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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - The Anaheim Mighty Ducks made it a clean sweep for the underdogs in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Teemu Selanne and Ruslan Salei scored second-period goals, Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 22 shots and the Mighty Ducks eliminated the defending West champion Calgary Flames with a 3-0 victory in Game 7 on Wednesday night.
None of the top four seeds in the West made it out of the first round.
"I'm so proud of these guys," Selanne said of his team, which had six rookies in the lineup for the clinching game. "Not many people in the hockey world believed we could win this series."
The sixth-seeded Ducks will face the seventh-seeded Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the playoffs with the first game Friday night in Anaheim, Calif. Eighth-seeded Edmonton plays fifth-seeded San Jose in the other West semifinal.
"To come here and win in the seventh game is pretty exciting," Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer said. "This is a tough building to win in."
It hasn't been all that tough in Game 7s. The Flames have lost the last four Game 7s played in Calgary, the last coming in 1995.
"Disappointing doesn't even begin to describe the feeling," Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr said. "All the hard work put in by the guys through the entire regular season to get home-ice advantage. And we don't come out and take advantage of that situation in Game 7."
Selanne's third goal of the series came at 5:12 of the second period.
Breaking down the left side against Flames defenseman Jordan Leopold, Selanne fired a 30-foot wrist shot just inside the near post past Miikka Kiprusoff, who appeared to be screened on the play by Leopold.
"We were flat today and we didn't play with as much confidence as we should have," Calgary captain Jarome Iginla.
The Ducks made it 2-0 in the final minute of the second taking advantage of a turnover by Calgary defenseman Roman Hamrlik.
From behind his net, Hamrlik tried to clear the puck up the middle but it was intercepted at the blue line by Vitali Vishnevski. Vishnevski quickly slid the puck over to Salei, whose rising slap shot found the top corner.
"They outworked us and that's sad to say," Flames defenseman Rhett Warrener said. "Our team has always prided ourselves on being the hardest working team, but I don't think this series we proved that. They proved that they were willing to pay a bigger price and tonight it showed."
Jeff Friesen cemented the victory with an empty-net goal at 19:40.
Selanne said he's expecting a difficult go for Anaheim in the second round.
"It's going to be tougher and tougher," he said of the Avalanche. "It will be a hard battle."
After starting the series opener, Bryzgalov spent the next four games on the bench as Jean-Sebastien Giguere returned from a lower body injury.
However, Giguere struggled despite winning two of his four starts and Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle went back to Bryzgalov for the sixth game.
The only goal he gave up in Anaheim's 2-1 win was Stephane Yelle's goal 10:18 into the first period. The 25-year-old Russian shut out Calgary the final 109 minutes, 42 seconds of the series.
"An unbelievable job," Selanne said. "Games 6 and 7, this was Bryzgalov's show and that's what winning takes."
Calgary got off to a spirited start, getting the game's first four shots and generating early pressure on the young Ducks defense and Bryzgalov.
However, Anaheim settled down, especially defensively. In the second, Anaheim went nearly 13 minutes before surrendering its first shot on goal, which came at the tail end of the Flames' third power-play of the game. At the time, Anaheim still did not have a power play.
Calgary finished 0-for-4 with the extra man while Anaheim was 0-for-2.
Notes: Rookie Calgary D Dion Phaneuf was on the ice for both goals against and finished a series-worst minus-7 . . . Calgary dropped to 5-6 in Game 7s, including losses in five of its last six. ... Yelle appeared in his 10th game seven, which ties him with Greg De Vries for the most among active players . . . Including two meetings in the final week of the regular season, Calgary and Anaheim met nine times in a span of 23 days.
|Teemu Selanne (3) ASST: Andy McDonald (4), Ruslan Salei (2)|
1 - 0 ANA
|Ruslan Salei (1) ASST: Vitaly Vishnevski (2)|
2 - 0 ANA
|EN - Jeff Friesen (2) ASST: NONE|
3 - 0 ANA
|Rob Niedermayer Hooking against Jordan Leopold|
|Joffrey Lupul Hi-sticking against Kristian Huselius|
|Joffrey Lupul Hi-sticking against Daymond Langkow|
|Rhett Warrener Holding against Corey Perry|
|Andy McDonald Roughing against Stephane Yelle|
|Sean O'Donnell Diving against Shean Donovan|
|Shean Donovan Holding against Sean O'Donnell|
|Tony Amonte Hooking against Ruslan Salei|
|SA: 22||TOI: 59:34|
|Saves: 22||EV: 18 - 18|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 31||TOI: 58:20|
|Saves: 29||EV: 24 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .935||SH: 2 - 2|
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