Ducks' Kariya pots hat trick to bash Bruins

Posted: Friday, November 01, 2002

BOSTON -- Paul Kariya broke out just when the Anaheim Mighty Ducks needed him.

Kariya scored three goals and set up the other as the Mighty Ducks beat Boston 4-1 Thursday night, halting the Bruins' eight-game unbeaten streak in front of their smallest FleetCenter crowd ever.

Anaheim posted just its third win in 11 games and spoiled Boston's attempt to equal its best start in club history.

''He knows how urgent this game was for these guys,'' Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. ''When you're a superstar, you have breakthrough games to carry the team.''

Kariya, held without a shot in the first period, scored on both of his shots on goal in the second and his only attempt in the third. He had just four goals and three assists in his prior 10 games.

''It's important for me to produce offensively,'' Kariya said. ''That's my job. There's been games where you play well offensively and you have nothing to show for it.''

Flyers 6, Coyotes 2

PHILADELPHIA -- Michal Handzus and Kim Johnsson scored 2:05 apart in the second period, leading Philadelphia over Phoenix.

The Flyers are off to a 7-1-2 start under new coach Ken Hitchcock, and extended their unbeaten streak at home to five games (4-0-1). Phoenix has lost four of five.

Maple Leafs 3, Thrashers 3, OT

TORONTO -- Backup goalie Pasi Nurminen made 32 saves as winless Atlanta avoided its 10th straight loss by tying Toronto.

Patrik Stefan scored the tying goal at 15:26 of the third period for Thrashers (0-8-1-1), who are in the throes of a 19-game winless streak dating back to March 23.

Wild 2, Sharks 1, OT

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Sergei Zholtok scored his second goal with 9.1 seconds left in overtime to lift surprising Minnesota over the San Jose Sharks.

Wes Walz's cross-checking penalty with 1:03 left in regulation gave the slumping Sharks a power play for nearly the first minute of overtime, but the Wild killed it.

Minnesota (8-1-2) -- which leads the NHL with 18 points after finishing last in the Northwest Division last season -- was headed for its third tie with less than 10 seconds remaining, but Zholtok jumped on a loose puck and sent it past San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov for the win.

Blackhawks 2, Kings 1, OT

CHICAGO -- Phil Housley scored a power-play goal 1:35 into overtime to give Chicago a win over Los Angeles.

Housley beat Felix Potvin on a screened shot from the top of the slot as Chicago won its third straight and extended its unbeaten streak to four games.

Rookie Tyler Arnason scored for Chicago with 35 seconds left to force the overtime. Jaroslav Modry scored for the Kings in the second period.

Flames 3, Sabres 0

CALGARY, Alberta -- Roman Turek made 30 saves and Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist to lead Calgary over Buffalo for its first home win of the season.

Toni Lydman also had a goal and an assist as the Flames won for the first time in six home games.

The Flames put Iginla back on a line with center Craig Conroy. Along with Martin Gelinas on the left wing, the unit accounted for both of Calgary's first-period goals as the Flames took an early 2-0 lead.

Avalanche 5, Canucks 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Joe Sakic scored twice as Colorado beat Vancouver.

Dan Hinote, Adam Foote and Rob Blake also scored for the Avalanche, which won for just the second time in six games, but has points in all but one game this year. Patrick Roy stopped 23 shots.

Rookie defenseman Bryan Allen scored for the Canucks, who only have one win in the last nine games and seven games on home ice all season.

The Avalanche, which came in with the league's 29th-ranked power play after scoring just once in the last 16 chances, 1-for-7 on the power play.



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