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Paul Kariya Paul Tetsuhiko Kariya (born October 16, 1974 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), is a professional ice hockey player who plays for the St. Louis Blues. Personal life and Teemu Selanne turned in world-class performances in their first trip to Tampa since the All-Star Game An all-star game is an exhibition game played by the best players in their sports league. The players are often chosen by a popular vote of fans of the sport and the game often occurs at the halfway point of the regular season, although this is not the case for some all-star games last month.
Kariya had two goals and an assist and Selanne added three assists as the Mighty Ducks
Mighty Ducks is a half-hour Disney animated series aired on ABC and The Disney Afternoon in the fall of 1996. Twenty-six episodes total were produced. beat Tampa Bay Tampa Bay, inlet of the Gulf of Mexico, 25 mi (40 km) long and 7 to 12 mi (11.3–19 km) wide, W Fla., separated from the Gulf by numerous small islands; it receives the Hillsborough River. St. 5-3 Friday night, handing the Lightning its sixth straight defeat.
``We didn't play a great game, but it was good enough to get the win,'' Kariya said. ``It's tough playing a wounded team. It wasn't like we played better than them - the power-play got a couple goals for us and we got timely goals.''
Goals by Matt Cullen Matthew "Matt" Cullen (born November 2, 1976 in Virginia, Minnesota) is a professional ice hockey centre who currently plays for the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL. He is the older brother of Detroit Red Wings player Mark Cullen. , Kariya, Steve Rucchin Steve Rucchin (born July 4, 1971 Thunder Bay, Ontario) is a centre who currently plays for the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League.
Rucchin played high school hockey for Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School in London, Ontario. and Fredrik Olausson put the Ducks up 4-2 after one period.
Selanne assisted on three of the first-period goals. The right wing has 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) over the past 13 games.
Kariya made it 5-2 at 16:01 of the second period with his team-best 23rd goal.
``Our guys were ready and focused. If we weren't ready, then I think we could have been in big trouble,'' Ducks coach Craig Hartsburg said. ``Right from the start, our best players were ready, had a lot of jump early and got our whole team going.''
Tampa Bay, outscored 30-8 during its current losing skid, got goals from Andrei Skopintsev, Vincent Lecavalier and Pavel Kubina. The Lightning, who lost 10-1 at Washington on Wednesday, have lost six-or-more consecutive games three times this season and have the NHL's worst-record at 11-36-4.
``We're putting ourselves behind the eight ball before we even get out there,'' Lightning goalie Bill Ranford said. ``Then everybody gets down and you get off your job. When you have turn the game around and gamble, they feast on it.''
Cullen, who has a goal in three of his past four games, opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 3:05 of the first period.
After Skopintsev tied the game with his first NHL NHL Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, see there goal at 4:25, Kariya put Anaheim back on top with a one-timer from the right circle 23 seconds later.
Kariya set up Rucchin's goal from the left post at 12:12 by drawing Ranford toward the right post and sending a pass through the slot.
Olausson scored Anaheim's second power-play goal of the first period at 15:35. The goal moved Olausson within one point of becoming the second defenseman born outside North America and 37th overall to record 500 points.
The Lightning has allowed two power-play goals in four consecutive games.
Lecavalier, the top pick in the 1998 draft, got the Lightning within 4-2 by breaking a 13-game goal-scoring drought at 18:43.
Kubina's goal snapped an 0-for-17 Lightning power-play stretch and made it 5-3 with 5:57 left in the third period.
``It looked like another landslide, but they didn't let it happen,'' Tampa Bay coach Jacques Demers said. ``I don't think anybody can say this team folded its tents.''
Tampa Bay's Mikael Andersson will miss four weeks after injuring his right knee at practice Thursday. A team spokesman said the left wing has a partially torn medial collateral ligament The medial collateral ligament or MCL (or tibial collateral ligament) is one of the four major ligaments of the knee. It is on the medial or inner side of the joint. .
Lightning right wing Stephane Richer played in his 900th NHL game Friday night.
PHOTO The Ducks' Matt Cullen, right, celebrates his goal after beating Tampa Bay goalie Bill Ranford, left, and defenseman Mike McBain.
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