Ducks Go Up 2-0

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2003 Playoffs

Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped all 24 shots, and Kurt Sauer and Rob Niedermayer scored two short-handed goals to lead the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

"It's not too often that you're going to score short-handed goals like that -- never mind one," Anaheim center Steve Rucchin said. "We're fortunate enough to come up with another win again, thanks to Jiggy."

"For some reason, I don't know, we're not playing as well or not getting the breaks," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "You know, it doesn't take a lot to turn it around."

The Ducks now lead the Western Conference finals two games to none as the series shifts to Anaheim for Games 3 and 4.

"There hasn't been one point in these playoffs where we've felt like we weren't scared to death about losing the next hockey game," Ducks right wing Dan Bylsma said. "We got two fortunate breaks tonight, but we're still scared to lose the next game. We just can't take our foot off the gas."

The Ducks played great defense again, suffocating the Wild and jumping quickly on pucks at their own end.

"I thought it was one of our better games as a team," Giguere said.

"If the Detroit Red Wings can't skate the puck in there, the Minnesota Wild certainly can't," Wild left wing Andrew Brunette said.

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