Final

Series (Game 1 of 2)

Anaheim leads 2-0

Game 1: Sunday, February 9th
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Ducks2
Game 2: Sunday, February 23rd
Ducks4Final
Hurricanes0

Hurricanes 1

(17-28-5, 45 pts)

Ducks 2

(25-19-4, 61 pts)

8:00 PM ET, February 9, 2003

Honda Center, Anaheim, California

1 2 3 T
CAR 0 0 11
ANA 0 2 02

J. Giguere (Ducks - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: .966

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

S. Pahlsson (Ducks - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Kariya, Krog help send Canes to sixth defeat in a row

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are in a groove that has them thinking about the postseason. The Carolina Hurricanes are still going in circles, and the needle is stuck.

Paul Kariya scored his 20th goal and Jason Krog got his first career short-handed goal as the Ducks dealt Carolina its sixth consecutive defeat, 2-1 Sunday night.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 28 saves for the Ducks, who have won five of their last six games and 10 of 14 after going 0-6-1 in their previous seven. They have a two-point edge over Chicago for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.

''We have guys with more experience in our lineup, and that's giving us a little bit more of an edge,'' Giguere said. ''We have so many guys now who know how to win, and it shows the young guys how.

''We've been playing a good team game, and the defense has been allowing one shot and taking the rebounds away. If you put all that together, you get the result you want.''

Jeff O'Neill scored his 20th goal for the Hurricanes, who have gone from Stanley Cup finalists to bottom-feeder in less than a year. They are last in the Southeast Division with 14 defeats in their last 15 games. They have dropped eight in a row on the road, getting outscored 37-14, and are only four points ahead of last-place Buffalo in the Eastern Conference.

''I think we got used to playing one style throughout the end of last season and in the playoffs, and we had success with it. Then the league changes the rules, and it didn't fit our style immediately,'' defenseman Bret Hedican said.

''We kind of got a step behind, and we've been fighting it ever since. We know we can play better. ... We're extremely disappointed, obviously. We've got to find ways to win.''

Kariya opened the scoring midway in the second period, flipping a 20-foot back-hander over goaltender Kevin Weekes' glove after a pass from Petr Sykora.

''It's just something that I've worked on all summer, and it's nice to see it pay off once in a while,'' Kariya said.

Sykora, playing in his 500th NHL game, has combined with Kariya and Adam Oates for 38 points and 14 goals in their past 14 games. Oates needs three assists to tie Gordie Howe for sixth place on the career list.

Krog, who had a career-high three assists in the 3-2 victory Friday over Phoenix, made it 2-0 when he was sent on a breakaway by Samuel Pahlsson and converted his own rebound. It was the sixth short-handed goal for the Ducks.

''I saw the turnover as I was coming toward the puck, and I saw Sammy grab it,'' Krog said. ''He looked at me, so I turned and headed up the ice, and he made a great pass on my stick.

''I wanted to make a deke on the goalie and the puck started rolling on me, so I tried to corral it and go five-hole with a quick shot. Luckily, the puck came right back on my stick.''

O'Neill spoiled Giguere's bid for his 15th career shutout with 5:57 to play. He shrugged off a check from rookie Kurt Sauer at the left circle, dragged him all the way into the slot and took a one-handed shot that eluded a screened Giguere.

Weekes, who sat out the third period of the 8-2 loss Friday at Los Angeles after giving up seven goals on 34 shots, won his first two games following his return from a concussion. He's lost 10 in a row since.

Game notes


Giguere beat Carolina for the first time since leaving the organization. He was traded to Calgary in June 1997, following the Hurricanes' final season as the Hartford Whalers. ... Carolina has given up the first goal in 24 of its last 29 games and has surrendered 41 goals over its last 10. ... Sandis Ozolinsh earned an assist on Kariya's goal, his third point in two games since joining the Ducks in a trade from Florida. ... The Hurricanes, 0-for-5 on the power play, are 0-for-20 in their last four games against Anaheim. ... The Ducks were 0-3-2 in their previous five meetings with Carolina. ... Pavel Brendl played his first game with Carolina after being acquired from Philadelphia in a trade for Sami Kapanen.

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