Steve Rucchin's goal at 6 minutes 53 seconds of overtime gave the Anaheim Mighty Ducks a 3-2 victory last night and a four-game sweep of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings in Anaheim, Calif.

Jean-Seastien Giguere made 32 saves in the stunning sweep of the opening-round Western Conference series.

The Red Wings, Stanley Cup champions three of the past six years, became just the second defending Cup winner to be swept the following season in a four-game opening series.

In 1952, Detroit upset the 1951 champion Toronto Maple Leafs and went on to win the Cup.

Rucchin scored his first goal of the series with a one-timer from 10 feet after defenseman Keith Carney centered the puck from behind the net.

Jason Krog and Paul Kariya scored the other goals for the Ducks, who had been swept out of the playoffs by Detroit in their only two previous trips to the postseason.

Giguere gave up a game-tying goal to Sergei Fedorov with 2:15 left in regulation, and an earlier score to Henrik Zetterberg on a two-man breakaway at 13:23 of the first period.

Krog had scored with 15:25 left in the third period to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead.

Giguere stopped 165 of 171 shots in the four games, with the Ducks winning each time by one goal. He had a 1.24 goals-against average.

The goals were the second of the series for both Krog and Kariya. Grog scored the game-tying goal late in the Ducks' 3-2 win in Game 2. Kariya had the game-winner in Anaheim's 2-1, triple-overtime victory in the opening game.

* FLYERS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 2: Mark Recchi scored his second goal of the game with 6:06 remaining in the third overtime period in Toronto.

Ed Belfour made 72 saves before Recchi's wrist shot from the faceoff circle hit the goalie's stick and barely trickled over the goal line as the Flyers evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series a 2-2. Game 5 is Saturday night in Philadelphia.

Jeremy Roenick also scored for the Flyers.

Travis Green and Mats Sundin scored for the Maple Leafs, who were without leading scorer Alexander Mogilny. Clipped under the jaw by a stick two nights earlier, Mogilny was advised by team doctors to sit one out. He'll be re-examined today.

The Flyers outshot the Maple Leafs, 75-38, setting a Philadelphia playoff record for most shots on goal.

Toronto, which beat Philadelphia in double overtime on Monday night, played its third-longest game in franchise history and longest since 1943.

It was the second-longest game in Flyers history.

Philadelphia won despite going 0 for 8 on the power play, falling to 2 for 21 in the series.

Michael Handzus almost won it for the Flyers in the first overtime, but his shot rolled over Belfour's pads and through the goal crease.

Philadelphia goalie Roman Chechmanek made 36 saves. He robbed Darcy Tucker in the second overtime with a kick save.

Belfour stopped John LeClair from scoring late in the second overtime with a spectacular blocker save.

Recchi's bad-angle shot beat Belfour, giving Philadelphia a 1-0 lead at 1:16 of the first.

Green, who missed the first three games with a rib injury, tied it with a short-handed goal at 4:06 of the first. Bryan McCabe staked up the ice on a three-on-two before making a centering pass to Green, who streaked toward the all alone before putting the puck over Cechmanek's shoulder.

After Belfour turned the puck over behind the net, Roenick shot the puck off Belfour's skate and in just 54 seconds into the second.

Sundin gave the Maple Leafs the momentum by tying it at 2 on the power play with a wrist shot over Cechmanek's shoulder at 1:51 of the third.

* SENATORS 3, ISLANDERS 1: Mike Fisher scored just 28 seconds in, and Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist in Uniondale, N.Y., as Ottawa took a 3-1 lead in its first-round playoff series.

Anton Volchenkov also scored, and Patrick Lalime made 21 saves for the Senators. They will try to wrap up the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series at home Thursday night.

Adrian Aucoin scored for the Islanders, who have lost three straight after winning the opening game of the series.

The teams were coming off a double-overtime game Monday night that lasted 82 minutes 25 seconds. But Ottawa came out energized in the first period, scoring two quick goals and outshooting New York, 15-6.

* AVALANCHE 3, WILD 1: Joe Sakic took the edge off another loud crowd with two goals in the game's first eight minutes, and Patrick Roy barely missed his second straight shutout while leading visiting Colorado.

The Avalanche, which finished the regular season by winning 25 of its final 37, leads the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series 3-1.

The Avalanche, which also got a goal from Dan Hinote, will try to end the series in Denver on Saturday. Marian Gaborik had the goal for Minnesota, making its postseason debut in the series.

* CANUCKS 4, BLUES 1: Martin Rucinsky had two goals and an assist as Vancouver rallied in St. Louis.

Dallas Drake and Chris Pronger scored in the second period after spotting the Canucks a goal. Rucinsky scored twice in 1:37 late in the third.

St. Louis, which got a strong game from goalie Chris Osgood to offset a 33-20 shots deficit, can close out the series in Game 5 on Friday night in Vancouver. The Blues have won all six series in franchise history when taking a 3-1 lead.

Maple Leafs goaltender Ed Belfour leaves ice as Flyers' Mark Recchi celebrates game-winning goal in third overtime.