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Ducks amok

Anaheim advances with first-round sweep of Detroit

Posted: Thursday April 17, 2003 1:41 AM
Updated: Thursday April 17, 2003 3:30 AM
  Kirk Maltby, Curtis Joseph Kirk Maltby consoles Curtis Joseph while the Mighty Ducks celebrate their series win in the background. Jeff Gross/Getty Images/NHLI

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere could hardly believe it.

Giguere again was outstanding in goal, and Steve Rucchin scored 6:53 into overtime Wednesday night as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 to sweep the defending Stanley Cup champions out of the playoffs.

"If you would have asked me at the beginning of the series about a sweep, I would have said, 'No,'" said Giguere, who stopped 32 shots in the Game 4 victory.

In his first NHL playoffs, Giguere faced 171 shots and had 165 saves in the Western Conference series, a 1.24 goals-against average against the high-scoring Red Wings.

The Ducks might have to wait as long as a week before beginning the second round against Dallas, St. Louis or Vancouver.

Anaheim's sweep of the Red Wings was payback: The Ducks' only two previous appearances, Detroit beat them in four games, in the second round in 1997 and the first round in 1999.

"They are a great team, and it's a good feeling to finally beat them," said Paul Kariya, who scored a first-period goal that tied the game 1-1.

Jason Krog scored with 15:25 left in the third period to give the Ducks the lead, but Sergei Fedorov's goal with 2:15 left in regulation sent the game into overtime.

Anaheim won the first game of the series 2-1 in triple overtime, and each of the four victories was by one goal.

With new coach Dave Lewis, a former assistant, and new goalie Curtis Joseph, the Red Wings became only the second defending Stanley Cup champions to be swept the following year in a four-game opening series.

In 1952, Detroit upset the 1951 champion Toronto Maple Leafs and went on to win the Cup.

"We just did not get it done, not one game," Lewis said. "Their team played hard. One guy [Giguere] did not beat us; he was the difference, but their team beat us."

The Red Wings' Darren McCarty said, "We just couldn't get that goal when we needed it. We're just all in shock."

Rucchin scored his first goal of the series with a one-timer from 10 feet after defenseman Keith Carney centered the puck from behind the net.

"The hockey gods reward the hardest workers and Rucchin worked the hardest this series and he deserved the goal," Anaheim rookie coach Mike Babcock said.

Rucchin credited Carney for setting up the winning goal.

"It was just a great play by Keith Carney all the way," Rucchin said. "It was a perfect pass."

Carney said, "The puck was on the side of the net and I saw it just sitting there. I had a lot of time. I saw the scramble in front and just wanted to throw it out, and Rucchin was there."

Detroit's Joseph gave up three goals on 27 shots.

Fedorov's first goal of the series and 50th of his playoff career came on a deflection, with the puck bouncing off Niclas Havelid and into the net past Giguere. The Anaheim goalie also had almost no chance on Detroit's other score, by Henrik Zetterberg on a two-man breakaway at 13:23 of the first period.

The goals were the second of the series for both Krog and Kariya. Grog scored the tying goal late in the Ducks' 3-2 win in Game 2. Kariya had the winner in Anaheim's 2-1, triple-overtime victory in the opening game.

Zetterberg gave the Red Wings a short-lived 1-0 lead at 13:23 of the opening period, but Kariya tied it just 1:45 later, beating Joseph at close range.

Adam Oates controlled the puck near the red line, skated into the Ducks' zone and made a perfect pass to Kariya, who broke behind the defense and beat Joseph high on the stick side from close range at 15:08 of the opening period.

Brett Hull set up Zetterberg's goal, stealing the puck near the top of the left circle, quickly skating toward the right post, then feeding Zetterberg with a tap across the crease. Zetterberg flipped the puck into the upper left corner of the net for his first goal of the series.

Notes: The Ducks' only previous series win in the postseason was in 1997, when they beat the Phoenix Coyotes in seven games before being swept by Detroit in the second round. ... Detroit has been swept in a four-game playoff series eight times in club history. ... Hull, who has 716 career regular-season goals; Steve Yzerman, with 660, and Luc Robitaille, who has 631, accounted for only one goal in the series against Anaheim -- Robitaille's score in Detroit's 3-2 loss in Game 2. The trio combined for 20 goals, 10 by Hull, in the postseason last year.

Defending Champions' Playoff Performance
Year  Team  Last Series 
2003  Detroit Red Wings  Conference Quarterfinals 
2002  Colorado Avalanche  Conference Finals  
2001  New Jersey Devils  Stanley Cup Finals  
2000  Dallas Stars  Stanley Cup Finals  
1999  Detroit Red Wings  Conference Semifinals  
1998  Detroit Red Wings  Won Stanley Cup  
1997  Colorado Avalanche  Conference Finals  
1996  New Jersey Devils  Out of Playoffs  
1995  New York Rangers  Conference Semifinals  
1994  Montreal Canadiens  Conference Quarterfinals  
1993  Pittsburgh Penguins  Division Finals  
1992  Pittsburgh Penguins  Won Stanley Cup  
1991  Edmonton Oilers  Conference Finals  
1990  Calgary Flames  Division Semifinals  
1989  Edmonton Oilers  Division Finals  
1988  Edmonton Oilers  Won Stanley Cup  
1987  Montreal Canadiens  Conference Finals  
1986  Edmonton Oilers  Division Finals  
1985  Edmonton Oilers  Won Stanley Cup  
1984  New York Islanders  Stanley Cup Finals  
1983  New York Islanders  Won Stanley Cup  
1982  New York Islanders  Won Stanley Cup  
1981  New York Islanders  Won Stanley Cup  
1980  Montreal Canadiens  Quarterfinals  
1979  Montreal Canadiens  Won Stanley Cup  
1978  Montreal Canadiens  Won Stanley Cup  
1977  Montreal Canadiens  Won Stanley Cup  
1976  Philadelphia Flyers  Stanley Cup Finals  
1975  Philadelphia Flyers  Won Stanley Cup  
1974  Montreal Canadiens  Quarterfinals  
1973  Boston Bruins  Quarterfinals  
1972  Montreal Canadiens  Quarterfinals  
1971  Boston Bruins  Quarterfinals  
1970  Montreal Canadiens  Out of Playoffs  
1969  Montreal Canadiens  Won Stanley Cup  
1968  Toronto Maple Leafs  Out of Playoffs  
1967  Montreal Canadiens  Stanley Cup Finals  
1966  Montreal Canadiens  Won Stanley Cup  
1965  Toronto Maple Leafs  Semifinals  
1964  Toronto Maple Leafs  Won Stanley Cup  
1963  Toronto Maple Leafs  Won Stanley Cup  
1962  Chicago Black Hawks  Stanley Cup Finals  
1961  Montreal Canadiens  Semifinals  
1960  Montreal Canadiens  Won Stanley Cup  
1959  Montreal Canadiens  Won Stanley Cup  
1958  Montreal Canadiens  Won Stanley Cup  
1957  Montreal Canadiens  Won Stanley Cup  
1956  Detroit Red Wings  Stanley Cup Finals  
1955  Detroit Red Wings  Won Stanley Cup  
1954  Montreal Canadiens  Stanley Cup Finals  
1953  Detroit Red Wings  Semifinals  
1952  Toronto Maple Leafs  Semifinals  
1951  Detroit Red Wings  Semifinals  
1950  Toronto Maple Leafs  Semifinals  
1949  Toronto Maple Leafs  Won Stanley Cup  
1948  Toronto Maple Leafs  Won Stanley Cup  
1947  Montreal Canadiens  Stanley Cup Finals  
1946  Toronto Maple Leafs  Out of Playoffs  
1945  Montreal Canadiens  Semifinals  
1944  Detroit Red Wings  Semifinals  
1943  Toronto Maple Leafs  Semifinals  
1942  Boston Bruins  Semifinals  
1941  New York Rangers  Quarterfinals  
1940  Boston Bruins  Semifinals  
1939  Chicago Black Hawks  Out of Playoffs  
1938  Detroit Red Wings  Out of Playoffs  
1937  Detroit Red Wings  Won Stanley Cup  
1936  Montreal Maroons  Quarterfinals  
1935  Chicago Black Hawks  Quarterfinals  
1934  New York Rangers  Quarterfinals  
1933  Toronto Maple Leafs  Stanley Cup Final  
1932  Montreal Canadiens  Semifinals  
1931  Montreal Canadiens  Won Stanley Cup  
1930  Boston Bruins  Stanley Cup Finals  
1929  New York Rangers  Stanley Cup Finals  
1928  Ottawa Senators  Quarterfinals  
1927  Montreal Maroons  Quarterfinals  
1926  Victoria Cougars  Stanley Cup Final  
1925  Montreal Canadiens  Stanley Cup Final  
1924  Ottawa Senators  NHL Finals  
1923  Toronto St. Pats  Out of Playoffs  
1922  Ottawa Senators  NHL Finals  
1921  Ottawa Senators  Won Stanley Cup  
1920  No Winner Previous Year  N/A  
1919  Toronto Arenas  Out of Playoffs  
1918  Seattle Metropolitans  N/A  
 

 
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