Ducks Skate By Chicago

Paul Kariya reached the 400-point mark with an assist on Frederick Olausson's goal during a two-man advantage as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks beat Chicago 4-2 on Friday night.

Steve Rucchin outhustled two Chicago defenseman to score from behind the net, Niclas Havelid recorded his first NHL goal, and Marty McInnis also scored for the Ducks, 9-3-3 in their last 15 games against Chicago.

Tony Amonte extended his goal-scoring streak to five games with his 10th of the season, and Doug Gilmour also scored for the Blackhawks, 1-5 in their last six games.

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  • For the second consecutive game, the Ducks took the lead less than a minute after one of their players got into a fight and on a play in which the opponent's goalie made an ill-advised play behind the net.

    Stu Grimson and Chicago's Brad Brown were in the penalty box when Jocelyn Thibault left his crease to play the puck and casually left it for his defense to start a rush. But Rucchin came flying in out of nowhere, sped between the stunned duo of Sylvain Cote and Bryan McCabe and banked the puck in off Thibault's left leg.

    Grimson, who had 610 penalty minutes and just three goals in three seasons with the Blackhawks, recorded his own unique brand of "hat trick." He got into three fights ad earned an automatic game misconduct. The last two were against Chicago right wing Ryan VandenBussche.

    Havelid, a 26-year-old defenseman from Sweden whom the Ducks took in the third round of the June draft, made it 3-1 at 6:20 of the second period. He got a pass from behind the net from Jeff Nielsen and beat Thibault to the glove side with a one-timer from 20 feet out in the slot.

    Kariya, playing in his 322nd NHL game, became the first player in Ducks history to reach the 400-point mark when he shook off a check by McCabe and went behind the net before setting up Olausson's 25-foot slap shot from the right circle 61 seconds before the second intermission.

    Amonte opened the scoring with his 10th goal, pouncing on a loose puck near the crease and jamming it under Guy Hebert with his second whack. Hebert stopped 30 shots, including all 14 he faced in the second period.

    McInnis tied the score less than 1 1/2 minutes later, beating Thibault from the top of the right circle after getting a diagonal cross-ice feed from Mike LeClerc.

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