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Joffrey's Night

Wednesday, 05.10.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 


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