Series (Game 3 of 4)

Anaheim leads 2-1

Game 1: Sunday, November 30th
Game 2: Friday, January 23rd
Game 3: Wednesday, March 3rd
Game 4: Sunday, March 28th

Wild 0

(21-26-2, 61 pts)

Ducks 2

(24-26-8, 65 pts)

10:30 PM ET, March 3, 2004

Honda Center, Anaheim, California

1 2 3 T
MIN 0 0 00
ANA 0 1 12

J. Giguere (Ducks - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: 1.000

S. Pahlsson (Ducks - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

R. Niedermayer (Ducks - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Minnesota (21-25-17-2) at Anaheim (23-26-9-9) 10:30 pm EST

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Minnesota Wild were surprises last year when they reached the Western Conference finals.

On Wednesday, they both try to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive when they meet at Arrowhead Pond.

Last year, Anaheim rode the dominant goaltending of Jean-Sebastien Giguere and swept Minnesota before losing in seven games to the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Giguere, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy last year, is 13-25-5 with a 2.64 goals-against average. But he has won two of his last three starts after Sunday's 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Sergei Fedorov, who did not miss the playoffs in any of his 13 seasons in Detroit, scored two goals and set up another and Giguere made 41 saves.

Anaheim is 11th in the West, nine points behind the Kings for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Minnesota is two points behind Anaheim and halted a three-game losing streak with Sunday's 3-3 tie against the Carolina Hurricanes. Andrei Zyuzin and Marian Gaborik scored 31 seconds apart in the third period to give the Wild the lead, but Manny Fernandez gave up a goal to Ron Francis with 4:15 left in regulation.

Wild right wing Alexandre Daigle has 12 assists in the last 11 games.

The Ducks and Wild skated to a 1-1 tie in Minnesota on November 30. On January 23, Vaclav Prospal recorded his first career hat trick and defenseman Niclas Havelid added four assists as the Ducks erupted for a team-record five third-period goals en route to a 6-2 home win over the Wild.