ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Paul Kariya returns to Anaheim
with the surging Colorado Avalanche for the first time Friday
when they visit the Mighty Ducks.
Kariya missed the Avalanche's first two games in Anaheim, where
he spent the first nine seasons of his career. The fourth
overall selection by the Mighty Ducks in the 1993 draft, Kariya
is the franchise's all-time leader in goals (300) and assists
Colorado is 4-0-2 in its last six games and 8-1-2 in the last 11
games, scoring 40 goals during than span.
Alex Tanguay continued his hot stretch with a goal in Thursday's
3-3 tie in Los Angeles. Peter Forsberg added an assist to
extend his points streak to 11, with five in the last two
Colorado also is riding a seven-game road unbeaten streak
(5-0-2). Tanguay has eight goals in that run.
Anaheim has just two wins in the new year and is coming off
back-to-back losses to archrival Los Angeles. Steve Rucchin had
a pair of goals in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Kings.
Colorado has won two of three low-scoring contests with Anaheim
this season. Kariya faced his former team for the first time in
Denver on January 13 and scored in a 3-1 victory for the