Fri, May 05, 2006 - Page 22 News List

Ducks make clean sweep for the underdogs


The Calgary Flames' Kristian Huselius, left, Stephane Yelle, center, and Chris Simon watch the last seconds of game seven of the NHL Western Conference quarter final against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in Calgary on Wednesday. The Mighty Ducks beat the Flames 3-0 to advance to the second round.


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, 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.

None of the top four seeds in the West made it out of the first round.

The sixth-seeded Ducks will face the seventh-seeded Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the playoffs with the first game tonight in California.

Eighth-seeded Edmonton plays fifth-seeded San Jose in the other semifinal.

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.

Selanne's third goal of the series came at 5:12 of the second period.

Breaking down the left side against Flames defenseman Jordan Leopold, Selanne fired a 9m wrist shot just inside the near post past Miikka Kiprusoff, who appeared to be screened on the play by Leopold.

The Ducks made it 2-0 in the final minute of the second taking advantage of a turnover by Calgary defenceman 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. Jeff Friesen cemented the victory with an empty-net goal at 19:40.

New York Rangers defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh, who spent time this season in the NHL's substance abuse program, was arrested on Wednesday on a drunken driving charge, police said.

Ozolinsh was stopped on Tuesday in White Plains, where he was allegedly driving 106kph in a 64kph zone, police Inspector Daniel Jackson said.

A field sobriety test estimated the level of alcohol in Ozolinsh's blood at 0.17 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and released for a May 16 court appearance.

Ozolinsh was also issued summonses for speeding and driving without a seat belt.

His blue 2006 Nissan Altima was impounded.

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