Hebert, Ducks Shutout Bruins

New coach Craig Hartsburg got to see a vintage performance by the Mighty Ducksin his first game in Anaheim.

Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne, who formed the NFL's highest-scoring duo two seasons ago, clicked for one goal and Guy Hebert shut out Boston in a 3-0 victory Wednesday night.

"That's probably the best game we've played (this season)," said Kariya, playing a regular-season game on home ice for the first time since a concussion ended his season last Feb. 1. "We played really solid offensively, didn't make many mistakes and kept the puck moving ahead.

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"Guy played terrific and everything started falling into place."

Hartsburg, who took over after Pierre Page was fired following a disappointing 1997-98 season, liked what he saw in the Mighty Ducks' home opener.

"We played a simple, smart game," Hartsburg said. ``The fans were great, the atmosphere was great. We've got to continue to build on that, and we can do that by winning."

Kariya and Fredrik Olausson scored power-play goals less than minute apart in the second period to open the game up.

Hebert, the only player who has spent every season with the Mighty Ducks since they came into the NHL in 1993, got his first shutout of the year and 17th of his career.

Back after having surgery on his right shoulder last April, Hebert stopped 26 shots and got a break when Ray Bourque's blast from the left point bounced off the post midway through the third period.

Rookie defenseman Mike Crowley assisted on all three Anaheim goals.

The Mighty Ducks, looking rested after a five-day break in their schedule, got off 15 firstperiod shots against Bruins goalie Byron Dafoe, who made a string of fine saves until Jim McKenzie poked a rebound past him at 19:13 for his first goal of the season.

Kariya gave the Ducks a two-goal lead at 14:51 of the second period. With Anaheim holding a two-man advantage, Kariya parked by the right side of the crease and batted in a pass from Selanne for his third goal of the season.

Olausson increased the lead at 15:42 when, with the Ducks holding a man advantage, he slammed a 20-foot slap shot past Dafoe on the glove side.

"We were kind of hanging in the game and then Kariya's goal really hurt us," Boston defenseman Dave Ellett said. "We gave up another one right after that and that was pretty much it.

"It could have been worse, but Byron made some pretty good saves in the first period and we were lucky just to be down 1-0."

Bruins coach Pat Burns said: "We didn't pass the puck well, that's for sure. And when we did make a pass, we didn't help anybody out. We let everybody go by themselves."

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