ANA Wins series 4-3
43-27-12, 17-17-7 away
46-25-11, 30-7-4 home

Bryzgalov, Ducks blank Flames to take series

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks made it a clean

sweep for the underdogs in the first round of the Western

Conference playoffs.

Teemu Selanne and Ruslan Salei scored second-period goals, Ilya

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


Most Game 7 goals

Glenn Anderson


Wayne Gretzky


Wendel Clark


Jeff Friesen


Joe Nieuwendyk


Geoff Courtnall


Jari Kurri


Trevor Linden


Mark Messier


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

by Leopold.

"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

second round.

"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

body injury.

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

and Bryzgalov.

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

power play.

Calgary finished 0-for-4 with the extra man while Anaheim was

0-for-2.Game Notes
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.