Vokoun impressive in Predators win

Nashville goaltender stops 41 shots to even first-round series

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2004

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Tomas Vokoun continued his suffocating play, stopping 41 shots and shutting out the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 Tuesday night as the Nashville Predators evened their first-round series 2-2.

Scott Sullivan, Vladimir Orszagh and Greg Johnson each scored and Dan Hamhuis had two assists. The six-year franchise ensured a return visit to Music City for Game 6 on Saturday against the 10-time Stanley Cup winners.

Nobody scored more goals in the regular season than the Red Wings in winning the Presidents' Trophy, but they haven't been able to crack Vokoun since the series shifted to Nashville.

The 27-year-old goalie stopped 41 shots in a 3-1 victory Sunday. Vokoun was better Tuesday night in his 13th career shutout and first in the playoffs even with the Red Wings outshooting Nashville 41-20.

Sharks 4, Blues 3

ST. LOUIS Unsung Scott Thornton and Alexander Korolyuk each scored his first two goals of the playoffs. San Jose, the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, has a 3-1 series lead and can close it out in Game 5 Thursday night at home.

After losing the first two games, the Blues had a strong showing in Game 3, outshooting the Sharks 25-8 in the first two periods of a 4-1 victory. The Sharks regained control in the second period of Game 4, spending most of the period in the Blues' end and outshooting them 12-5 while scoring twice to snap a 1-1 tie.

Mike Danton, Pavol Demitra and Doug Weight scored for the Blues, who have rallied from a 3-1 series deficit only twice in 12 tries in franchise history the last time in 1999.

Bruins 4, Canadiens 3, 2OT

MONTREAL Glen Murray took advantage of Alex Kovalev's mistake to score on a breakaway 9:27 into the second overtime, giving the Boston Bruins a 3-1 series lead over the Montreal Canadiens.

Boston tied it when Mike Knuble scored with 30.7 seconds remaining in regulation.

Murray beat goalie Jose Theodore with a wrist shot after Montreal's Kovalev collided with teammate Sheldon Souray in the neutral zone. Kovalev was shaking his hand after appearing to be slashed on the glove and lost sight of the puck and Souray and Murray.

Bruins goalie Andrew Raycroft made 42 saves. Theodore stopped 40 shots.

Michael Nylander and Jiri Slegr also scored for Boston.

Flames 4, Canucks 0

CALGARY, Alberta Miikka Kiprusoff made 20 saves for his first playoff shutout and Calgary used a scoring burst in the second period to even the first-round series.

The Flames, winning a home playoff game for the first time since 1995, scored two goals 27 seconds apart in the second period. Their special teams, silenced for the first 22 power plays of the series, came alive with one short-handed goal and one with the man advantage.

It was Calgary's first win at home against the Canucks in 11 tries.

Stephane Yelle, playing his first postseason game this year, scored the short-handed goal just one minute into the second period. Calgary's second goal, on the power play, came on a right-wing blast by Clark. And 27 seconds later, Shean Donovan put the Flames ahead by three.

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