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Rookies help Ducks edge Avs 3-2 in OT

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published October 21, 2002

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Mighty Ducks turned to a youth movement to get a much-needed victory.

Andy McDonald scored with 11 seconds left in overtime to lift Anaheim to a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche on Sunday.

But it was rookies Martin Gerber and Stanislav Chistov who made it possible. Gerber stopped 22 shots in his first start, and Chistov gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead in the first.

Gerber, 28, who spent several seasons in the Swedish Elite League, started in place of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who had played all but one period of Anaheim's first five games.

Gerber saw action in the final period of Anaheim's 4-2 loss at Dallas on Oct. 11 and didn't allow a goal.

The Ducks snapped a four-game winless streak (0-3-1) and beat the Avalanche at home for the first time since March15, 1998 (0-7-2).

"Every win is a big win for us," Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. "We haven't gotten too many."

The winner came when McDonald fell to his knees in front of the net while lofting the puck over David Aebischer.

"The puck was rolling a bit, and I just wanted to get a shot on net," said McDonald, whose two goals and four assists lead Anaheim in scoring.

Joe Sakic scored twice for Colorado, including the tying goal with 9:15 left.

Despite the loss, the Avalanche completed a three-game road trip to California in which it earned five points.

Colorado beat Los Angeles 4-1 on Thursday and San Jose 3-1 on Saturday.

"We had a bad game," Blake said. "But we got a point out of it."

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STARS 5, CAPITALS 2: Mike Modano had three assists, including two on early power-play goals, and Rob DiMaio scored twice for host Dallas.

Modano set up goals by Bill Guerin and Darryl Sydor as Dallas turned a double minor on Chris Simon into a 2-0 lead after 5:08. DiMaio's first goal sent goaltender Craig Billington to the bench 10:13 into his season debut. He allowed three goals on eight shots.

Olaf Kolzig replaced Billington and was solid until DiMaio beat him from between the circles in the third. Jere Lehtinen had an empty-net goal.

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