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Late magic propels Wings past Preds

Posted: Sunday, April 11, 2004

DETROIT Mathieu Schneider's slap shot went off the boards, off goalie Tomas Vokoun's skate and trickled into the net late in the third period Saturday to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators.

The Red Wings are ahead 2-0 in the first-round series because they have outscored the Predators 4-0 in the third period. The teams will play Game 3 of the best-of-seven series Sunday in Nashville.

Sharks 3, Blues 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. Patrick Marleau scored three goals and Evgeni Nabokov made 25 saves, leading San Jose over St. Louis.

San Jose took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series thanks to a career-defining performance by Marleau, the All-Star who scored just one goal in the final 17 games of the regular season.

Islanders 3, Lightning 0

TAMPA, Fla. Rick DiPietro got his first postseason victory, stopping all 22 shots, as the New York Islanders beat Tampa Bay to even the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series at one game apiece.

Jason Blake returned from an ankle injury, expected to sideline him for the entire series, and scored his first two career playoff goals.

Maple Leafs 2, Senators 0

TORONTO Gary Roberts scored twice and Ed Belfour stopped all 31 shots as Toronto beat Ottawa and evened the first-round playoff series at one game apiece.

Fans chanted 'Eddie! Eddie!' throughout as Belfour recorded his 12th career shutout in the playoffs, and his 83rd win, tying him with New Jersey's Martin Brodeur for first place among active goaltenders.

Flyers 3, Devils 2

PHILADELPHIA Alexei Zhamnov scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Philadelphia beat defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey to take a 2-0 series lead.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round matchup is Monday in New Jersey.

Jan Hrdina and Brian Gionta scored for the Devils, who didn't lead in either game in Philadelphia. Mark Recchi and Mattias Timander had Philadelphia's other goals.

Robert Esche, making just his second playoff start, again outplayed Martin Brodeur, stopping 24 shots. Brodeur made 15 saves.



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