Ducks Shock Wings In 3OT

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2003 Playoffs

Paul Kariya scored 3:18 into the third overtime giving the Anaheim Mighty Ducks a 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

"There's nothing like a goal to give you a bit of energy," Kariya said.

The hero of the game was Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who stopped 63 shots in his first career playoff game. Giguere faced 20 shots in the first overtime alone, constantly frustrating the Red Wings.

"I was nervous before the game, but I used that nervousness to get me going," Giguere said. "I turned those emotions into a positive thing."

Kolzig Grounds Lightning
Robert Lang scored twice and Olaf Kolzig stopped all 28 shots as the Washington Capitals shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 3-0 victory in the opening game of their first-round playoff series.

"You want to try to get a series over with as quickly as possible," Kolzig said. "Our goal tonight was to try to win this game, and we did that. Now, we've got to go out on Saturday, play the same way and frustrate them. I'm sure they're going to make some adjustments. That's what playoff hockey is all about."

Michael Nylander also scored for the sixth-seeded Capitals, who haven't won a playoff series since 1998, when they made the Stanley Cup finals and were swept by Detroit.

Wild Upset Avalanche
The Minnesota Wild scored three goals in 4:22 in the second period on their way to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche in their series opener.

Dwayne Roloson stopped 39 shots for the Wild, who are in the playoffs for the first time in the team's three-year history. Colorado has won two Stanley Cup titles in seven years and a record nine straight division championships.

"It is huge. There is no doubt," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "Before the series we felt it would be nice to get one game, it would be nice just to get the feel of winning in the playoffs."

Blues Crush Canucks
Cory Stillman and Tyson Nash scored in the opening two minutes and the St. Louis Blues never looked back as they demolished the Vancouver Canucks 6-0 in the opener of their first-round playoff series.

Chris Osgood made 20 saves for the shutout, Alexander Khavanov scored twice, and Keith Tkachuk and Doug Weight also connected as the fifth-seeded Blues.

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