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Giguere gets Wild in net for shutout

WESTERN CONFERENCE Anaheim's goaltender is the first in modern NHL history to record three consecutive shutouts in the next-to-last round of the league playoffs

AP , ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA

Anaheim Mighty Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere keeps his eyes on the puck during the third period of Game 3 of the NHL play-offs Western Conference Final against the Minnesota Wild in Anaheim, California on Wednesday. Giguere made NHL history with his third consecutive shutout of the series as the Ducks took a 3-0 lead in the series.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 35 saves for his third straight shutout and Paul Kariya scored twice as Anaheim beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 Wednesday for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

The Ducks, a stunning 11-2 in the playoffs, can sweep Minnesota with a victory Friday in Anaheim.

Playing in his first postseason, Giguere extended his sensational run by becoming the first goaltender in modern league history to record three consecutive shutouts in the next-to-last round of the playoffs.

The 25-year-old goaltender's scoreless streak reached 213 minutes, 17 seconds, going back to the third period of the Ducks' clinching Game 6 victory over Dallas.

The playoff record is 248:32 by Detroit's Normie Smith way back in 1936.

Giguere, who has four shutouts in the playoffs, has stopped 98 Minnesota shots in the conference finals. He became the first goalie to open a series with three straight shutouts since Toronto's Frank McCool against Detroit in 1945.

In Anaheim's first one-sided win of the postseason, Steve Rucchin scored 4:59 into the game, then the Ducks took control with a three-goal flurry in the second period.

Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire, who has alternated goaltenders through the playoffs, pulled Dwayne Roloson after the Ducks scored their third goal. Manny Fernandez gave up another goal shortly afterward.

Roloson allowed three goals while facing 16 shots.

Kariya made it 2-0 with his slap shot from the slot after Adam Oates fed him a perfect pass from behind the net. Stanislav Chistov scored four minutes later when he wristed a back-hander past Roloson.

Kariya scored his second goal of the game and team-high fifth of the playoffs just 1:35 later with a baseball-like swing after the puck bounced off Fernandez's pads into the air just to the goalie's left.

Officials reviewed the play and determined Kariya's stick was not above the crossbar.

Oates and Petr Sykora assisted on both of Kariya's goals.

Only two teams have come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series: The 1975 New York Islanders rallied to beat Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals, and the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs came back to beat Detroit in the Stanley Cup finals.

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