Giguere makes 63 saves, sets debut record


DETROIT (AP) -- With the kind of playoff debut Jean-Sebastien Giguere had, there might not be any goaltending records beyond his

And he did it against the defending Stanley Cup champions, no

Giguere made 63 saves, an NHL best for a first postseason game,
and Paul Kariya scored 3:18 into the third overtime, giving the
Anaheim Mighty Ducks a 2-1 victory Thursday night over the Detroit
Red Wings.

"I was nervous before the game, but I used that nervousness to
get me going," Giguere said. "I turned those emotions into a
positive thing."

Did he ever.

Giguere, 25, set the saves record thanks in part to making 20
stops in the first overtime, another record. No goalie had faced 20
shots in an extra period since the NHL expanded during the 1967-68

"It was a lot of fun," he said. "It was a great experience
for me, and a lot of the guys in this room."

Giguere kept the Red Wings frustrated until Kariya picked up a
rebound in the slot and fired home a wrist shot.

"There's nothing like a goal to give you a bit of energy,"
Kariya said.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven first-round series is Saturday
afternoon in Detroit.

Toronto's Jiri Crha held the record for most saves in a playoff
debut with 61 on April 8, 1980.

"Well, I don't think you could have a better debut, that's for
sure," Detroit coach Dave Lewis said. "He won a playoff game
playing in this building, which is huge for them, and he was
probably the biggest reason why."

Detroit's Brendan Shanahan and Anaheim's Adam Oates scored in
the first period, then the teams went 44:27 without a goal to force

The Red Wings have a chance to be regarded as a dynasty. If they
repeat, they would have four Stanley Cups in seven years and would
be the NHL's most successful team since Edmonton won five titles
over seven seasons from 1984-90.

Detroit is making its 13th straight playoff appearance and 52nd
overall in 77 years. The Mighty Ducks, who began play in 1993, are
in the postseason for the third time.

The other times Anaheim was in the playoffs, it was swept by
Detroit: in the first round in 1999, the second round in 1997. But
the Mighty Ducks pushed Detroit to six overtime periods in '97 --
and the only team that could sweep this year's series is Anaheim.

"Bottom line is they put the one in that had to go in,"
Detroit's Darren McCarty said. "That's the way playoffs work."

Detroit lost the first two games of the playoffs last season at
home to Vancouver before winning the next four, and later its 10th
Stanley Cup.

Detroit's Curtis Joseph made 42 saves Thursday. His playoff
record is 58-59.

"It was a lengthy game with lots of chances," Joseph said.

Giguere's glove save on McCarty's slap shot with just under
seven minutes left in regulation kept it tied, as did Joseph's kick
save on Kariya's shot with a minute to go.

Giguere made eight saves in the first six minutes of overtime
before Detroit -- and the sellout crowd at Joe Louis Arena -- thought
the Wings had won at 9:21. But Luc Robitaille's shot ricocheted off
the crossbar and the post, a video replay concluded, even though
the goal light went on.

"On the Robitaille shot, I wasn't sure until I looked at the
post and saw the puck mark," Giguere said. "Sometimes, you just
get lucky."

Shanahan scored a power-play goal at 4:15 of the first period.
His one-timer from the lower left circle came on a cross-crease
pass from Tomas Holmstrom, who received a pass from Igor Larionov
along the right boards.

Oates tied the game at 15:33 of the first period.

Kurt Sauer's shot from above the right circle was redirected by
Mike Leclerc in front, leaving Oates an open net.

Game notes
During the national anthem, an octopus was thrown on the
ice _ a playoff tradition in Detroit. ... Lewis and Anaheim's Mike
Babcock are rookie head coaches. ... Fredrik Olausson played 21
playoff games for Detroit last year, but he was a healthy scratch
for the Mighty Ducks. ... Larionov, at 41 years, 4 months, is the
oldest player in the NHL. Larionov had 10 goals and 33 assists this
season. ... The Mighty Ducks set franchise records this season with
40 wins and 95 points and posted the biggest point improvement in
the NHL -- 26 more than last year.