McDonald keeps scoring streak in victory

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya flourished
when they were linemates with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Now it's
Andy McDonald combining with Selanne to form one of the best
tandems in the NHL.

McDonald scored his sixth goal in six games and Selanne had two
assists for the Ducks, who welcomed Kariya back to the Pond on
Tuesday night and held him to only three shots on net in a 4-1
victory over the Nashville Predators.

Jonathan Hedstrom and Scott Niedermayer scored on power plays
during the second period. Chris Kunitz got his first NHL goal on a
breakaway with 2:58 left and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 32 saves
for the Ducks, who have won four in a row and six straight on home
ice, tying a franchise record.

"This was a good confidence boost for us," Selanne said. "We
just outworked them. We played good on special teams, and Giguere
was outstanding again. Those are the things we need to win a lot of
games. Every night when your goalie gives you a chance to win, the
other players have to do the rest."

Kariya and Selanne, the top two scorers in Mighty Ducks history,
have faced each other 20 times -- and both players have scored nine
goals. They each had a hat trick on March 29, 2001, at San Jose,
when Selanne and the Sharks beat Kariya and the Ducks 7-4.

"You always have to be careful when Paul is on the ice and you
always have to pay attention to him because he's a quick guy,"
Giguere said. "He wants to do good against us, and I'm just glad
we were able to shut him out tonight. But it's too bad that people
were booing him. He had nine good years here."

Kariya still holds Anaheim's club records for career goals,
points, assists and games. Since leaving as a free agent after the
2002-03 season he has played four games against the Ducks, getting
a goal and two assists. Selanne has an 11-9 advantage in the
won-loss column.

"Only 11-9? I should be like 14-5," Selanne said with a laugh.
"That's a good stat. I'm going to let him know. Playing against
him is not as new as it was before, but it's always nice because
we're very good friends. It's nicer to play with him, but it's also
fun to play against him. I know pretty well what he's going to do
before he even does it, so it's kind of funny."

Kariya, whose teams are 2-2 in the head-to-head duels against
Selanne, missed two other matchups while with Colorado because of a
sprained right wrist. On Oct. 8 at Nashville, the Predators beat
the Ducks 3-2 with Kariya scoring the only goal in a shootout.

But this time, Yanic Perreault's 200th NHL goal couldn't prevent
Nashville's third straight loss following an 8-0-0 start.

McDonald tied the score 1-all just 17 seconds after the first
intermission. He took a pass off the left boards from Todd Fedoruk
just before reaching the Nashville blue line, outraced center David
Legwand down the ice and backhanded the puck between Tomas Vokoun's
pads from the edge of the crease.

Hedstrom put Anaheim ahead 2-1 less than five minutes later
while Legwand was serving a hooking penalty. McDonald had the puck
in the right circle, stickhandled toward the middle and took a
20-foot wrist shot that glanced off Hedstrom's stick and trickled
through Vokoun's legs.

Selanne earned his 966th NHL point with an assist on Hedstrom's
goal, edging past Maurice "Rocket" Richard into 73rd place on the
career list.

Selanne got another assist at 18:58 of the second when he set up
Niedermayer's one-timer at the right side of the net, which
fluttered over Vokoun's left shoulder and gave the Ducks a 3-1
lead. The goal came while Scott Hartnell was off for
cross-checking, giving Anaheim nine power-play goals in its last
four games.

"We took bad penalties and didn't capitalize on our power
play," Kariya said. "We lost the special-teams battle. If you
look at the teams that are winning, they're killing penalties and
they've got their power play going. Their power play's going really
good, and I think that's been the key to their success of late."

On the other end, the Ducks did not allow a power-play goal for
the first time in 13 games this season. The Predators were 0-for-7
with the man advantage.

Game notes
The NHL may have set an attendance record for October with
an average of 16,820 per game, but it didn't get much help from the
Ducks -- who averaged 12,781 in their final five home games last
month at the 17,174-seat Pond after selling out their home opener.
Tuesday night's crowd was just 11,690 despite Kariya's return. ...
This is the third time the Ducks have swept a four-game homestand.
The common thread in all three streaks were victories against St.
Louis. ... The Predators have been outshot in each of their last
nine games, including a 35-33 margin by the Ducks.