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Kariya shows a mean streak for unbeaten Preds

Posted: Tuesday October 18, 2005 3:25PM; Updated: Tuesday October 25, 2005 6:37PM
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Note: All rankings, records and statistics are through Sunday.

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1 1 Dominik Hasek earned his 300th NHL victory with a 5-1 win over Boston on Saturday -- and it cost him $300, the amount he offered to his teammates as an incentive to win. Other than the heroics between the pipes, the Sens are getting most of their goals from three players: Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson, who have combined to score 10 of Ottawa's 18 goals.
2 5 At 31, is Paul Kariya displaying a nasty streak? "Paul took four penalties. I was ready to strangle him," coach Barry Trotz said shortly after Kariya scored the game winner Thursday. The two-time Lady Bing winner already has 14 PIMs. In contrast, he had 6 PIMs in 1996-97; his career-high is 48 in 2002-03.
3 4 As they did in Friday's win over Minnesota (in which they outshot the Wild 41-13), the Canucks started fast against the Stars -- scoring two power-play goals 30 seconds apart early in the first period. In fact, Sunday's victory over Dallas gave Vancouver its first win streak of the season.
4 2 The Wings' early success can be attributed to two things: penalty kill and the amazing play of Manny Legace between the pipes. Detroit is second in shutting down power plays, including 7-for-7 against the Kings on Thursday. And Legace is 5-1 with a 2.00 GAA and a .916 save percentage.
5 3 Because of an unusual six-day break in the schedule before they return to action in Toronto on Saturday, the Flyers will work out at one of coach Ken Hitchcock's favorite getaways -- the United States Military Academy -- for what he calls team building. Of course, one player any team could build around right now is Simon Gagne.
6 11 Olli Jokinen has led the Panthers in scoring the past two seasons as the top-line center. But coach Jacques Martin moved him to wing in the preseason to create more balance on the lines. Back at center for Saturday's game, Jokinen had a team-high six shots -- two fewer than in the first five games combined. It looks like he'll stay at center for the immediate future.
7 10 As happy as the Bruins are to have their No. 2 blueliner (Nick Boynton) back, they will be without captain Joe Thornton for a while due to back spasms. With Thornton out perhaps as long as two weeks, and Alexei Zhamnov on the shelf, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Boyles were elevated to the Nos. 1 and 2 centers.
8 13 The Sharks won their first home opener since 1999, knocking off Columbus 4-1 on Wednesday. Another accomplishment for San Jose was snapping an 0-for-11 skid on the power play when Patrick Marleau converted twice in the second period of Saturday's 4-3 win over Chicago.
9 18
Dallas Stars (4-2-0)
It was a good week for the Stars, despite Sunday's ugly 5-2 loss to the Canucks. Dallas put Vancouver on the power play 10 times, including three 5-on-3s. But for the most part, the Stars have kept the sloppiness to a minimum and are resembling a team ready to fight for wins.
10 20 Toni Lydman didn't get to celebrate his first goal in appropriate fashion. A statistical change Friday morning awarded Lydman the goal that sent Thursday night's game into a shootout. The original call had Maxim Afinogenov getting a piece of Lydman's shot from the point.
11 21 The key to the Leafs' resurgence has been their power play, which scored on 9-of-20 chances in weekend wins over Atlanta and Montreal. But they'll need to keep their coach healthy; Pat Quinn has been hit by two pucks this season.
12 9 Before Saturday's game, the Habs introduced three of their greats who are having their jerseys retired this season -- Dickie Moore, Bernard Geoffrion and Yvan Cournoyer. You can bet the jersey of Patrick Roy -- despite his acrimonious departure -- will be in the rafters before too long.
13 17 Jason LaBarbera has allowed just four goals in his three starts and has stopped 69 of 73 shots while sharing the goaltending duties with Mathieu Garon. Last season, LaBarbera had a 1.84 GAA with Hartford, the second-best average in the AHL. Is he for real?
14 23 Talk about the ultimate sign of respect: Rookie goaltender Henrik Lundqvist had Garden fans chanting both his first and last names throughout the third period of Saturday's win over the Thrashers. Coach Tom Renney says Kevin Weekes (sidelined with groin injury) remains the No. 1 goalie.
15 27 At 33.3 percent, the Wild have the best power play, and have converted 9-of-13 chances at home. It's scary to think that Minnesota is having this sort of success on the power play without its go-to goal scorer Marian Gaborik, who could make his season debut later this week.

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