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2003 Playoffs

Rookie Niko Kapanen scored twice as the Dallas Stars beat the Mighty Ducks, 4-1, to cut Anaheim's lead in the series to three games to two.

Anaheim's hero in the playoffs, goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere surrendered three goals on 19 shots in two periods, then watched the final period from the bench.

"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."

Rob DiMaio and Stu Barnes scored in the first period, giving Dallas its first two-goal lead of the series.

It's good to get the ball rolling," Dallas' Mike Modano said. "This is how we have to play. It's unfortunate it took this long in the series to get going."

Anaheim will have another chance to wrap it up in Game 6 at home on Monday.

"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."

Senators Push Flyers To The Brink
The Ottawa Senators gave up the early goal again, but scored five straight goal to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 to take a three games to two lead in the second-round series.

"We didn't panic," Hossa said about Claude Lapointe's early goal. "It was the first shift of the game and we knew there was lots of time to get back, and that's what we did."

Flyers goalie Roman Cechmanek followed his shutout in Game 4 with a horrible performance by surrendering four goals before he was pulled midway through the second period.

"The point is, we all know we have to be better," Philadelphia center Jeremy Roenick said. "Roman knows he has to be better, I know I have to be better, every player down the line knows it. There's no question."

The Senators can advance to the Eastern Conference finals against New Jersey with a win at Philadelphia on Monday.

"It's going to take our best game," Senators defenseman Wade Redden said. "The fourth one's the toughest to get -- everyone knows that -- so we've got to come out with all we've got."

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