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Panthers, Ducks push

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2002

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Kristian Huselius scored with 14 seconds left in regulation, and Valeri Bure had three assists as the Florida Panthers tied the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-4 Sunday.

Steve Rucchin scored twice for the Mighty Ducks and nearly had his first NHL three-goal game but his backhander that beat Jani Hurme on a breakaway was disallowed because Anaheim had too many men on the ice.

The Panthers capitalized with 23 seconds left on the ensuing power play, as Niklas Hagman beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere to make it 4-3 with 11:36 left.

With Hurme off for an extra attacker, Bure threw a cross-ice pass to Sandis Ozolinsh, whose one-timer was tipped past Giguere by Huselius. It forced the Panthers into overtime for an NHL-high 13th time.

Stephane Matteau and Marcus Nilson also scored for the Panthers, who are winless in eight games -- including two overtime losses and five ties.

Andy McDonald and Kevin Sawyer also scored for the Ducks. Keith Carney had two assists.

The Ducks failed to score despite a five-on-three advantage they had for 1 minute, 46 seconds of the second period. But Sawyer made it 4-2, banging home a rebound of Patric Kjellberg's short backhander at 18:26 of the period for his third goal in 101 NHL games.

Rucchin opened the scoring 3:26 in. The puck bounced off the skate of Florida defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to Rucchin, whose shot from a sharp angle bounced off the left side of the net and then off goalie Roberto Luongo's right pad.

Anaheim survived a four-minute Florida power play in the first period, after rookie Kurt Sauer cut Ivan Novoseltsev near the left eye with a high stick. But Florida tied it at 10:07 when Matteau redirected Bure's lead pass behind Giguere.

The Ducks took a 2-1 lead just 46 seconds later when Rucchin converted a rebound of Carney's shot from the left point for his seventh goal, tying his total from last season when he was limited to 38 games by injury.

At that point, Florida coach Mike Keenan replaced Luongo with Hurme.

Notes: Rucchin's two-goal game was his 14th in 474 NHL games. ... Florida's fourth straight overtime game tied the longest streak in club history and put the Panthers within one of the NHL mark. ... The only other time this season that Anaheim scored three first-period goals was Oct. 26 at Edmonton. ... The Panthers, who entered the NHL with Anaheim in 1993-94, lead the series 8-4-3. ... Florida and Anaheim share the record for victories by a first-year team with 33, but the Ducks haven't had more than 36 in any season since. ... Anaheim was 1-for-26 on the power play in last six meetings with the Panthers. ... The Panthers have scored two first-period goals in each of their last four games, after totaling only two the previous six contests.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Kristian Huselius scored with 14 seconds left in regulation, and Valeri Bure had three assists as the Florida Panthers tied the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-4 Sunday.

Steve Rucchin scored twice for the Mighty Ducks and nearly had his first NHL three-goal game but his backhander that beat Jani Hurme on a breakaway was disallowed because Anaheim had too many men on the ice.

The Panthers capitalized with 23 seconds left on the ensuing power play, as Niklas Hagman beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere to make it 4-3 with 11:36 left.

With Hurme off for an extra attacker, Bure threw a cross-ice pass to Sandis Ozolinsh, whose one-timer was tipped past Giguere by Huselius. It forced the Panthers into overtime for an NHL-high 13th time.

Stephane Matteau and Marcus Nilson also scored for the Panthers, who are winless in eight games -- including two overtime losses and five ties.

Andy McDonald and Kevin Sawyer also scored for the Ducks. Keith Carney had two assists.

The Ducks failed to score despite a five-on-three advantage they had for 1 minute, 46 seconds of the second period. But Sawyer made it 4-2, banging home a rebound of Patric Kjellberg's short backhander at 18:26 of the period for his third goal in 101 NHL games.

Rucchin opened the scoring 3:26 in. The puck bounced off the skate of Florida defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to Rucchin, whose shot from a sharp angle bounced off the left side of the net and then off goalie Roberto Luongo's right pad.

Anaheim survived a four-minute Florida power play in the first period, after rookie Kurt Sauer cut Ivan Novoseltsev near the left eye with a high stick. But Florida tied it at 10:07 when Matteau redirected Bure's lead pass behind Giguere.

The Ducks took a 2-1 lead just 46 seconds later when Rucchin converted a rebound of Carney's shot from the left point for his seventh goal, tying his total from last season when he was limited to 38 games by injury.

At that point, Florida coach Mike Keenan replaced Luongo with Hurme.

Notes: Rucchin's two-goal game was his 14th in 474 NHL games. ... Florida's fourth straight overtime game tied the longest streak in club history and put the Panthers within one of the NHL mark. ... The only other time this season that Anaheim scored three first-period goals was Oct. 26 at Edmonton. ... The Panthers, who entered the NHL with Anaheim in 1993-94, lead the series 8-4-3. ... Florida and Anaheim share the record for victories by a first-year team with 33, but the Ducks haven't had more than 36 in any season since. ... Anaheim was 1-for-26 on the power play in last six meetings with the Panthers. ... The Panthers have scored two first-period goals in each of their last four games, after totaling only two the previous six contests.



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