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Havelid scores game-winner in OT

1/31/2004

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Mighty Ducks had no problem staying
focused, even with Paul Kariya making his long-awaited return to
Anaheim.

Sergei Fedorov scored the tying goal with 46 seconds left in the
third period and assisted on the winner by Niclas Havelid in
overtime, sending the Ducks past the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 Friday
night.

"We started the game with a lot of confidence," Fedorov said.
"We were skating well as a group and going pretty hard. We matched
up well against their top lines and when we had chances against
them, we scored. We're excited about this win and we should build
on it."

Vaclav Prospal and Steve Rucchin also scored for the Ducks, who
ended Colorado's seven-game road unbeaten streak. The NHL-leading
Avalanche got goals from Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Steve
Konowalchuk, who has 13 goals and 10 assists in 47 games since he
was obtained in a trade with Washington on Oct. 22.

Kariya, Anaheim's captain during seven of his eight seasons with
the team, signed with Colorado on July 3 as an unrestricted free
agent for $1.2 million -- just 24 days after Anaheim lost Game 7 of
the Stanley Cup finals to New Jersey.

Kariya got his first look at the Western Conference championship
banner he helped earn with six goals and six assists in the
playoffs. He didn't accompany the Avalanche during their previous
visit to the Pond because of an injured wrist that sidelined him
for 31 games. But he played against the Ducks on Jan. 13 in Denver
and scored a goal to help the Avalanche win 3-1.

"There was a lot of energy in the building, and it's fun to
play games like that," Kariya said. "The game was very physical
and there was a lot of emotion. I didn't hear the booing. Once the
game starts, you're focusing on plays on the ice, not what the fans
are doing. But I expected it, and it's part of the game."

The seven-time All-Star had two assists and was booed by the
sellout crowd of 17,174 every time he touched the puck. Former
Ducks forward Teemu Selanne, who beat Anaheim with an overtime goal
on Nov. 18 at Denver, also received his share of boos.

Kariya went behind the net to set up Konowalchuk's goal 47
seconds after the second intermission, then started the play that
led to Sakic's redirection of a long pass from Rob Blake with 4:50
left in regulation.

Havelid ended it with 1:21 to go in overtime with a one-timer
from 45 feet out after getting a return pass from Petr Sykora, who
was stopped on a breakaway by David Aebischer midway through the
extra period. The goal came on a power play, after Martin Skoula
hooked Sykora crossing the Colorado blue line.

The Ducks got even less than three minutes after Forsberg opened
the scoring at 11:16 of the second period. Sykora hooked Skoula
behind the net and took the puck away before setting up Prospal in
front for his 13th goal and seventh in seven games, following a
17-game drought.

"He hasn't been doing anything differently," teammate Keith
Carney said. "Vinny's a very gifted player offensively, and we
need him to continue that. We need the guys who are goal scorers to
put the puck in the net and find ways to create more offense."

Rucchin put Anaheim in front 2-1 at 18:31 of the second while
Konowalchuk was off for high-sticking. The Ducks' captain converted
Fedorov's centering pass for his 13th goal and third in two games --
after getting only one in his previous 29 contests.

Sakic came within a split-second of scoring at the end of the
first period, but his short wrist shot crossed the goal line just
after time expired. Kariya nearly had an assist on the play after
setting up Sakic in the slot.

The Avalanche received a scare about seven minutes into the
second period when Selanne was hit in the leg by Blake's slap shot
and crumpled to the ice. But he made it to the dressing room under
his own power and returned a few minutes later.

Game notes
Kariya and Selanne have played 20 games together since
joining the Avalanche and haven't scored goals in the same game yet
-- something they did 59 times as teammates in Anaheim. The
Avalanche are 11-4-2-3 when both are in the lineup. ... Colorado RW
Dan Hinote did not play on his 27th birthday because of dizziness.
D Adam Foote also was scratched because of migraines. ... Anaheim C
Rob Niedermayer was scratched after aggravating a groin injury in
Wednesday's overtime loss to the Kings and isn't expected to play
again until after the All-Star break. ... Kariya had two shots on
goal in 22 minutes of ice time.