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Anaheim stands up to its neighbor

3/1/2004

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks finally had enough of their Southern California neighbors.

Sergei Fedorov, Vaclav Prospal and Steve Rucchin scored third-period goals to lift the Ducks to a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.

Fedorov scored his second goal of the game 2:43 into the third
period, Prospal scored just 1:35 later and Rucchin finished the
scoring at 10:12 of the third to give the Ducks (1-3-1) their first
win over Los Angeles this season.

After being outplayed for most of a 2-1 loss at Los Angeles on Saturday, the Ducks concentrated on improving their physical play Sunday. The tone began early when Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere raced from the crease to track down Kings forward Sean Avery after Avery had words for Giguere.

``You have to stand up to those guys; they are our neighbors and
we hate each other,'' said Giguere, who made 41 saves. ``We wanted
to send them a message.''

With the score tied 3-3 early in the third, Fedorov intercepted a
pass by Los Angeles defenseman Brad Norton in the offensive zone
and ripped a wrist shot past goalie Cristobal Huet.

``I was on my way to back check and I knew their defense could
only make a pass across, so I put my stick on the ice hoping to get
the puck,'' Fedorov said. ``Sure enough, there was a pass on the ice
and I was able to intercept it.''

After Prospal scored on a wrist shot from the right circle,
Rucchin blasted a slap shot by Huet to position the Ducks for the
victory.

The Kings had a four-game unbeaten streak snapped (3-0-1). It
was Huet's first loss in five starts since Roman Cechmanek went on
injured reserve with a groin injury.

Huet was replaced by Mathieu Chouinard after
yielding the sixth Ducks goal.

His day became considerably more difficult when Kings
defenseman Mattias Norstrom became a late scratch when his wife
went into labor.

``We had six NHL defenseman dressed; the problem is the six we
had out on the ice didn't get the job done,'' Kings coach Andy
Murray said.

Fedorov also added an assist, and Prospal had two
assists.

``We got a big game from Sergei,'' Rucchin said. ``The guys we
count on showed up.''

The Ducks took a 3-1 lead in the opening period before the Kings
rallied with two goals in the second to tie it.

Fedorov opened the scoring 6:35 in on a power play with a shot
from the right point.

The teams then combined for three goals in a span of 45 seconds.

Derek Armstrong tied the score at 14:47. Fourteen seconds later,
Anaheim center Jason Krog flipped the puck from the left boards
toward the slot and Cam Severson one-timed a shot under Huet.

Just 31 seconds later, Petr Schastlivy swiped in a rebound to
give the Ducks a 3-1 lead.

Joe Corvo scored on a slap shot 2:32 into the second period to
close the gap to 3-2. Jozef Stumpel tied the score with a wrist shot
from the left circle over Giguere's left shoulder during a power
play at 16:23 of the second.

``It was deflating to lose the game,'' Corvo said. ``It seemed
like an uphill climb. We just ran out of time and put ourselves in
that hole.''

Game notes
Nortsrom's second daughter, Emma, was born at 1:03 Pacific time. ... Ducks forward Mike Leclerc did not play because of a sore left knee. Leclerc also did not play in the third period Saturday. ... Rucchin played in his 600th NHL game, defenseman Ruslan Salei his 500th. All have been with the Ducks. ... L.A. defenseman Denis Grebeshkov earned his first NHL point in his second game assisting on Armstrong's goal.