CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks made it a clean
sweep for the underdogs in the first round of the Western
Bryzgalov stopped 22 shots and the Mighty Ducks eliminated the
defending West champion Calgary Flames with a 3-0 victory in Game 7
on Wednesday night.
None of the top four seeds in the West made it out of the first
"I'm so proud of these guys," Selanne said of his team, which
had six rookies in the lineup for the clinching game. "Not many
people in the hockey world believed we could win this series."
The sixth-seeded Ducks will face the seventh-seeded Colorado
Avalanche in the second round of the playoffs with the first game
Friday night in Anaheim, Calif. Eighth-seeded Edmonton plays
fifth-seeded San Jose in the other West semifinal.
"To come here and win in the seventh game is pretty exciting,"
Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer said. "This is a tough
building to win in."
It hasn't been all that tough in Game 7s. The Flames have lost
the last four Game 7s played in Calgary, the last coming in 1995.
"Disappointing doesn't even begin to describe the feeling,"
Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr said. "All the hard work put in by
the guys through the entire regular season to get home-ice
advantage. And we don't come out and take advantage of that
situation in Game 7."
Selanne's third goal of the series came at 5:12 of the second
Breaking down the left side against Flames defenseman Jordan
Leopold, Selanne fired a 30-foot wrist shot just inside the near
post past Miikka Kiprusoff, who appeared to be screened on the play
"We were flat today and we didn't play with as much confidence
as we should have," Calgary captain Jarome Iginla.
The Ducks made it 2-0 in the final minute of the second taking
advantage of a turnover by Calgary defenseman Roman Hamrlik.
From behind his net, Hamrlik tried to clear the puck up the
middle but it was intercepted at the blue line by Vitali
Vishnevski. Vishnevski quickly slid the puck over to Salei, whose
rising slap shot found the top corner.
"They outworked us and that's sad to say," Flames defenseman
Rhett Warrener said. "Our team has always prided ourselves on
being the hardest working team, but I don't think this series we
proved that. They proved that they were willing to pay a bigger
price and tonight it showed."
Jeff Friesen cemented the victory with an empty-net goal at
Selanne said he's expecting a difficult go for Anaheim in the
"It's going to be tougher and tougher," he said of the
Avalanche. "It will be a hard battle."
After starting the series opener, Bryzgalov spent the next four
games on the bench as Jean-Sebastien Giguere returned from a lower
However, Giguere struggled despite winning two of his four
starts and Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle went back to Bryzgalov for
the sixth game.
The only goal he gave up in Anaheim's 2-1 win was Stephane
Yelle's goal 10:18 into the first period. The 25-year-old Russian
shut out Calgary the final 109 minutes, 42 seconds of the series.
"An unbelievable job," Selanne said. "Games 6 and 7, this was
Bryzgalov's show and that's what winning takes."
Calgary got off to a spirited start, getting the game's first
four shots and generating early pressure on the young Ducks defense
However, Anaheim settled down, especially defensively. In the
second, Anaheim went nearly 13 minutes before surrendering its
first shot on goal, which came at the tail end of the Flames' third
power-play of the game. At the time, Anaheim still did not have a
Calgary finished 0-for-4 with the extra man while Anaheim was
Rookie Calgary D Dion Phaneuf was on the ice for both goals
against and finished a series-worst minus-7 . . . Calgary dropped
to 5-6 in Game 7s, including losses in five of its last six. ...
Yelle appeared in his 10th game seven, which ties him with Greg De
Vries for the most among active players . . . Including two
meetings in the final week of the regular season, Calgary and
Anaheim met nine times in a span of 23 days.
- Jay Sharrers
- Greg Devorski