Lupul’s four goals lift Ducks


DENVER (AP) – Even though Ilya Bryzgalov is no longer impeccable, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks remained perfect thanks to Joffrey Lupul’s four goals Tuesday night.

Lupul’s three goals in regulation and one in overtime gave the Ducks a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche and a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference playoff series.

Bryzgalov shutout streak ended at three games, but the Ducks are still a win away from advancing the conference finals.

The Ducks can complete the sweep Thursday night at the Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche will try to join the 1975 New York Islanders and the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs as the only teams tin win series after losing the first three games.

Colorado had won its last six playoff overtime games, tops in the NHL and a franchise record.

After both teams killed a power play in the extra period, Dustin Penner stole the puck from Patrice Brisebois in the Colorado zone and fed Lupul, who added to his first career hat trick with a shot from between the circles that beat Vas goaltender Jose Theodore at 16:30 of overtime.

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