Edmonton won 4-1 (Game 1 of 5)

Edmonton won 4-1

Game 1: Friday, May 19th
Game 2: Sunday, May 21st
Game 3: Tuesday, May 23rd
Game 4: Thursday, May 25th
Game 5: Saturday, May 27th

Oilers 3


Ducks 1


9:00 PM ET, May 19, 2006

Honda Center, Anaheim, California

1 2 3 T
EDM 1 1 13
ANA 1 0 01

T. Selanne (Ducks - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

D. Roloson (Oilers - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .969

A. McDonald (Ducks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Edmonton at Anaheim 9:00 pm EDT

Edmonton at Anaheim 9:00 pm EDT Western Conference finals Game One

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) - Anyone who says they predicted the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Edmonton Oilers would meet in the Western Conference finals is either a genius or a liar.

Most consecutive playoff wins,
rookie goalies since '67-'68
Player Wins
'06 Cam Ward, Carolina 7*
'06 Ilya Bryzgalov, Anaheim 6*
'86 Mike Vernon, Calgary 5
'80 Pete Peeters, Philadelphia 5
'75 Gary Inness, Pittsburgh 5
* Active Streaks

In one of the more surprising conference final matchups in NHL history, the sixth-seeded Mighty Ducks and eighth-seeded Oilers meet Friday in Game One of their best-of-seven series.

Anaheim and Edmonton each missed the playoffs last season, but both teams have more than made up for it this year.

The Mighty Ducks rallied from a 3-2 series deficit to oust the third-seeded Calgary Flames in the quarterfinals and then routed the seventh-seeded Colorado Avalanche in four straight contests to advance to this point.

However, along with Anaheim's sweep of Colorado comes an excess of rest. The Mighty Ducks have not played since May 11 but they do bring with them the experience of reaching this round in 2003, when goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere led them to the Stanley Cup finals.

This season, Ilya Bryzgalov is the star in net for the Mighty Ducks as the rookie posted three straight shutouts spanning their first two series and is 6-1 with a stunning 0.87 goals-against average in the playoffs.

One of the primary forces behind the Oilers' run has been Dwayne Roloson, who posted his first career shutout on Wednesday in a 2-0 triumph that eliminated the fifth-seeded San Jose Sharks in six games. Edmonton had lost the first two contests before winning the next four.

Michael Peca and Shawn Horcoff provided the offense for Edmonton, which became the first No. 8 seed to win two rounds since the league went to its current playoff format.

A big reason why the Oilers are in the conference finals for the first time since 1992 is their penalty killing. Edmonton held San Jose's potent power play to just 2-for-35 in the series, including 0-for-8 in the deciding contest.

The Oilers won all four meetings with the Ducks this season, with three of the matchups decided by two goals or fewer.

Game Two will be played here on Sunday.