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Anaheim won 4-0 (Game 2 of 4)

Anaheim won 4-0

Game 1: Friday, May 5th
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Game 2: Sunday, May 7th
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Game 3: Tuesday, May 9th
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Game 4: Thursday, May 11th
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3:00 PM ET, May 7, 2006

Honda Center, Anaheim, California

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Top Skaters

Colorado: I. Laperriere - 2 SOG, Even

Anaheim: T. Marchant - 2 A, 2 SOG, +2

Bryzgalov's third straight shutout lifts Ducks to 2-0 series lead

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Ilya Bryzgalov wasn't terribly impressed that he tied an NHL rookie record set in 1945.

"It's not a big deal for me. It's fun because we won the game," the Anaheim goalie said Sunday after he blanked Colorado in a 3-0 Mighty Ducks' victory for his third consecutive shutout of the playoffs.

Longest Playoff Shutout Sequence
Length Player Team Dates
270:08 George Hainsworth Montreal 3/28-4/3/30
248:35 Dave Kerr Rangers 3/25-4/6/37
248:32 Normie Smith Detroit 3/24-3/28/36
229:42 Ilya Bryzgalov Anaheim 5/1-Present
218:42 Gerry McNeil Montreal 3/27-3/31/51
217:54 J.S. Giguere Anaheim 5/5-5/16/03

The victory gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal that resumes in Colorado on Tuesday night.

Bryzgalov, who made 22 saves in the win, matched the record by Toronto's Frank McCool, who had three postseason shutouts in a row as a rookie against Detroit in 1945.

Bryzgalov supplanted 2003 playoffs MVP Jean-Sebastien Giguere as the Ducks' No. 1 goalie during the opening round against Calgary. The 25-year-old Russian shut out the Flames in Game 7, then blanked the Avalanche in Anaheim's series-opening 5-0 win.

"I don't even think he realizes," Anaheim's Teemu Selanne said of Bryzgalov's impressive string. "He's just a guy who goes out there and has fun and doesn't take any pressure or anything."

Selanne grinned and added, "So don't tell him."

Bryzgalov hasn't allowed a goal in 229 minutes, 42 seconds, longest ever by an NHL rookie in the postseason, and fourth longest for any goalie. George Hainsworth tops the list with a stretch of 270:08 in 1930. Giguere is sixth on the list with 217:54 scoreless minutes in 2003.

Bryzgalov has said reading philosophers such as Socrates and Plato has helped him put things in perspective, and that he feels no pressure in goal because hockey is, after all, a game.

"I concentrate for a game and help my team win the game," he said. "I always feel confident. Right now I feel confident because our team is playing well and they're giving me confidence."

Ryan Getzlaf opened the scoring in the first period, and Ruslan Salei and Joffrey Lupul added goals in the second.

The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Bryzgalov's play impressed Colorado's Ian Laperriere.

"He's a big kid. He made unbelievable saves when he had to, but if you put more quality shots on the net and more traffic, you'll have more chance to score," Laperriere said.

Dominating the second game almost as handily as they did the first, the Ducks outshot the Avalanche 35-22, and Colorado had only 10 shots until the final period.

"We had our best chances in the third period," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "We didn't generate a whole lot in the first two. We still need the puck more and more people getting in there, and we're having a hard time finding it right now."

He hopes returning home will change the momentum.

"It's exciting to get back and play in front of our fans on home ice. We've played well there all year," Quenneville said. "We've just got to get back there and grab the next game."

Bryzgalov took over for the Ducks when Giguere missed the first game of the opening playoffs with a lower body injury, then Giguere returned and was inconsistent, so the Russian got the job.

Although the Ducks' defense kept the pressure off the goalie most of the game, he made several fines saves, including reaching behind him to snare the puck on a close-range shot by Alex Tanguay.

Among his other saves was blocking Joe Sakic's shot from the slot on an Avalanche power play -- Colorado's first shot -- 12:55 into the game. Sakic got off another shot near the crease at 18:40 of the second period, but Bryzgalov turned that aside as well.

Colorado goalie Jose Theodore was considerably busier, making 32 saves.

Lupul made it 3-0 at 12:24 of the period after Salei had scored at 4:41. Salei got his second goal of the postseason on a slap shot from just inside the left point.

The Ducks expected the Avalanche to come out strongly early in the second game being outshot 14-4 in the first period of the lopsided loss in the opener. It didn't happen.

Colorado didn't get off a shot for the first 7:05, had only three in the first 15 minutes and was outshot 11-6 in the first period.

Finally, on a power play that began at 14:08 of the first period, the Avalanche managed two shots -- but so did the short-handed Ducks.

Game notes


The Ducks have scored 13 straight goals dating to Game 6 against Calgary. ... For the second game in a row, the Ducks skated and hit with much more energy than the Avalanche. Anaheim had just one day off between Game 7 against Calgary and Friday's second-round opener against Colorado. The Avalanche had been off since wrapping up their series against Dallas in Game 5 on Sunday. ... Anaheim RW Corey Perry missed his second game in a row because of a knee injury. ... Giguere had three consecutive shutouts and a total of six in the 2003 playoffs, when the Ducks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to New Jersey.

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