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Mighty Ducks 3, Lightning 1

December 18, 2000

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Oleg Tverdovsky and Marty McInnis scored 38 seconds apart Sunday night to lead the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The victory was the third in a row for Anaheim, its first such streak of the season, and the second victory since Guy Charron was hired to replace Craig Hartsburg as the Ducks’ coach.

Anaheim scored twice in the first 2:33 of the second period to take a 2-1 lead.

Tverdovsky took a feed from Tony Hrkac behind the Tampa net and lofted the puck over Lightning goaltender Dan Cloutier for a power play goal 1:55 into the period. Paul Kariya also assisted.

McInnis then swatted in a rebound of Pavel Trnka’s shot. Matt Cullen also was credited with an assist.

The Lightning went ahead 1-0 at 17:39 of the first period on the 10th goal of the year by center Brad Richards, the league’s top-scoring rookie.

With Trnka caught in the Tampa zone, Richards and Fredrik Modin broke up ice on a two-on-one. Richards cut around Anaheim defender Jason Marshall before sending a wrist shot past goaltender Guy Hebert. Maxim Galanov and Andrei Zyuzin assisted on the goal.

Hrkac added an unassisted empty net goal with 20 seconds to play.

The Ducks replaced Hartsburg with Charron, who had been an Anaheim assistant coach, on Thursday night. In his first game behind the Ducks’ bench on Friday, Anaheim beat the New York Rangers 6-4.

Notes: McInnis’ goal was his 100th point with the Mighty Ducks. ... Anaheim’s Jim Cummins was playing in his 400th NHL game. ... The second-period assist by Kariya continued a three-game streak in which he has assisted on at least one Anaheim goal. ... Tampa Bay’s Richards was the NHL rookie of the month for October.

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