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Winger's OT goal plucks Ducks

11/18/2003

DENVER (AP) -- For the second time in a week, Teemu Selanne
punished one of his former teams.

Selanne scored with 1:49 left in overtime, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Tuesday night.

Selanne had the winning goal against another of his former
teams, San Jose, in a 4-3 victory last Tuesday night.

"It's a great feeling to score against your old team," said
Selanne, who played parts of six seasons (1996-2001) with Anaheim.

"There is still a special feeling. A lot of my friends are
still there. So it's not really revenge. There are a lot of things
to think about when you play against your ex-team. You get too
emotional. I tried to think about it as a normal game."

Selanne took a pass from Rob Blake and beat goalie
Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the slot for the winner.

"The pass from Blake was great," Selanne said, "and so was
the play by Niko [Andrei Nikolishin] to keep the puck in.

"What a relief. I had missed a great scoring chance in the
second period. I haven't had much luck scoring so far. I know the
chances have to go in sooner or later."

It was Selanne's fifth goal of the season.

Blake said he turned the corner and looked left.

"I knew there was somebody over there," he said. "I didn't
know who it was. But when you put it on his stick, you know it's
going to be in the net. He's hungry. You will see him put a lot of
those in."

Colorado's Adam Foote and Anaheim's Vaclav Prospal scored just
1:26 apart late in the third period to send the game into overtime.

Colorado's David Aebischer had 24 saves and took over the NHL
lead in wins with 10. Giguere had 38 saves.

The loss snapped Anaheim's three-game winning streak.

The Avalanche were without two of their top forwards -- Peter Forsberg and former Anaheim star Paul Kariya -- because of injuries.

"I thought Aebischer made a lot of good saves, but Giguere was
phenomenal," Mighty Ducks coach Mike Babcock said. "Any way you
look at it, he stole us a point."

Colorado, 6-0-1-1 in its last eight games, outshot Anaheim 10-8
in the scoreless first period. Giguere nearly made a mistake early
in the game, coming far out of the goal to play the puck and barely
beating Joe Sakic to it.

Giguere also had a nice sequence of saves, stopping Sakic and
then Milan Hejduk on a rebound.

The second period also was scoreless -- despite Colorado's 15-5
advantage in shots and a number of good scoring chances by both
teams.

Hejduk hit the post after a turnover in the Anaheim end on an
Avalanche power play early in the period.

After Giguere stopped Alex Tanguay on a breakaway, Selanne just
missed an open net on a shot that slid behind Giguere through the
crease.

Aebischer later made a sprawling save without his stick on a
shot by Rob Niedermayer.

Foote put Colorado ahead 1-0 with a shot from the right point at
14:21 of the third period. Prospal countered from the slot after
Petr Sykora stole the puck in the Colorado end.

Game notes
Forsberg missed his fourth straight game and seventh out of nine because of a groin/abdominal injury. ... Kariya remained sidelined with a sprained right wrist and failed to play against the team he played for in nine seasons. ... Anaheim defenseman Kurt Sauer missed his fourth straight game because of a sprained ankle. ... The Mighty Ducks wore their third (black) jerseys.