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FRANCIS AND O'NEILL ACHIEVE MILESTONES AS 'CANES WIN 4-0

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC (Jan. 14, 2001) -- The Carolina Hurricanes and team captain Ron Francis made history tonight with a 4-0 victory against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Francis moved past the legendary Phil Esposito into fifth place on the NHL’s all-time career points list with his first of two goals in the game while the Hurricanes broke the franchise home unbeaten streak of seven games.

Francis beat Anaheim goaltender Jean-Sebastian Giguere with a glove-side wrist shot that skirted over Giguere’s left shoulder for his 1,591st career NHL point at 19:38 of the second period. Jeff O’Neill earned the first assist on the goal, Francis’ 481st of his 19-plus-year NHL career.

“It’s always nice to get it done and over with,” said Francis. “It was nice the way it happened. There was no dispute about whether it was a goal and it was certainly nice to do that. Growing up, (Esposito) was a guy I looked up to. He was from my hometown (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) and was a great hockey player, and to pass him has been a great honor.”

Francis found the net again at 2:03 of the third period when Anaheim failed to clear the puck out of its offensive zone during a Carolina power play. Francis gained control of the puck in front of Giguere and beat the Anaheim goaltender stick side. Francis earned first star honors for his play.

The Hurricanes extended their home unbeaten streak to a franchise record eight games (7-0-1). Francis played on the Hartford Whalers team that set the seven game record during the 1985-86 season (5-0-2).

“I really like the way we’ve played the last little while,” said Francis. “We’ve been a lot more consistent. I think it’s come a little bit since we’ve been home. We’re a little more settled and relaxed in this building. We’re getting contributions from a lot of different areas, which is great, and we’re playing solid hockey for 60 minutes, which is what we need to do to be successful.”

Carolina has gotten a massive contribution from goaltender Arturs Irbe, who earned his 28th career shutout today, fourth this season and started in his 30th consecutive game. Irbe says he does not mind being in net night in and night out.

“I feel it. It just helps my confidence and actually has helped me,” said Irbe. “I hasn’t bogged me down. It’s helped my confidence and I’m playing better angles and getting in a routine to get ready for each game and get the job done any way I can.”

Irbe felt that the Hurricanes' 2-2 tie at Florida on January 12 contributed to his and the team’s energy against Anaheim. Florida forward Pavel Bure tied the game with 22 seconds remaining in regulation time, beating Irbe low on his glove side.

“There was something burning inside me after the play at the end of the game in Florida,” said Irbe. “It served the purpose. We got what we wanted, a win, and I got what I wanted, a shutout.”

O’Neill extended his points streak to seven games (12/31-1/14: 5g, 5a) with his performance. He netted the Hurricanes’ fourth goal, his 18th this season, at 16:15 of the third period with a slapshot from the top of the right faceoff circle that beat Giguere over his left shoulder. The goal was O’Neill’s 100th of his NHL career.

“I think that we played as a team pretty well tonight,” said O’Neill. “It was a special night for all of us with Ronnie achieving that goal and it was a good win for us. We knew that they were going to work hard and play along the boards and I think we matched that. We didn’t try to make plays that we weren’t capable of and we stuck with our game plan.”

  1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
Anaheim 0 0 0 0
Carolina 0 2 2 4

First Period: Scoring: None. Penalties: Willis, Car (cross checking), 10:08; Trnka, Ana (high sticking), 16:51; Karpa, Car (holding), 18:44; Cullen, Ana (interference), 19:09.

Second Period: Scoring: 1, Carolina, Gelinas 14 (Brindamour, Willis), 4:53. 2, Carolina, Francis 9 (Oneill, G Wesley), 19:38. Penalties: Karpa, Car (high sticking), 5:03; Hrkac, Ana (interference), 5:06; Ja Marshall, Ana (roughing), 8:45.

Third Period: Scoring: 3, Carolina, Francis 10 (power play) (unassisted), 2:03. 4, Carolina, Oneill 18 (power play) (G Wesley, Karpa), 16:15. Penalties: Chouinard, Ana (tripping), 1:17; Mcinnis, Ana (hooking), 2:41; Langdon, Car (boarding), 7:13; Oneill, Car (roughing), 13:34; Titov, Ana (high sticking), 14:24; Anaheim bench, served by Tenkrat (Refusal to play), 14:24; Langdon, Car (slashing), 17:13; Sawyer, Ana (high sticking, roughing), 19:52; Ja Marshall, Ana (fighting major), 19:52; Wallin, Car (fighting major), 19:52; Langdon, Car (roughing), 19:52.

SHOTS ON GOAL
Anaheim   6 11 10 --27
Carolina   7 5 7 --19

Power-play Conversions: Ana - 0 of 6, Car - 2 of 9. Goalies: Anaheim, Giguere (19 shots, 15 saves; record: 0-3-0). Carolina, Irbe (27, 27; record: 17-14-6). A:13,013. Referees: Mcgeough, Warren. Linesmen: Pare, S Provost.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS
Anaheim         Carolina        
  G A +/- Shots   G A +/- Shots
Bylsma
Chouinard
Cullen
Havelid
Hrkac
Ja Marshall
Kohn
Mcinnis
P Trepanier
Pahlsson
Salei
Sawyer
Selanne
Tenkrat
Titov
Trnka
Tverdovsky
Vishnevski
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
even
even
-2
-2
even
even
-1
even
even
even
even
-1
-2
even
even
even
even
-2
2
1
1
0
1
1
1
3
3
4
1
1
2
1
2
0
3
0
Battaglia
Brindamour
Dimaio
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
Halko
J Daniels
Kapanen
Karpa
Langdon
Malik
Oneill
T Westlund
Tanabe
Vasicek
Wallin
Willis
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
even
+1
even
+1
+2
+1
even
even
+1
even
even
even
+1
even
+2
even
even
+1
0
0
0
3
1
3
0
0
3
1
0
1
3
0
2
1
0
1
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