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Ducks stop Red Wings in 3OT

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published April 11, 2003

DETROIT -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere set a record for a playoff debut with 63 saves, and Paul Kariya scored 3:18 into the third overtime to give the Mighty Ducks a 2-1 victory Thursday night over the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings.

Giguere set the saves record thanks in part to making 20 in the first overtime. He kept the Red Wings frustrated until Kariya picked up a rebound in the slot and fired in a wrist shot.

Toronto's Jiri Crha held the record for most saves in a playoff debut with 61 on April 8, 1980.

Detroit's Brendan Shanahan and Anaheim's Adam Oates scored in the first period, and the teams went 44:27 without a goal to force overtime.

The Red Wings have a chance to be regarded as a dynasty. If they repeat they will have won four Stanley Cups in seven years and would be the NHL's most successful team since Edmonton won five titles over seven seasons from 1984-90.

Detroit is making its 13th straight playoff appearance and 52nd overall in 77 years. The Mighty Ducks, who began play in 1993, are in the postseason for the third time.

Detroit's Curtis Joseph made 42 saves. His playoff record is 58-59. Giguere's glove save on Darren McCarty's slap shot with just under seven minutes left in regulation kept it tied, as did Joseph's kick save on Kariya's shot with a minute to go.

WILD 4, AVALANCHE 2: Dwayne Roloson stopped 39 shots and visiting Minnesota scored three goals in 4:22 in the second period.

Filip Kuba scored the first postseason goal in Wild history 5:33 into the period, one-timing a pass from Andrew Brunette on a power play. Marian Gaborik pushed the lead to two 3:55 later on another power play, knocking in a rebound that went between Patrick Roy's legs and off his right skate.

The Wild barely had time to celebrate before Wes Walz lifted a shot over Roy just 25 seconds later. Walz scored from just outside the crease after Pascal Dupuis whiffed on a wraparound attempt.

Joe Sakic gave Colorado a chance heading into the third period, one-timing a pass from Steven Reinprecht to cut the lead to 3-1.

But Brunette sent some fans to the exits with a goal from a tough angle with four minutes left. Milan Hejduk weaved his way through Minnesota's defense to score on a wrister with 2:59 left.

The Wild did their best to knock Peter Forsberg, the league's leading scorer with 106 points in the regular season, out of his game by knocking him around every chance they got. Walz left Forsberg kneeling and holding his nose after a collision in the second period, and another check late in the period lifted him off the ice. Cliff Ronning took a shot at Forsberg shortly after jumping over the boards early in the third period.

BLUES 6, CANUCKS 0: Cory Stillman and Tyson Nash scored in the first two minutes and Chris Osgood made 20 saves for visiting St. Louis.

Osgood, acquired at the trade deadline for his playoff experience, improved to 13-1-4 against Vancouver with his 10th playoff shutout and first since leaving Detroit two years ago.

Dan Cloutier stopped just 22 shots for Vancouver, which matched a 23-year-old franchise record for worst playoff loss and hasn't won a home postseason game in seven years.

Stillman deflected Doug Weight's power-play point shot past Cloutier 1:30 into the game. Nash banged home his own rebound 31 seconds later after Cloutier made a sprawling stop on the first shot.

Vancouver called a timeout. Markus Naslund hit the post less than two minutes later, and the Canucks appeared to generate a little momentum midway through the period. But it fizzled when they failed to record a shot on three consecutive power plays and ended completely when Keith Tkachuk converted a give-and-go with Pavol Demitra 1:30 into the second.

MAPLE LEAFS: Toronto beat Philadelphia in the opener of their first-round series, but it lost center Nik Antropov and forward Darcy Tucker.

Antropov broke a bone in his right foot on a shot by Philadelphia defenseman Eric Desjardins in the second period Wednesday. He is out 3-4 weeks.

Tucker hyperextended his left knee on a check by Flyers defenseman Eric Weinrich, and he's doubtful for Game 2 tonight.

"I've never seen injuries like this. It's unbelievable," Leafs forward Owen Nolan said Thursday.

Antropov had 16 goals and 29 assists in the regular season. He centered Toronto's second line, which featured Nolan (29 goals, 54 points) and leading scorer Alexander Mogilny (33 goals, 79 points).

The Leafs were without centers Doug Gilmour (knee) and Travis Green (ribs) and defenseman Glen Wesley (ankle) for Game 1.

ISLANDERS: Forward Eric Godard was suspended for one game by the league for high-sticking Ottawa's Chris Neil in their playoff opener. He will miss Saturday's Game 2.

With 32 seconds left Godard was assessed a double minor for high-sticking. Neil had hit Islanders star Alexei Yashin earlier.

Sabres sale approved

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The sale of the bankrupt Sabres to B. Thomas Golisano was approved by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge and the NHL's Board of Governors.

The $92-million deal was expected to close within 10 days, said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who helped broker the transaction between Golisano and Adelphia Communications. Golisano was not available for comment.

In approving the sale Judge Michael Kaplan said no regional business transaction in memory had received as much public scrutiny. Erie County, the city of Buffalo and other public agencies with an interest in the team or HSBC Arena had to sign off on the deal.

"For the good of the city and western New York region I'm glad it went forward in such a straightforward manner," Kaplan said.

Sabres lawyer William Thomas said the team, whose season ended Sunday, was close to running out of its court-approved $25-million financing. Approval of the sale was in the best interest of all involved, he told the judge.

Golisano's offer takes into account $45-million in assumed liabilities, up to $25-million in projected team debt this season and a $22-million concession loan. He also offered to pay $2.5-million owed to unsecured creditors, despite not being legally bound to do so.

As part of the deal Golisano would assume operational control of the Sabres arena as well as the National Lacrosse League Buffalo Bandits.

Golisano is founder and chairman of Rochester-based Paychex, the nation's second-largest payroll-processing company. In last year's campaign for New York governor he spent more than $75-million.

OBITUARY: Ken McKenzie, co-founder and former publisher of the Hockey News, died Wednesday from complications after colon cancer surgery. He was 79. Mr. McKenzie and Will Cole founded the Hockey News in 1947.

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