RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- With all the trouble the Anaheim Mighty
Ducks have had on the road this season they'll certainly take a
Ruslan Salei scored a fluke short-handed goal, and the Mighty
Ducks won consecutive road games for the first time in two months
by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 Wednesday night.
Goaltender Kevin Weekes has been Carolina's most valuable player
in the first half of the season, but his blunder on the power play
gave the Mighty Ducks the go-ahead score less than two minutes
after the Hurricanes tied it.
Weekes came out of the net to play a bank shot off the boards by
Salei from Anaheim's side of center ice. However, the puck took a
crazy bounce and Weekes couldn't recover to make the save early in
the second period.
"The rule is when the puck is on the glass, the goalie can't
leave the net," Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. "A real tough
break for them, a real good break for us."
Salei didn't hesitate to say his game-winner was mostly due to
"A lucky goal is a lucky goal and we're all excited about it,"
the defenseman said. "We're trying to get on a roll and this is
huge for us."
Weekes said the bad bounce was 1-out-of-100.
"After you're out there and you're anticipating the wraparound
there is no way you can physically get back if you're behind the
net," Weekes said. "It's frustrating, but those are bounces, and
the majority of times that's not going to happen."
The Mighty Ducks, who beat Tampa Bay 2-0 Monday, limited the
Hurricanes to 18 shots. Carolina has scored just 12 goals in nine
"We got outskated. The team that worked harder and won those
one-on-one battles and skated harder won the game," Carolina coach
Peter Laviolette said. "It's pretty simple for me."
Carolina lost any hope of a third-period comeback when Josef
Vasicek and Erik Cole took penalties 28 seconds apart midway
through the period. Sergei Fedorov made the Hurricanes pay, scoring
his team-leading 13th with seven seconds left on the power play.
"We took penalties that by no means a team in our position
should be taking," Laviolette said. "We should have known before
our actions there would be consequences. It's not like we had
somebody breaking in the back door for a scoring chance that we
felt like we had to slash.
"They were just mindless. There was no just no need
A slumping Rod Brind'Amour tied it 1-1 five minutes into the
second when he scored on his own rebound. The Carolina center came
in with 342 career goals but has just four in 37 games this season.
Carolina fell behind for the fifth straight game when Andy
McDonald tipped in a nice centering pass from Steve Rucchin midway
through the first.
Anaheim C Rob Niedermayer returned to the lineup after
missing 12 games with a groin injury. ... Weekes started his 17th
straight game. ... Salei's goal was his first short-handed score in
471 career games. ... Cole has gone 21 games without a goal, and
nine without a point.
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Arena: PNC Arena Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Referees: Stephane Auger, Chris Rooney Linesmen: Pierre Champoux, Pat Dapuzzo
Attendance: 13,379 (71.4% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Andy McDonald (7)
Assists: Steve Rucchin, Rob Niedermayer
Rod Brind'Amour (4)
Assists: Radim Vrbata, Marty Murray
Ruslan Salei (2)
(Shorthanded) Assist: Samuel Pahlsson
Sergei Fedorov (13)
(Power Play) Assist: Keith Carney