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Wilson on Kariya: 'Plain and simple, that's a dive'

3/23/2003

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Paul Kariya's passing abilities didn't
impress Ron Wilson as much as his former player's acting abilities.

Niclas Havelid scored with 3:27 left in overtime, and Kariya had
three assists as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks moved to the brink of
their first playoff berth in four years, beating the San Jose
Sharks 3-2 Saturday night.

Havelid fired a shot through a crowd in front of the net at the
same moment Scott Hannan emerged from the Sharks' penalty box. He
was sent there with 27 seconds left in regulation for hooking
Kariya to the ice.

Wilson, the San Jose coach who mentored Kariya in Anaheim for
three seasons, was incensed that the Sharks' third game in three
nights was decided on the play -- particularly after the
NHL-mandated crackdown on diving.

''No practice tomorrow -- what we'll do is maybe call a practice
and practice our diving,'' Wilson said. ''I'm dead serious.
(Referee) Chris Rooney calls a penalty on us on an obvious dive
from Paul Kariya, so if anything, it should cost Paul Kariya $1,000
(in a fine for diving) to win the hockey game.

''(The NHL) put out a memo on dives and divers, and he's right
at the top of the list for taking dives. ... Plain and simple,
that's a dive.''

Dive or no dive, the Ducks rallied from a two-goal deficit for
the victory, which they celebrated wildly on their California
rival's home ice. Anaheim needs just one more victory or a defeat by
Phoenix to clinch a playoff spot.

Petr Sykora scored two goals on passes from Kariya, who
obviously had a different view of the final penalty.

''That hurts, coming from Ron,'' Kariya said. ''On that
particular play, somebody got me from behind, and I got knocked
down. What was I supposed to do? But it hurts coming from Ron, a
guy who I have so much respect for and who's done so much for me
over the course of my career.''

Jean-Sebastian Giguere made 22 saves to remain unbeaten in five
starts.

Vincent Damphousse scored his third goal in two games for the
Sharks, and Patrick Marleau also scored as San Jose finished its
brutal three-game stretch. Evgeni Nabokov, returning after a
four-game absence with a back injury, made 21 saves.

''It's important for us to play better in these last few games
and improve our confidence,'' Nabokov said. ''We don't have any
playoff chance to play for, but we have a lot of work to do for
next year.''

The huge Colorado snowstorm earlier in the week forced the
Sharks to become the first team since the 1980 Quebec Nordiques to
play three games in three nights. San Jose lost to the Avalanche on
Thursday in a postponed game, then beat the Boston Bruins on
Friday.

The Ducks took advantage of the NHL's worst penalty-killing team
for two power-play goals, but the Sharks seemed to have more energy
than Anaheim for much of the night. Kariya's exceptional playmaking
skills and Havelid's goal saved the Ducks.

''We've got to get our legs going,'' Anaheim coach Mike Babcock
said. ''We were all over them at the start -- and then bang, we
suddenly are not skating at all. For whatever reason, I don't think
we had great legs, and I can't tell you why that is.''

On the road this season, Anaheim has been the NHL's most
effective penalty-killing team, but the Ducks allowed two
power-play goals in the first 30 minutes.

Damphousse scored his 23rd goal by deflecting Jim Fahey's shot
over Giguere late in the first period. Midway through the second,
Marleau scored his 25th goal, tying his career high set two years
ago.

Sykora got his 31st goal in the second period, rattling a
power-play shot off the post behind Nabokov and into the net. Less
than four minutes later, Kariya again found Sykora behind the San
Jose defense for a breakaway goal.

Kariya extended his points streak to four games.

Game notes
Wilson was the first coach in Ducks history, winning 120
games from 1993-97. ... New Sharks acquisition Wayne Primeau missed
his third consecutive game with a back injury. ... Anaheim defenseman Ruslan
Salei missed his ninth game with a back injury. ... The Shark Tank
was sold out -- once a regular occurrence, but a rarity these days
for the non-contending team. ... The teams meet again in Anaheim on
Wednesday.