Related News

Home » Sports » Ice Hockey

Ducks eliminate top-seeded Sharks

THE Anaheim Ducks caused the first major shock of this season's NHL playoffs by ousting the top-ranked San Jose Sharks with a 4-1 victory in Game 6 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series on Monday in Anaheim, California.

The home victory completed a 4-2 triumph for the eighth-seeded Ducks and they were joined in the next round by the Chicago Blackhawks, who beat the Calgary Flames in six games with a 4-1 road victory.

The Ducks will meet the Detroit Red Wings in one Western Conference semifinal while Chicago's reward for a first series win since 1996 is a showdown against the Vancouver Canucks.

Anaheim has enjoyed little success since lifting the Stanley Cup two years ago but the win ensured they became the first eighth-seed to defeat a regular-season champion in postseason play since Edmonton eliminated Detroit in 2006.

"We never stopped believing," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.

Teemu Selanne and Francois Beauchemin scored 83 seconds apart in the second period to clinch the win for the Ducks, who had the fewest regular-season points (91) of any of this year's 16 playoff qualifiers.

"Winning always feels good," said Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller.

"Winning a series is even better and winning against the best team this year is one of the best feelings."

Hiller made 17 saves in the first period, when San Jose scored its only goal, and had 36 stops in the game.

"When the other goaltender is the star, you're likely not winning the series," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said.

Selanne broke a 1-1 tie 13:03 into the second period with a power-play goal and Beauchemin gave the Ducks a two-goal cushion less than two minutes later. Ryan Getzlaf added a fourth Anaheim goal in the third period.

Milan Michalek provided San Jose's sole success of the night a little over 10 minutes into the game before Corey Perry responded for the home team less than three minutes later.

In Calgary, Blackhawks netminder Nikolai Khabibulin made 43 saves, 33 in the first two periods, to provide Chicago a solid foundation for their series-clinching win.

"Khabby gave us a great game," said Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell, who gave the Blackhawks a 3-0 lead in the second period. "We needed that - we were a little flat."

Khabibulin was on course for a shutout until Calgary's Todd Bertuzzi scored 54 seconds into the third period.

Patrick Kane and Adam Burish scored Chicago's first period goals with Dustin Byfuglien adding an empty-netter in the third.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend