Sunday, May 4, 2003

Giguere pulled in loss to Stars


Ottawa wins for 3-2 lead against Flyers

The Associated Press

DALLAS - Playing with the determination that earned them the top seed in the Western Conference, the Stars cooled off Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere on Saturday.

Giguere gave up three goals in two periods, then sat out the third as the Stars avoided elimination by beating Anaheim 4-1 Saturday in Game 5 of their second-round series.

"All I can do is forget about it," Giguere said. "The next game is a new challenge. This is a learning process for me. The next game will be a great battle, and I am looking forward to it."

The Ducks still lead the series 3-2 and have two more chances to advance to the Western Conference finals, starting at home Monday.

But Dallas is coming off its best game of the playoffs, and it can again view Giguere as the guy it chased twice in the regular season, not someone who is climbing up the postseason record charts.

"Our team has the ability to control our own destiny if we play as well as we can," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "I told them we needed to push out of our comfort zone and into the nasty zone."

In falling to 7-2 this postseason, the Ducks lost on the road for the first time and played their first game decided by more than one goal.

Senators 5, Flyers 2

OTTAWA - Radek Bonk and Marian Hossa each had a power-play point, and Ottawa overcame an early 1-0 deficit with five straight goals.

The Senators lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 and can advance to the Eastern Conference finals against New Jersey with a win at Philadelphia on Monday. Game 7 would be Wednesday.

Bonk and Daniel Alfredsson scored quickly on Ottawa's first two power plays, with Hossa assisting on both goals. The Senators are 7-0 in these playoffs when they manage to score. Patrick Lalime made 17 saves, and Bryan Smolinski, Martin Havlat and Peter Schaefer also scored for Ottawa, which moved within one game of advancing past the second round for the first time in its 11-year history.

NHL at a glance

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

(Best-of-7 series)

Friday's games

New Jersey 2, Tampa Bay 1, 3OT; Devils win series 4-1

Vancouver 3, Minnesota 2, OT; Canucks lead series 3-1

Saturday's games

Ottawa 5, Philadelphia 2; Senators lead series 3-2

Dallas 4, Anaheim 1; Mighty Ducks lead series 3-2

Monday's games

Ottawa at Phila., 7 p.m.

Dallas at Ana. 10 p.m.

Minnesota at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7

Philadelphia at Ottawa, 7 p.m., if necessary

Anaheim at Dallas, 7:30 p.m., if necessary

Vancouver at Minnesota, 9 p.m., if necessary

Thursday, May 8

Minnesota at Vancouver, 10 p.m., if necessary




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HOCKEY
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Clones lose finale

GOLF
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TENNIS
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BOXING
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