Ducks Win Again in OT to Even Series

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim remained perfect in overtime as goaltenter Jean-Sebastien Giguere shutout the New Jersey Devils and veteran forward Steve Thomas scored just thirty-nine seconds into the extra period to put the Ducks past the Devils and tie the Stanley Cup Finals series at two games apiece.

Anaheim is now 7-0 in overtime playoff games this season, including Games Three and Four of the Finals, both played on their home ice. Ten of the Ducks’ fourteen wins have come in overtime.

Thomas, a late-season acquisition, scored for the Ducks after picking up the rebound from a Samuel Pahlsson shot in the right circle.

“I thought their D-man was going to get to it,” Thomas said. “I just went to the net, and it came right to me and I shot it. … When you have an opportunity to score an overtime goal like that, that’s the ultimate.”

The Ducks had fallen behind in the series after being shutout by Devils’ netminder Martin Brodeur in both Games One and Two in New Jersey.

“We gave them too much respect, and we needed to go out there and play our game, do what we’ve done all year. (As a result) there is a hell of a lot of difference on the ice,” Giguere said.

“It’s a lot different going back to Jersey 2-2 instead of 3-1,” Thomas said. “We knew after those two games in Jersey we were a lot better team than we showed. We decided it was time to turn up our game. It was a little bit embarrassing to play the way we played in the first two games.”

Brodeur agreed that the series has changed dramatically since the teams left New Jersey.

“They feel pretty good about themselves, and on the other side, we just blew a 2-0 lead,” he said. “So it’s kind of hard to bring any kind of momentum into Game 5. But we’ll regroup. … It’s really important for us to have that confidence that we’re going to be hard to beat in our building, because they didn’t play well in those games.”

Wings Prospect Grigorenko out of Intensive Care

Red Wings prospect Igor Grigorenko has been moved out of intensive care as he continues to recover from injuries sustained in a May 16 auto accident.

Grigorenko, a twenty-year-old forward and Detroit’s top prospect, lost control of his car driving during a rainy night and crashed. His injuried included broken shin and thigh bones in his left leg. He later developed a fat embolism – fatty tissue causing the blockage of blood vessels – in his left lung. Grigorenko was heavily sedated and on a ventilator to cope with having trouble breathing, high blood pressure and a fever.

Having been taken off the ventilator last week, Grigorenko has begun talking and eating on his own. He spoke to his agent, Mark Lapush, on Saturday night.

“He’s doing well,” Lapush said. “He’s healing fast.”

“It was a miracle with him,” Lapush said. “The doctor told me now he feels Igor’s going to be all right.”

The Red Wings hope to bring Grigorenko to Detroit, but he can’t be moved until his condition betters.

“He can’t travel until he gets stronger,” assistant general manager Jim Nill said. “We’re just kind of going week by week now. We’re just waiting to get him out of the hospital.”