Devils-Mighty Ducks,ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Four days after Paul Kariya, linemate Teemu Selanne and goalie Guy Hebert pulled off their All-Star jerseys, the Mighty Ducks presented them with the sweaters in glass-enclosed frames.
The frames went on display at Anaheim Arena for the sellout crowd to admire prior to Wednesday night's 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. And fittingly, all three players played prominent roles.
Hebert made 41 saves while Kariya and Selanne scored in the same game for the fifth time this season and eighth time altogether - improving the Ducks' record to 8-0 in that department.
``They're the horses,'' teammate Brian Bellows said. ``They play probably 25-27 minutes a game and they do carry the offense. When they go out there, they're in high gear all the time. But it's important that the rest of us chip in some goals here and there, because you can't afford to go to the well all the time.''
Stubborn forechecking by the Ducks led to the go-ahead goal by Jari Kurri less than five minutes into the second period. Karpa was pinching along the left boards inside the New Jersey line and sent the puck behind the net to Bellows, who fed Kurri in front for his eighth goal. It ended Kurri's seven-game drought and gave Anaheim a 2-1 lead.
``I think it was the first opportunity our line had to get the puck in deep,'' Bellows said. ``I want to play a power game, and that's the way to do it - get the puck down low and work it around the net. I knew Jari would be sitting out there waiting for a pass.''
Less than 10 minutes later, Dmitri Mironov took a pass in the slot from Selanne and slipped the puck to the right of the net, where Kariya beat rookie goaltender Mike Dunham high to the glove side for his 17th goal. Selanne's assist was his 400th career point in 304 NHL games.
The Devils got the first goal of the game for a league-leading 32nd time as Rolston scored his 15th of the season. It ended a streak of 10 consecutive games in which the Ducks had scored first, but they tied the game at 8:57 on Selanne's 26th goal and eighth in 11 games.
Kariya found Selanne at the edge of the crease with a pass from the right corner, as defenseman Shawn Chambers arrived at the net a step too late. The Ducks have gotten their first goal from either Selanne or Kariya in 12 of their last 29 games, with each doing it six times.
``Paul and Teemu have to score,'' coach Ron Wilson said. ``When they do score, we're successful. They know it and so do the rest of the guys.''
Defenseman David Karpa had two assists for the Ducks, who shrugged off Brian Rolston's goal just 18 seconds after the opening faceoff and earned their fourth victory in five games behind Hebert's acrobatics in net.
``He's playing with a lot of confidence,'' Devils forward Dave Andreychuk said of Hebert. ``When he lacks confidence, he sits back in his net. Now he's coming out and challenging, and he's in the right position. We had some real good chances that could have turned the game around.''
Bill Guerin, the Devils' leading goal-scorer, found himself on a breakaway after the puck glanced off the stick of a diving Warren Rychel as the Ducks' forward tried to keep the puck in at the Devils' blueline. But Hebert stopped Guerin's bid for his 18th goal with 11:08 left in the second period as Guerin went for the glove side.
Guerin, who had eight goals in his previous 10 games, was frustrated again on a breakaway with about 12 minutes left in the third period as Hebert flicked out his glove to keep Guerin's wrist shot from going into the top right corner.
``You're always disappointed when you get chances and you don't score,'' Devils coach Jacques Lemaire said. ``We played well enough to win, but we couldn't buy a goal against Hebert. I haven't seen this kid play a lot, but he's a real good goaltender.''
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