CALGARY, Alberta -- Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere
was scratched from the Mighty Ducks' playoff opener against the
Calgary Flames on Friday night because of an undisclosed injury
that occurred earlier in the week.
Giguere, the 2003 playoff MVP when the Ducks made a surprising
run to the Stanley Cup finals, practiced earlier Friday but didn't
take part in the pregame warmup and wasn't in the lineup. All the
team would say is that Giguere had a lower-body injury and was day
"You guys have heard it so many times I'm sure you're sick of
it," coach Randy Carlyle said after Anaheim lost 2-1 in overtime.
Carlyle added that Giguere was hurt during practice a couple of
Ilya Bryzgalov started in Giguere's place and was backed up by
Nathan Marsters, who was recalled from Portland of the AHL.
"I was so excited, because I wait for this chance for five
years," said Bryzgalov, who stopped 28 shots in the loss.
"Everyone wants to play in the playoffs because it's a good
occasion to learn something new. It's pretty tough. I think it's
made me a better goalie. I'm not nervous. I feel pretty cool."
Bryzgalov looked comfortable and stymied the Flames on several
chances. It took Darren McCarty's overtime goal to finally put
Bryzgalov and the Ducks away.
"I thought he provided us with a level of goaltending that gave
us a chance to win," Carlyle said. "That's a pressure situation
for a young goaltender to go into, not expecting that he was going
to start. We had a pretty good idea a couple days ago that he would
start. He is quite capable of carrying the mail."
Giguere made 29 saves Monday night against Calgary when Anaheim
won 4-3 in the regular-season finale that served as a playoff
preview. He went 30-15-11 with a 2.66 goals-against average this
season as the Ducks finished third in the Pacific Division with
franchise highs of 43 victories and 98 points.
Bryzgalov was 13-12-1 while backing up Giguere. Marsters has
never played in an NHL game.
"All the games he played in the regular season, he did his job
well," Teemu Selanne, the team's leading regular-season scorer,
said of Bryzgalov. "We have lots of confidence in him, too. That's
a good sign."