Penguins 5, Mighty Ducks 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Martin Straka scored three goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-2 victory over the Mighty Ducks as NHL hockey debuted in Anaheim on Saturday night.
Much of the crowd of 16,673 at the Anaheim Arena was dressed in Mighty Ducks’ T-shirts and caps. In some cases, entire families wore the team’s black and teal colors.
The expansion franchise owned by the Walt Disney Co. didn’t give its fans much to cheer about until the third period. That was when defenseman Bobby Dollas scored the Mighty Ducks’ first-ever goal, bringing the crowd to its feet even though the home team trailed 4-1.
Center Terry Yake scored the Mighty Ducks’ other goal with 3:58 remaining in the game. Anaheim failed to connect on six power-play chances.
Pittsburgh’s Straka scored just three goals in 42 games last season. But the 21-year-old center made the most of his opportunity to play with winger Jaromir Jagr, who assisted on Straka’s hat trick.
Ron Francis gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with 46 seconds remaining in the first period on a power-play goal. Straka scored in the second period on another power play.
Straka scored twice in the third period to give Pittsburgh a 4-0 lead. Mike Stapleton scored Pittsburgh’s other goal.
Marty McSorley, whose illegal stick cost the Los Angeles Kings a chance to win the Stanley Cup last season, returned to Southern California for the first time since being traded last month to Pittsburgh.
McSorley received a warm welcome on his first shift, and the crowd cheered wildly when he got into a first-period fight with Anaheim’s Todd Ewen.
Later, McSorley fought with Mighty Ducks’ enforcer Stu Grimson and got booed.