Red Wings 4, Mighty Ducks 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Shaun Van Allen assisted on two goals by Todd Krygier and two power-play goals by rookie Paul Kariya, including the equalizer midway through the third period, as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks tied the Detroit Red Wings 4-4 Thursday night.
Defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov, who was on the ice for Anaheim’s first three goals, scored his first of the season 54 seconds into the third period to put Detroit ahead for the only time at 4-3. But his costly tripping penalty led to Kariya’s second goal and seventh of the season.
Kariya _ the only NHL rookie to lead his team in points prior to Van Allen’s club-record four assists _ took Van Alen’s feed from behind the net and beat Mike Vernon low to the glove side with 9:56 to play.
Kariya’s two goals came against a penalty-killing unit that had led the NHL with a 88.6 efficiency rating and had killed off 42 of its previous 44 shorthanded situations _ including 15 in a row.
The Ducks nearly won it in the first minute of overtime. Patrik Carnback stole the puck from Detroit defenseman Bob Rouse at the red line and carried it into the Red Wings zone. He fed a nice drop pass to Kariya, who hit the right post with a snap shot from about 25 feet.
The Red Wings trailed 3-1 after Krygier scored his second goal of the game and fifth of the season with 3:06 left in the opening period.
Nicklas Lidstrom tied the score 3-3 at 5:17 of the second period with his fifth goal, converting Keith Primeau’s pass from behind the net less than five minutes after Primeau returned from a 10-minute misconduct. The scoring play began when Van Allen was stripped of the puck in the neutral zone by Dino Ciccarelli.
The Ducks, who entered the game with only three goals on 81 shots in their previous 10 periods, led Detroit 3-2 through the first 20 minutes despite taking only seven shots against Vernon. Kariya opened the scoring at the 3:16 mark with Paul Coffey serving a holding penalty, before Krygier connected twice in a span of 8 1/2 minutes to snap a 1-1 tie.
Steve Yzerman narrowed the gap to 3-2 only 29 seconds after Krygier’s second goal. He converted a pass from Martin Lapointe at the 17:23 mark for his seventh goal and third in two games following a career-high 15-game goal-scoring drought.