Joffrey's Night

Tuesday, 05.9.2006 / 9:00 PM PT / News
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Joffrey\'s Night
DENVER, Colo. - To the folks in Denver he is Jeffrey.

Each time number fifteen in white scored one of his four goals, the Pepsi Center public address announcer would turn on his microphone and say:

"Mighty Ducks goal scored by number fifteen Jeffrey Lupul"

"They were calling me Jeffrey every time on the PA which I'm kind of used to," said Lupul.  "I said something when I was in the box in overtime.  I guess they didn't really hear it because after I scored in overtime it was still Jeffrey Lupul."

Regardless of what you call him, what Lupul did last night on the Pepsi Center ice is unheard of.

In fact, no player since Maurice "Rocket" Richard in 1944 has ever scored four or more goals in a playoff game with none of his teammates getting on the score sheet.  And, no player in the history of the game has ever done it and gotten the OT winner.

"It was a great night, one that I'll remember forever," said Lupul.  But it's over unfortunately so I've got to refocus and get ready for game four."

Lupul led all players with six shots on goal on Tuesday night - four of them finding the back of Jose Theodore's net.  

"I've always worked on my shot and I consider myself kind of a shooter," said Lupul.  "Those were the ones you dream of there.  Those were pretty perfect."

Lupul's opportunities in game three were born out of solid efforts by both of his linemates, rookie Dustin Penner and veteran Todd Marchant.

"(Lupul) was a benefactor of the combination of Marchant and the Penner kid dominating and controlling the puck in some situations," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.  "He made some great shots but those other two players were a major contributor to his success last night."

If Tuesday night's contest is any indication of what the Lupul-Marchant-Penner combination is capable of offensively, the Ducks may have found an important scoring alternative to the top line of Teemu Selanne, Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz.

"Four goals in the playoffs is unbelievable," said Selanne who owns 492 regular season and 22 playoff tallies in his career.

Selanne, a veteran of 59 NHL playoff games, likes to see scoring opportunities being afforded to his teammates even if it is at the expense of his own production as defenses key-in on his line.

"It gives a little more room for the other players, of course," said Selanne.  "And it's great to see that guys are taking advantage of that."

Lupul also knows the importance of his own offensive contributions as it relates to the success of his team in the postseason.

"That's our number one line and they've been great all year," said Lupul.  "I think my job is to try and take a little bit of pressure off of them.  For us to go a long way in the playoffs we're going to need contributions from everyone."

Lupul kicked a soccer ball around with teammates outside the Ducks locker room during Wednesday's optional skate as he prepared for an encore performance tomorrow night as the Ducks look to close out the Avs.

With his four goals last night, Lupul is now tied for second place in the playoff scoring list with seven goals.  And, if he can find his way back on the score sheet in game four, there is a good chance everyone in the rink will know the name Joffrey Lupul.

"They can call me whatever they want as long as they keep announcing goals."

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 73 43 26 4 211 195 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 73 33 28 12 196 205 78
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 73 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 61 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 76 19 27 -5 46
S. Vatanen 61 12 25 7 37
J. Silfverberg 75 12 23 11 35
P. Maroon 67 9 24 -4 33
C. Fowler 74 7 26 3 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
J. Wisniewski 64 8 24 -14 32
M. Beleskey 62 22 9 14 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 32 11 5 .913 2.41
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65


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