1/23/97 -- 4:58 AM

Devils-Mighty Ducks


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - It's like money in the bank for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks when Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya each cash in on the same night.

The Ducks are 8-0 when their two most potent offensive threats have scored goals in the same game, including a 5-0 mark this season. They kept that streak intact Wednesday night in a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

``If you don't stop those guys, you're not going to win the game,'' Devils forward Dave Andreychuk said. ``You've got to be cautious out there against them because they make so many good passes.

``They go through the neutral zone very quick. That's where we usually shut teams down, but they've obviously watched tapes and they've seen how to break it.''

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. They both have scored in each of Anaheim's last three victories.

``Paul and Teemu have to score,'' Ducks coach Ron Wilson said after his team's fourth victory in five games. ``When they do score, we're successful. They know it and so do the rest of the guys.''

After Brian Rolston gave New Jersey the lead just 18 seconds after the opening faceoff, Selanne tied it nine minutes into the first period with his 26th goal.

He got a perfect feed from Kariya, who found him at the edge of the crease with a pass from the right corner while defenseman Shawn Chambers arrived at the net a step too late.

``Paul knows where I'm going to be, so I'm expecting that pass,'' said Selanne, who has scored in eight of his last 11 games. ``He can see the ice so well, I just try to find some room in front of the net.''

Four days after Selanne, Kariya and goalie Guy Hebert pulled off their All-Star jerseys, Ducks management presented them with the sweaters in glass-enclosed frames. But before they got to take them home, the frames went on display at Anaheim Arena for the sellout crowd of 17,174 to admire.

After Rolston's goal, the Devils then spent the rest of the night admiring the players who represented the Ducks at San Jose on Saturday night.

``They have a line that's one of the top lines in the league, with a lot of speed and finesse, so you've got to be able to check them,'' Devils coach Jacques Lemaire said. ``As soon as one of their defensemen gets the puck, Kariya is gone. So you have to keep an eye on him so that you don't get caught flatfooted.''

Less than 10 minutes after Jari Kurri's eighth goal gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead, Selanne earned his 400th NHL point with an assist on Kariya's 17th goal with 5:34 left in the second.

Dmitri Mironov took a pass in the slot from Selanne and slipped the puck to the right of the net, where Kariya beat rookie goalie Mike Dunham high to the glove side for his 17th goal.

``Paul's our captain now, so gets has to take more responsibility on and off the ice,'' said Joe Sacco, who left the game in the second period with bruised ribs. ``He's our leader and we look for him in certain situations.

``He leads by example on the ice. He's not much of a talker and not much of a motivator. He will say his peace once in a while when he has to, but he does his leading on the ice.''

Rolston's 15th goal ended a streak of 10 consecutive games in which the Ducks had scored first, and marked the 32nd time this season that the Devils have drawn first blood.

But Hebert stopped New Jersey's final 40 shots and finished with 41 saves - two of them on breakaways by Bill Guerin, who leads the Devils with 17 goals.

``I think their guys were testing me because they saw me in the breakaway competition last weekend and they saw me make a couple of saves,'' Hebert said, referring to the All-Star skills competition. ``Sometimes, one save makes a difference in the game, and I'm glad I could make the saves tonight.''

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