Series (Game 1 of 4)

Anaheim leads 4-0

Game 1: Sunday, December 1st
Game 2: Friday, December 6th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 12th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 19th

Blackhawks 2

(10-11-0, 23 pts)

Ducks 3

(9-7-3, 27 pts)

8:00 PM ET, December 1, 2002

Honda Center, Anaheim, California

1 2 3 T
CHI 2 0 02
ANA 3 0 03

K. Carney (Ducks - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

S. Thomas (Blackhawks - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

P. Kjellberg (Ducks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Chicago rookie Andersson eventually finds groove

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks were fortunate to get the goals they needed early because rookie Craig Andersson stopped everything over the final 2 periods of his first NHL start.

Pavel Trnka

Pavel Trnka (7) leads the cheerful Ducks past a downcast Alex Zhamnov of the Blackhawks.

Paul Kariya and Marc Chouinard scored 23 seconds apart during the first 2 minutes and Patric Kjellberg also scored in the first period as the Ducks snapped a five-game winless streak Sunday night with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

''It was a great start for us,'' Anaheim defenseman Keith Carney said. ''We wanted to come out hard and put some pucks on this rookie starting his first game. We were fortunate to come up with some early goals and put them behind the eight ball.''

Alex Zhamnov and rookie Tyler Arnason scored for the Blackhawks, who finished their road trip 1-6 following a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2).

The Ducks scored all three goals on their first four shots against Andersson, who made his NHL debut in the 4-1 loss Saturday night at Los Angeles and turned aside all four shots he faced in almost 27 minutes after relieving Jocelyn Thibault.

Unlike Thibault, coach Brian Sutter stuck with Andersson to see what the rookie was made of. The defense tightened up as well in front of Andersson, who stopped Anaheim's final 22 shots.

''It's a confidence booster knowing that he's got faith in me. And that's the biggest thing,'' Andersson said. ''It makes you feel like you have more confidence in yourself than you did before.

''If it's going to happen, it's going to happen. That's out of my control if he wants to take me out. I just know I had to stay calm and stay poised in there. I battled through it, and it's a big stepping stone for myself -- knowing that I can play with these guys.''

Chicago's Kyle Calder was serving a tripping penalty when Kariya got a cross-ice pass from rookie Stanislav Chistov and beat Andersson high to the stick side with a one-timer from the top of the right circle.

Chouinard then redirected Pavel Trnka's slap shot from the left point at 2:18 of the first -- the second time in two nights the Blackhawks allowed two goals in less than 30 seconds.

Fredrik Olausson set up Anaheim's third goal with a one-timer that deflected in off Kjellberg's arm at 7:24 of the period while Chris Simon was off for interference.

Chicago narrowed the gap to 3-2 with two goals in 66 seconds, after Andersson forced Anaheim's Matt Cullen to shoot wide on a breakaway with 5:22 left in the first.

''We stayed with it. We've got a veteran bunch of guys in here, and if we're down 3-0, we still believe we can bounce back,'' defenseman Lyle Odelein said. ''We showed a lot, coming back right away like that, and we took the game over. We pretty much dominated the whole game -- except for five minutes.''

Steve Sullivan won a faceoff from Steve Rucchin and got the puck back to Zhamnov, whose wrist shot hopped off the glove of goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere and over his left shoulder.

Arnason, who leads rookies with seven goals and 15 points, scored from the edge of the crease 42 seconds before the first intermission after Sergei Berezin stick-handled around defenseman Niclas Havelid and fed the puck in front.

''We let down a little bit,'' Carney said. ''We thought it was going to be easy and we got away from our game plan a little bit. You can't do that against a team like that. But we were able to finish strong, so it was a good win.''

The Blackhawks had two goals waved off after that -- one by Sullivan, whose shot from the left circle went in while teammate Jason Strudwick was in the crease at 8:10 of in the second. The other was with 11:12 left, when Calder directed the puck in with his skate.

Game notes

Andersson, a third-round choice in 2001, was recalled from Norfolk of the AHL last Tuesday to replace the demoted Steve Passmore. ... The Ducks set club records for fastest two goals (2:18) and fastest three goals (7:24) from the start of a game. ... The Blackhawks are 1-7-1 in their last nine games in Anaheim.

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