Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Tuesday, November 18th
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Game 2: Friday, December 19th
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Game 3: Tuesday, January 13th
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Game 4: Friday, January 30th
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Ducks 1

(7-7-4, 19 pts)

Avalanche 2

(11-5-1, 24 pts)

8:00 PM ET, November 18, 2003

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

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ANA 0 0 1 01
COL 0 0 1 12

A. Foote (Avalanche - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Giguere (Ducks - G): Saves: 38, Save Pct.: .950

D. Aebischer (Avalanche - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: .960

Winger's OT goal plucks Ducks

DENVER (AP) -- For the second time in a week, Teemu Selanne punished one of his former teams.

Selanne scored with 1:49 left in overtime, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Tuesday night.

Selanne had the winning goal against another of his former teams, San Jose, in a 4-3 victory last Tuesday night.

"It's a great feeling to score against your old team," said Selanne, who played parts of six seasons (1996-2001) with Anaheim.

"There is still a special feeling. A lot of my friends are still there. So it's not really revenge. There are a lot of things to think about when you play against your ex-team. You get too emotional. I tried to think about it as a normal game."

Selanne took a pass from Rob Blake and beat goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the slot for the winner.

"The pass from Blake was great," Selanne said, "and so was the play by Niko [Andrei Nikolishin] to keep the puck in.

"What a relief. I had missed a great scoring chance in the second period. I haven't had much luck scoring so far. I know the chances have to go in sooner or later."

It was Selanne's fifth goal of the season.

Blake said he turned the corner and looked left.

"I knew there was somebody over there," he said. "I didn't know who it was. But when you put it on his stick, you know it's going to be in the net. He's hungry. You will see him put a lot of those in."

Colorado's Adam Foote and Anaheim's Vaclav Prospal scored just 1:26 apart late in the third period to send the game into overtime.

Colorado's David Aebischer had 24 saves and took over the NHL lead in wins with 10. Giguere had 38 saves.

The loss snapped Anaheim's three-game winning streak.

The Avalanche were without two of their top forwards -- Peter Forsberg and former Anaheim star Paul Kariya -- because of injuries.

"I thought Aebischer made a lot of good saves, but Giguere was phenomenal," Mighty Ducks coach Mike Babcock said. "Any way you look at it, he stole us a point."

Colorado, 6-0-1-1 in its last eight games, outshot Anaheim 10-8 in the scoreless first period. Giguere nearly made a mistake early in the game, coming far out of the goal to play the puck and barely beating Joe Sakic to it.

Giguere also had a nice sequence of saves, stopping Sakic and then Milan Hejduk on a rebound.

The second period also was scoreless -- despite Colorado's 15-5 advantage in shots and a number of good scoring chances by both teams.

Hejduk hit the post after a turnover in the Anaheim end on an Avalanche power play early in the period.

After Giguere stopped Alex Tanguay on a breakaway, Selanne just missed an open net on a shot that slid behind Giguere through the crease.

Aebischer later made a sprawling save without his stick on a shot by Rob Niedermayer.

Foote put Colorado ahead 1-0 with a shot from the right point at 14:21 of the third period. Prospal countered from the slot after Petr Sykora stole the puck in the Colorado end.

Game notes


Forsberg missed his fourth straight game and seventh out of nine because of a groin/abdominal injury. ... Kariya remained sidelined with a sprained right wrist and failed to play against the team he played for in nine seasons. ... Anaheim defenseman Kurt Sauer missed his fourth straight game because of a sprained ankle. ... The Mighty Ducks wore their third (black) jerseys.

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