New York (24-30-2) at Anaheim (28-20-4)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Fri Feb 21, 2003
  • TV: TSN, FSW2
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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA (TICKER) —The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim can climb nine games above .500 for the first time in franchise history Friday night when they host the New York Rangers.

Prior to this season, the Ducks were never more than five games over .500. They also were eight games over .500 (27-19-7-4) following a 4-2 win at Dallas on February 14.

Anaheim posted a 2-0 home win over Columbus on Wednesday as Paul Kariya scored his 22nd goal and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 26 saves in his club-record seventh shutout of the season.

Giguere’s 19 wins since December 1 are tied with New Jersey goalie and fellow Montreal native Martin Brodeur for the most in the NHL in that span. His 26 wins on the season arefive away from the team record set by Guy Hebert in the 1998-99 season.

The Ducks are 5-1-1 in their last seven and unbeaten in their last six home games (5-0-1). Anaheim is 13-4-1-1 in its last 19 games overall and is five points behind Colorado for fifth place in the Western Conference.

New York is 1-2-0 on a season-high six-game road trip.

The Rangers posted a 4-2 victory in Minnesota on Wednesday as Mark Messier scored the go-ahead goal 7:17 into the second period and assisted on Sandy McCarthy’s first-period tally.

Defenseman Brian Leetch also netted his first goal since returning from an ankle injury last Friday.

Mike Dunham made 27 saves, but the Rangers allowed at least two power-play goals for the fourth time since Glen Sather took over as coach and for the sixth time in 11 games.

Anaheim is 10-2-1-2 all time against the Rangers and is 6-0-0-1 at home against New York.

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