Ducks sweep past Avs, 4-1 |

Ducks sweep past Avs, 4-1

Colorado Avalanche center Brad Richardson (12) and Anaheim Mighty Ducks right winger Dustin Penner fight for possession during the first period of Game 4 in the NHL second-round Western Conference hockey playoffs Thursday, May 11, 2006, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

DENVER Anaheims stingy defense and red-hot rookie goaltender are headed to the Western Conference Finals after the Mighty Ducks completed a sweep of the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 Thursday night.Todd Marchant, Teemu Selanne and Dustin Penner scored goals following breakdowns by Avs defenseman Patrice Brisebois, and 25-year-old Russian rookie Ilya Bryzgalov was again brilliant in goal for the Ducks, who are moving on to the conference finals for the second time in three seasons.Bryzgalov stopped 40 shots, capping a dazzling series that included two wins on the road after his shutout streak was snapped at three games and just shy of 250 minutes, the longest by a rookie and second best in NHL playoff history.Anaheim, which stifled Colorados Fab Four of Joe Sakic, Alex Tanguay, Milan Hejduk and Andrew Brunette all series long, handed the Avs their first sweep in 26 playoff series since they arrived from Quebec before the 1995-96 season.The sixth-seeded Ducks earned some well-deserved rest, too.Theyre the only team that hasnt had a skip day between playoff games, having played every other day since April 21 and making three trips to Calgary and one to Denver.San Jose is up 2-1 in the other Western Conference semifinal series with Game 4 scheduled for Friday night at Edmonton.The Ducks stretched their streak to 36 consecutive penalties killed by turning away all five of Colorados power plays. The Avs finished 0-for-24 on the power play in the series and ended the season in an 0-for-33 slump over six games.

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