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Caps, Ducks, Wild, Canucks take 1-0 series leads

At home on the road

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2003

TAMPA, Fla. Robert Lang scored two goals and Olaf Kolzig made 28 saves Thursday night as the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 Thursday night in the opener of their first-round playoff series.

Michael Nylander also scored for the sixth-seeded Capitals, ending any hopes of a comeback by the young, inexperienced Lightning in their first postseason game in seven years. A disappointed crowd of 20,014 began heading to the exits with five minutes to go.

Kolzig outplayed Tampa Bay goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, whose play since the All-Star break was instrumental in the third-seeded Lightning going 14-2-8 down the stretch to win their first Southeast Division title.

The Washington goaltender recorded his sixth career playoff shutout.

Thursdays games

Washington 3, Tampa Bay 0, Washington leads series 1-0

Anaheim 2, Detroit 1, 3OT, Anaheim leads series 1-0

Minnesota 4, Colorado 2, Minnesota leads series 1-0

St. Louis 6, Vancouver 0, St. Louis leads series 1-0

Todays games

Boston at New Jersey, 3 p.m.

Toronto at Philadelphia, 3 p.m.

Edmonton at Dallas, 5 p.m.

All Times ADT

Giguere set the record thanks in part to making 20 in the first overtime. He kept the defending champion Red Wings frustrated until Kariya picked up a rebound in the slot and fired home a wrist shot.

Torontos Jiri Crha held the record for most saves in a playoff debut with 61 on April 8, 1980.

Detroits Brendan Shanahan and Anaheims Adam Oates scored in the first period, then the teams went 44:27 without a goal to force overtime.

Detroit is making its 13th straight playoff appearance and 52nd overall in 77 years. The Mighty Ducks, who began play during the 1993-94 season, are in the postseason for the third time. The last two times they were in the playoffs, they were swept by the Red Wings.

Minnesota, a third-year team, was making its first playoff appearance, while Colorado had won two Stanley Cup titles in seven years and a record nine straight division championships.

It looked like the mismatch it was supposed to be in the first period, but Minnesota somehow survived with a scoreless tie despite being outshot 18-3.

The Wild then stunned Colorado with three quick goals in the second period.

Filip Kuba scored the first postseason goal in Wild history 5:33 into the period, one-timing a pass from Andrew Brunette on a power play. Marian Gaborik pushed the lead to two 3:55 later on another power play, knocking in a rebound that went between Patrick Roys legs and off his right skate.

The Wild barely had time to celebrate before Wes Walz lifted a shot over Roy just 25 seconds later.

Dan Cloutier stopped just 22 shots for the Canucks, who matched a 23-year-old franchise record for worst playoff loss and haven t won a postseason game on home ice in seven years.



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