Giguere Blanks Wild Again

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2003 Playoffs

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 35 saves for his third straight shutout as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 for a three games to none lead in the Western Conference finals.

"The team has been playing unbelievable in front of me," Giguere said. "They're blocking so many shots in front of me. There's nothing I could've done without them."

Paul Kariya had two goals and Steve Rucchin and Sandis Ozolinsh each scored for the Ducks, who will try to become the first team in 11 years to complete a sweep in the conference finals.

"It's a nice feeling," Kariya said. "But we don't get too far ahead of ourselves. We take each game as it comes. That's been a great asset for our team."

Giguere extended his shutout streak to 213 minutes, 17 seconds, the last goal he let in was in the third period of Game 6 against Dallas. The playoff record is 248:32 by Detroit's Normie Smith in 1936.

"It's amazing," Anaheim defenseman Keith Carney said. "We have so much confidence in him and we feel he'll stop every shot. He's that good."

The Wild came back from 3-1 deficits against Colorado and Vancouver to win both series, but the task is much harder now. Only twice has a team come back from 3-0 to win a playoff series.

Game 4 is Friday night in Anaheim.

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