGY PENALTY - 16 Donovan - 2:00 HOLDING

11:28 - ANA PENALTY - 21 O'Donnell - 2:00 UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

13:04 - CGY PENALTY - 10 Amonte - 2:00 HOOKING

19:40 - ANA GOAL - EN - FRIESEN (2) Unassisted

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