While others might have lost faith in Jim Carey, he hasn't.
Carey again looked like the goalie who was among the best two years ago, earning his first shutout with the Boston Bruins in a 3-0 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Monday night.
"I don't think I'm that far off it," Carey said, referring to the form that won him the 1995-96 Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie with Washington.
"When you're not having success, it's difficult and everyone questions you," Carey said. "But the key is not to change your game and stay with what works. I know what works for me, and I've got to use that."
Carey made a dazzling array of saves against the Ducks, who had numerous opportunities at close range in the first two periods.
The shutout was the first against the Ducks at home in a span of 91 games.
Already without holdout Paul Kariya and the injured Steve Rucchin, Anaheim was also missing J.J. Daigneault -- who left before the game to be with his wife who had gone into labor -- and Bobby Dollas, who injured his foot in the second period.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Disney Chairman Michael Eisner had told Kariya that because the Ducks lost an arbitration hearing with David Karpa, they wouldn't be able to pay their office staff if they paid Kariya more than $7 million a year. Karpa was awarded $200,000.
An NHL source said Saturday that Eisner's final offer has angered Kariya so much that he's considering sitting out the NHL season. The Ducks refused comment and Kariya's agent couldn't be reached.
Flyers steal victory
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After watching Garth Snow stop 43 shots and seeing his Philadelphia Flyers win a game in which they were badly outplayed, coach Wayne Cashman had some ammunition to use against the club's doubters.
Snow stopped a Sharks-record 25 shots in the second period, and Eric Lindros scored 1:49 into overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 win over San Jose.
"I don't want to hear another word this year about the goaltending in Philadelphia. Snow was outstanding, he was incredible and he was the reason we came out of here with the win," Cashman said. "And our big guys came through -- John LeClair and Lindros buried the puck."
San Jose left wing Andrei Nazarov, who leads the Sharks with three goals this season, sprained his knee midway through the first period and did not return. Sharks officials said it was a slight sprain.
Around the rinks
The Canucks will be without their top goal scorer (35) and MVP from last season for two to four weeks after Martin Gelinas went down with a knee injury during a 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. He has a sprained ligament in his left knee. . . . Bryan Berard scored a power-play goal with 26 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Islanders a 2-2 tie on the road against the Panthers. Florida's Scott Mellanby scored two third-period goals. . . . Terry Yake scored the go-ahead goal with 3:31 left as the Blues won their fifth straight game, 3-1 over the Hurricane. Carolina plays host to the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday. St. Louis goalie Grant Fuhr stopped 17 shots to move into fifth place on the career victory list with 357. . . . Rick Tocchet scored the Coyotes' first power-play goal of the season -- on Phoenix's 33rd opportunity -- in a 2-1 victory over the 0-5 Blackhawks. . . . Daniel Alfredsson, who had 24 goals and 47 assists last season, signed a four-year, $10 million contract with the Senators and is expected to play Wednesday against the Rangers. . . . Doug Moss will be named chief executive officer of the International Hockey League today, according to a Buffalo News source. Moss was president and CEO of the Buffalo Sabres from Dec. 1994 to Nov. 1, 1996.