Originally created 11/20/00

Mighty Ducks top Islanders 2-1



ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Teemu Selanne had a goal and an assist Sunday night to lead the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders, who lost their fifth straight.

Selanne snapped a 1-1 tie with his 10th goal, at 14:49 of the second period. Mike Leclerc slid a pass across the slot to Selanne, whose 15-footer beat goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck.

Vanbiesbrouck gloved the puck, but as he fell backward, it dropped from his glove and trickled across the goal line.

The Islanders, going through a miserable stretch on the power play, went 0-for-4 and haven't scored in their last 28 opportunities spanning seven games.

They had a man advantage for four minutes in the third period against the Ducks but couldn't cash it in.

Anaheim's Ruslan Salei attempted a one-timer from the left point, but broke his stick. Mariusz Czerkawski took off the other way with the puck and was hauled down at the Ducks' blue line by Salei -- who got an additional penalty for continuing to play with his broken stick.

But New York got off only one shot during the four minutes, and Leclerc nearly had a shorthanded goal after taking the puck off Roman Hamrlik's stick deep in the Islanders' zone.

It took Paul Kariya just 1:24 to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead, with the help of an elbowing penalty on Brad Isbister and a slashing call on Tim Connolly. The two New York penalties, both in the first minute, gave the Mighty Ducks a two-man advantage.

Kariya beat Vanbiesbrouck with a backhander from the middle of the right circle 27 seconds into the five-on-three for his seventh goal.

The Islanders came back to tie it 1« minutes later when Mats Lindgren skated down on a breakaway to score a shorthanded goal, beating Guy Hebert at close range for his second goal of the season.

Hebert stopped 21 shots, and Vanbiesbrouck 29.

Notes: The Islanders are without a captain for the third time in their history. Kenny Jonsson, who had worn the "C" for 13 months resigned as the captain by mutual agreement with coach Butch Goring. ... Unlike other pro teams visiting from New York, the Islanders do not boost attendance when they play in Southern California. The crowd for Sunday's game at Anaheim was 13,047. The Islanders also aren't drawing well at home, with two crowds under 7,000 this season. ... Lindgren's shorthanded goal was New York's fifth of the season. ... While Anaheim coach Craig Hartsburg is using Kariya and Selanne on separate lines until the injured Steve Rucchin returns, Kariya and Selanne are teamed up on power-play opportunities, and Selanne assisted on Kariya's goal against New York. ... Rucchin is expected to be out for at least three weeks with a broken nose and cheekbone.