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Late goal lifts Mighty Ducks into tie with Canadiens

10/30/2002

MONTREAL (AP) -- Keith Carney didn't mind losing his first career two-goal game.

Carney scored with less than 5 minutes left in the third period to lift the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to a 2-2 tie with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Carney was originally credited with Anaheim's first goal, which was awarded to Matt Cullen after a scoring change following the game.

Trailing 2-1, Mighty Ducks center Steve Rucchin passed to Carney, who was left alone in the slot and fired a shot along the ice between goalie Jeff Hackett's pads with 4:52 remaining.

"It happened because it was kind of a broken play,'' Carney said. "Steve Rucchin tried to make a pass earlier and it went off of one of their players' skates and right back to him. It was a fortunate bounce for us and I just happened to be in the right place, at the right time.''

The Mighty Ducks, who lost 5-2 in Toronto the night before, have
two wins and three ties in 10 games.

"Was that the same group we had last night?'' Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. "It's not the opposition -- it's us.''

Oleg Petrov and Mariusz Czerkawski scored for Montreal, which has won two and tied three of its last six games.

Hackett, who started his second game in a row after replacing NHL MVP Jose Theodore midway through Thursday's 6-2 loss in Philadelphia, stopped 31 of 33 shots to remain undefeated in four starts this season.

"It was kind of a weird game,'' Hackett said. "We were hoping to hang on there. I thought we had a great third period and we could have easily got the win.''

Hackett stopped all of Anaheim's 17 shots in the second,
including a pad save on Petr Sykora's one-timer from the slot to
maintain the one-goal lead. He tied a team record with 23 saves in
the first period Saturday, when he stopped 45 of Ottawa's 48 total
shots.

"I feel very, very good,'' said Hackett, who dislocated his shoulder twice while missing most of last season. "I feel right on top of my game.''

A healthy scratch for Saturday's 5-3 win over the Senators -- ending a streak of 222 consecutive games -- Czerkawski assisted on Petrov's goal before scoring his second of the season late in the first.

Canadiens defenseman Stephane Quintal dislocated his right middle finger during a fight with Mighty Ducks left wing Kevin Sawyer 6:18 in.

"I heard him say that he broke his finger or whatever so I kind of stopped, and he put it right in front of my face,'' Sawyer said. "It caught me right off guard -- bent right backwards. It shocked me. I let go and he took off.''

Quintal returned to the game and took his place in the penalty box moments later after having his finger reset by team physician Dr. Vincent Lacroix.

"It was gross,'' said Quintal, who played 18:48, mostly with torn ligaments in his finger. "It was completely dislocated. (Sawyer) looked at my finger and stopped the fight there. When I got to the penalty box, I thanked him for stopping. What else could I do?''

Andy McDonald and Jason Krog were stopped by Hackett on successive shots midway through the first.

Petrov opened the scoring with his first of the season on a
power play 16:07 in as he wristed Doug Gilmour's rebound off a
goal-mouth scramble into the open right side of the net.

The Mighty Ducks drew even just 1:20 later as Cullen tied it
with his third of the season at 17:27.

Czerkawski made it a short-lived lead when he backhanded a shot
from a severe angle over goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere's left
shoulder and just inside the right post to restore the Canadiens'
one-goal lead.

Game notes
Anaheim ends its five-game road trip in Boston on Thursday.
... The Canadiens have been outshot in five of their last six
games. ... Canadiens captain Saku Koivu had his six-game point
streak snapped. Koivu had three goals and five assists during the
streak. ... Canadiens RW Donald Audette was a healthy scratch.
Audette failed to get a point in Montreal's first eight games.