- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 14, 2001

ANAHEIM, Calif. The Mighty Ducks' Steve Shields smiled rather sheepishly as he described the most spectacular of his 28 saves against the Washington Capitals.
Shields' glove save of a point-blank shot by Trevor Linden early in the third period kept the game even, then Jason York scored with 5:07 remaining to lift Anaheim to a 2-1 win in its home opener Friday night.
"You're not supposed to put yourself in that position, but if I was going to do it, I might as well make it look good," said Shields, who went to his right to block one shot, then sprawled back to his left to barely spear Linden's shot off the rebound.
Out of position or not, Washington coach Ron Wilson was impressed by Shield's save.
"We had a lot of good scoring chances, but Shields came up big. The one that sticks out is Trevor's. That was an unbelievable save," Wilson said.
York's goal, his second, came after Washington goaltender Olaf Kolzig blocked Paul Kariya's shot from the left circle. The puck deflected to Kolzig's left and York, barreling into the slot, knocked it in.
Defenseman Keith Carney started the scoring play, diving forward to poke a pass to Kariya and start the 2-on-1 break.
"Carney made a heck of a play," said Bryan Murray, making his Anaheim debut as the Ducks' coach. "That's the kind of effort we need to see from this team."
The Capitals were without Jaromir Jagr. The NHL's five-time scoring champion hurt his right knee Wednesday against the New York Rangers and is listed as day-to-day.
Linden said Jagr's absence hurts, although he would not use that as an excuse for the loss.
"He's the best player in the world, so it has somewhat of an effect. But we've got a good team," Linden said.
Wilson said he wasn't certain when Jagr would be able to play again, and Capitals right wing Joe Sacco said, "I don't how long it's going to be. We'd like to get him back as soon as we can, but we're still a good team without him."
Murray, meanwhile, liked what he saw in his new team's first home outing after a 1-3 opening road trip.
"Now, hopefully we can get our group to work that hard consistently," Murray said. "It was important for us to win this one. I had heard some things about how they have played in this building."
The Ducks have won their last four home openers and are unbeaten in their last five, but they haven't been exactly overpowering the rest of the way on their ice they were 67-70-23-4 at home the past four seasons.
Washington's Calle Johansson tied it when he scored at 13:31 of the second. Steve Rucchin had given Anaheim the lead at 5:04 of the period.
The crowd of 16,219 was the smallest for a home opener for the Ducks, who came into the league as an expansion team in 1993. The arena's capacity is 17,174.

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