Mighty Ducks 2, Avalanche 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ When Patrick Roy is on his game, he leaves little room for error. David Karpa found some, however.
Karpa scored his first shorthanded goal in the NHL to snap a scoreless tie late in the second period, and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim went on to beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Wednesday night.
``We know Patrick Roy likes to go down and then just basically make you try to beat him up top,″ Ducks goalie Guy Hebert said. ``Dave was real patient and did what he had to do. I think you could see from Patrick’s reaction that he thought he had everything covered. It was just a great shot that beat him.″
Karpa’s third goal of the season came with 2:16 left in the period and 20 seconds remaining on an interference penalty against Anaheim’s Jason York. It was the 11th goal surrendered this season by Colorado while on the power play.
Paul Kariya worked the puck free from Sandish Ozolinsh at the Colorado blue line, made a slick move to stickhandle around Joe Sakic and found Karpa all alone in front of the net with Roy at his mercy. Karpa measured the six-time All-Star goalie before flipping the puck over his glove and inside the right post for his fourth goal in 66 games with Anaheim.
``I saw Paul beat his man and he made a beautiful pass right on my tape,″ Karpa said. ``Roy really stayed poised. He slid over real slow, and I was thinking about going to my backhand. But he stayed there and all he left me was that little shelf.″
If Karpa didn’t know where to shoot against Roy before, all he had to do was ask Hebert. The Ducks goalie has closely followed the three-time Vezina Trophy winner’s career since 1984, when Roy made his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens and Hebert was playing for Hamilton College.
``He’s one of my idols,″ said Hebert, who outdueled Roy with 39 saves. ``In college, I had pictures of him on my wall. It’s a big thrill to play against him. He’s a guy who’s done so much for the position of goaltender. You get excited when you play against him.″
Roy has won 297 NHL games and another 70 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He leads all all active goalies in shutouts and needs one more to become the 27th NHL player to post at least 30 in a career.
``Maybe Patrick brings out the best in us,″ said Hebert, who also beat Roy 3-2 in overtime with 31 saves on Nov. 8 at Montreal. ``When you see a goaltender like that, everybody has something to prove, from myself on out. Obviously, there’s not too many guys who win 300 games. I haven’t even played 300 games.″
Making his 12th consecutive start, Hebert stopped all 14 shots in the second period by the NHL’s second-highest scoring team. He lost his bid for his sixth career shutout when Sakic slapped his 32nd goal between his stick hand and the left post with 7:52 remaining.
The only other puck that eluded Hebert came on a screened shot from high in the slot by Sakic 27 seconds after the first intermission. But referee Kerry Fraser waved it off because the net was slightly off its moorings.
The Ducks matched their best offensive output of the season against Colorado’s Jocelyn Thibeault in a 7-3 rout in their previous meeting on Nov. 15. But they found it much tougher to penetrate Roy, who came to the Avalanche in the multi-player deal that sent Thibeault to Montreal.
But Karpa’s third goal of the season and Kariya’s 27h helped the Ducks win for the third time in five games and second time in three meetings this season with the Pacific Division leaders.
Kariya gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead, beating Roy through a screen from 30 feet in front during a five-on-three power play. The goal, which followed staggered cross-checking penalties to Curtis Leschyshyn and Craig Wolanin, had Roy so frustrated that he shoved the net off its moorings with both hands.
``We came up against a team that was ready to play,″ Sakic said. ``They’re a tough team, and they’re especially tough when they have the lead.″