Anaheim at Colorado 10:00 pm EDT
Western Conference semifinals Mighty Ducks lead, 3-0
DENVER (Ticker) -- After a pair of shutouts against the Colorado
Avalanche, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim proved they can also win
Anaheim looks to move on to the Western Conference final for the
second time in four years Thursday by completing a sweep of the
The Mighty Ducks were the surprise story of the 2003 playoffs,
sweeping Detroit and Minnesota en route to the Western
Conference championship before losing to New Jersey in the
Stanley Cup final.
This year, sixth-seeded Anaheim needed seven games to eliminate
the Calgary Flames in an emotional series before outscoring
Colorado, 8-0, in the first two wins of the next round.
Joffrey Lupul set a franchise playoff record with all four goals
for the Mighty Ducks, including the game-winner in overtime of
Tuesday's 4-3 triumph. He has seven postseason tallies this
After three consecutive shutouts, Ilya Bryzgalov had his playoff
scoreless streak stopped at 249 minutes, 15 seconds - the
second-longest in history - when Dan Hinote scored his first
postseason goal late in the opening period.
Colorado is looking to avoid being swept for the first time
since 1986 when the franchise was known as the Quebec Nordiques
and were beaten by the Hartford Whalers in a best of five
If Game Five is necessary, it will be played Sunday in Anaheim.