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DUCKS PROVE TO BE MIGHTIEST IN THE WEST

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Mighty Ducks are the best in the West.

Adam Oates scored a pair of power play goals Friday night to lead the Ducks to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild in Game Four of the National Hockey League's Western Conference finals.

Anaheim, the seventh seed coming into the playoffs, completed a sweep in the best-of-seven series against the sixth-seeded Wild to seal an unlikely trip to the Stanley Cup finals.

Anaheim knocked off top-seeded Detroit and second-seeded Dallas in the first two rounds.

Oates made it 2-1, 9:31 into the second period, when he beat Minnesota goalie Manny Fernandez with assists from Rob Niedermayer and Mike Leclerc.

Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere had his playoff shutout streak stopped at 217 minutes, 54 seconds - the longest since 1951 - when Minnesota's Andrew Brunette scored 4:37 into the game.

Brunette deflected a shot by Cliff Ronning on a power play for the Wild's first goal against Giguere. It gave Minnesota a short-lived 1-0 lead.

Anaheim came back and tied it on Oates' power-play goal four minutes later.

Giguere's scoreless streak is the fifth-longest ever in the postseason and the longest since Montreal's Gerry McNeil went 218:42 in 1951.

Montreal's George Hainsworth had the longest playoff shutout streak, going 270:08 in 1930. Dave Kerr of the New York Rangers is second with a streak of 248:35 in 1937, and Detroit's Norm Smith is third (248:32 in 1936).

Minnesota, playing in just its third year of existence, also took an unlikely road to the West finals.

The Wild knocked off third-seeded Colorado and fourth-seeded Vancouver after falling behind, three games to one, in both series.

The Ducks will face the winner of the Eastern Conference final between the New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators. The Devils hold a 2-1 series lead with Game Four set for this afternoon at the Meadowlands (3 p.m., Chs. 5, 7).

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