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May 10, 2006

Ottawa at Buffalo (7 p.m. EDT). The Sabres head home after winning the first two games of the series in Ottawa.



_ Joffrey Lupul, Mighty Ducks, became the first player in NHL playoff history to cap a four-goal game with an overtime score, netting the game-winner at 16:30 of the extra period to give Anaheim a 4-3 victory over Colorado.


Ilya Bryzgalov’s shutout streak ended at three games and 249 minutes and 15 seconds when Colorado’s Dan Hinote scored late in the first period of Anaheim’s 4-3 overtime victory Tuesday night. The Mighty Ducks goalie stopped 99 straight shots and trails only George Hainsworth’s 270:08, set in 1930 for Montreal.


Anaheim’s 4-3 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night ended Colorado’s streak of six straight playoff overtime wins, tops in the NHL and a franchise record. Three of them came against Dallas in the first round of this year’s playoffs.


Since allowing only four goals in a first-round sweep of the Rangers, New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur has surrendered nine over his two losses to Carolina in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Devils, however, have won seven straight at home, where they play Game 3 on Wednesday night.


Ottawa is 0-4 when losing the first two games of a series, and got swept both teams it dropped the first two at home. The Senators trail the Sabres 2-0 in the Eastern Conference semifinals heading into Game 3 Wednesday in Buffalo.


Colorado (0-for-8) and Anaheim (0-for-5) combined to go scoreless on 13 power-play opportunities in the Mighty Ducks’ 4-3 overtime victory Tuesday night.


``He’s making a name for himself, four goals. Good for him, I guess. Bad for us.″ _ Colorado forward Ian Laperriere on Anaheim’s Joffrey Lupul, who scored four times, including the game-winner in overtime, to give the Mighty Ducks a 4-3 victory Tuesday night and a 3-0 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

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