Down 3-1, Ducks clings to hope against Oilers

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- With a bit of Jiggy and a bit of
juggling, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks are still going in the Western
Conference finals.

As the Oilers threatened to sweep, Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle
made a goalie switch -- going back to Jean-Sebastien Giguere -- and
did some line-mixing. Both worked, with the Ducks taking a 6-3
victory in Edmonton on Thursday to bring the series back to Anaheim
for Game 5 on Saturday night.

"We're in a situation if we lose another hockey game, our
season is over. All we can do is try to build on the positives,"
Carlyle said Friday.

The Ducks are still on the brink, down 3-1 and facing the long
odds of becoming only the third team in NHL history to win a
playoff series after losing the first three games.

They're certainly feeling better about themselves, though, after
scoring nine goals against Dwayne Roloson and the Oilers in the
last four periods, ending a losing streak in Edmonton that
stretched back to 1999, and halting Edmonton's seven-game playoff
winning string.

"Scoring the nine goals has given us confidence that we can
score," Carlyle said. "There was an aura about their goaltending
situation, that we weren't able to score. But we found a way to get
pucks by them, and we've worked hard in a lot of areas. It's not
just that one area."

Along with putting Giguere back in the net, Carlyle used
different line combinations in Game 4 to give a different look to
the offense.

"Things weren't going our way on the offensive side, so it's
the coach's responsibility to try to change things," Carlyle said.
"In the situation we were presented, we felt that it was necessary
to move some people around."

Giguere, the playoff MVP during the Ducks' run to the Stanley
Cup finals in 2003, played just well enough in the Game 4 victory.
He gave up three goals on the first nine shots he faced, but then
stopped Edmonton's last 14.

Although Carlyle wouldn't say Friday whether Giguere or Ilya
Bryzgalov would be in goal for Game 5, Giguere figures to get the

Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer said it was good to see
Giguere step up, especially since he was gracious after being

"He's handled it very well," he said. "It's a tough
situation, a guy who's been around and had to step aside while the
other goalie was out there.

"To see him come in there and get a big win like that, it was
great to see all the guys behind him."

Giguere, who hadn't played since April 29, was happy to be back
in the thick of things.

"Playoffs are a lot of fun and you want to be a part of the big
games," said Giguere, who had lost the job to Bryzgalov during the
opening round against Calgary.

"When you score six goals, you should be able to get the win,"
Giguere said. "We know if we play our game and forecheck and
stuff, they're human just like us. They'll get tired, they'll make
mistakes, they'll take penalties.

"Their goaltender is human, after all."

Roloson faced 46 shots in Game 4, including 25 -- to Edmonton's
three -- in the first period.

"It was a learning experience for us," said Roloson, who
played despite having the flu-like symptoms that affected several
of his teammates during the week. "We sort of got a little
lackadaisical about the game. We just showed up, so it was a lesson
for us."

Roloson said he feels "100 percent, kept some food down and
some liquids down, so it's a great day."

Anaheim had trouble getting the puck past the Edmonton goalie in
the first two games, losing 3-1 both times. The Ducks finally
cranked up their offense late in the third game, but still lost

Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said the Oilers' loss should be a
wake-up call.

"When you're winning a number of games in a row, you can start
cutting corners and you get away with it," he said. "We had been
getting away with it, but that came to a painful conclusion.

"It's a good lesson for everybody, and we know that we
definitely have to do much better."

The only teams to come back from an 0-3 deficit and win an NHL
series were the Toronto Maple Leafs, in the 1942 finals, and the
New York Islanders in 1975.