"It was different for sure," Kariya said. "You don't spend
nine years playing with guys and not feel different. Going against
them was a strange experience.
"But once the game starts and you play a couple of shifts, it's
hockey as usual."
Before signing a free-agent contract with Colorado last July,
Kariya starred for nine seasons with Anaheim. He's the Mighty
Ducks' career leader in goals and assists.
Colorado had played Anaheim twice previously this season, but
Kariya was sidelined with a sprained right wrist both times.
Referring to Kariya, Anaheim defenseman Keith Carney said it was
"tough to see him in another uniform. I was fortunate to play with
him. He is a great player and teammate. It was sad to see him play
against us. He meant a lot to the Ducks. He gave a lot to this
Kariya has three goals and two assists in five games since
returning from his injury.
"Five games he's been back and it was his third goal,"
Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. "Obviously, he hasn't lost his
touch or his hunger around the net. It was good to see him put in a
Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake had a goal and an assist apiece for
Colorado, 7-0-0-1 in its last eight games. Colorado remained two
points behind Vancouver in the Northwest Division after the Canucks
beat Phoenix 4-1.
"Penalty killing was very strong for us again," Granato said,
"and the power play chipped in two goals. All in all, it was a very
Anaheim is winless in its last seven games (0-4-3-0).
"Night after night, the chances we get are unbelievable and
the goals we score are nil," Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. "We
created chances we didn't finish."
Despite being outshot 11-9 in the first period, Colorado took a
After an Anaheim turnover, Forsberg scored at 5:38. Forsberg
brought the puck down the right side, passed to Alex Tanguay in the
slot and took a return pass, beating Giguere from just inside the
Blake, who left the game in the third period with a sprained
left thumb, added a power-play goal at 8:29 on a long shot past a
Anaheim had a number of prime scoring opportunities in the
period, including Carney's shot that hit the post.
Kariya had the lone goal of the second period, punching in a
rebound on a power play at 5:30.
Anaheim had a four-minute power play when Peter Worrell went off
on a double-minor for unsportsmanlike conduct and roughing, but the
Mighty Ducks couldn't convert, getting just one shot.
Anaheim outshot Colorado 14-1 in the third period, and
Sergei Fedorov got the lone goal, scoring from the left circle at
Kariya leads Anaheim in goals (300), assists (369), points
(669) and several other categories, and he holds or shares 55
franchise records. ... Avs forward Teemu Selanne returned after
missing one game with a stiff neck. ... Giguere is 0-3-2-0 over the
last seven games. ... Colorado, which boasts the NHL's No. 1 power
play, has scored at least one power-play goal in seven straight
games and has 13 power-play goals in 33 chances (39.4 percent) over
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Attendance: 18,007 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Peter Forsberg (8)
Assists: Alex Tanguay, Derek Morris
Rob Blake (10)
(Power Play) Assists: Peter Forsberg, Alex Tanguay
Paul Kariya (6)
(Power Play) Assists: Rob Blake, John-Michael Liles