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Hasek loses temper in Sabres' loss

Flyers not ready for terminal yet

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2001

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers got to Dominik Hasek early, and then they got to his head.

Mark Recchi scored the go-ahead goal and Roman Cechmanek made 25 saves as the Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 Thursday night to remain alive in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

The Sabres lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. Game 6 is Saturday in Buffalo.

''We just bought ourselves a few more days,'' said Keith Primeau, who had two assists.

Simon Gagne and Chris Therien also scored for Philadelphia, which has never rallied from a 3-1 playoff deficit.

Thursday's games

Philadelphia 3, Buffalo 1, Buffalo leads series 3-2

St. Louis 3, San Jose 2, OT, St. Louis leads series 3-2

Dallas 4, Edmonton 3, OT, Dallas leads series 3-2

Today's games

Carolina at New Jersey, 3:30 p.m. ADT

Dominik Hasek made 30 saves, but lost his temper midway through the third period and earned a misconduct penalty.

Hasek slammed his pad to the ice in disgust after Primeau and Sabres defenseman James Patrick collided into him, and drew a 10-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

''I didn't even try to make a save, because I know he's coming out at my knees,'' Hasek said. ''I was protecting myself. That's why I was so upset.''

''That's asinine,'' Primeau said.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff accused Primeau of using dirty tactics all the time.

''He spins around, pretends he doesn't know where he's going and bumps into the goalie, and tries to run right through him,'' Ruff said. ''I've seen that move before.''

The Flyers took a 2-1 lead when Recchi blasted a shot past Hasek's glove with 3:58 left in the second, one second before a 4-on-3 ended.

Recchi took a pass from Primeau in the slot, faked a shot, skated slowly toward the net and fired a shot inside the near goalpost.

''I shot it as hard as I could at his glove,'' said Recchi, who had struggled early in the series. ''They kept backing off, so I kept walking in and they let me.''

The Flyers took their first two-goal lead of the series 3:17 into the third period on Therien's second goal in 80 playoff games. After Daymond Langkow won a faceoff, Therien gathered the puck at the point and lifted it inside the far post.

It was the first time this season Hasek has allowed three or more goals in four straight games.

''It was nothing fancy,'' Therien said. ''I was just shooting it at the net, trying to get it through.''

Three seconds before the goal, Hasek tossed his glove and the puck in the air after making a save, setting up the faceoff and inciting the crowd. The chants of, ''Hasek, Hasek'' from the 19,681 fans at the First Union Center intensified in the third period.

Blues 3, Sharks 2, OT

ST. LOUIS -- Rookie Bryce Salvador scored on a slap shot from the point at 9:54 of overtime as the St. Louis Blues regained control of their first-round series against the San Jose Sharks with a 3-2 victory Thursday night.

Dallas Drake force the extra period with his fourth goal of the series with 2:48 to play and added an assist, giving him seven points in the series. Drake had 41 points in the regular season.

Pierre Turgeon set up both the tying goal and the game-winner and has a team-leading nine points in the series.

The Blues, who won the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best regular-season team last spring and then lost to the Sharks in a seven-game first-round series, can close them out in Game 6 Saturday in San Jose.

Game 7 would be Monday night in St. Louis.

Stephane Matteau scored his first playoff goal in seven years and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks. Teemu Selanne had two assists for his first points of the series.

Salvador, a defenseman, had two goals and eight assists in 75 regular-season games. He scored his first career playoff goal on a high drive above backup goalie Miikka Kiprusoff's glove hand after Turgeon won a faceoff and dropped the puck to him.

St. Louis won despite another sparkling effort from Kiprusoff, making his second career playoff start. Kiprusoff, playing in place of the injured or ill Evgeni Nabokov for the second straight game, had 35 saves in Game 5 -- only his eighth NHL game. The Blues dominated the extra period, outshooting San Jose 9-2.

Kiprusoff turned away 39 shots in the Sharks' 3-1 Game 4 victory.

The Sharks said Nabokov, also a rookie, had the flu in Game 4 and the diagnosis didn't change for Game 5. The San Jose Mercury News reported Nabokov had a back injury, and he didn't make the trip.

Scott Young added his second goal of the series for the Blues, who outshot the Sharks 10-3 in the third period to tie it.

Stars 4, Oilers 3, OT

DALLAS -- Once again, the Dallas Stars wasted a two-goal lead. Once again, they recovered in overtime.

Kirk Muller scored 8:01 into overtime off John MacLean's perfect pass from behind the net, giving Dallas a 4-3 victory over Edmonton Thursday night and a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.

The Stars will try ending the series, which has featured four overtime games and all five decided by one goal, on Saturday in Edmonton.

A victory would send Dallas into the second round against the Detroit-Los Angeles winner and continue the Stars' quest to become the first team to reach three straight Stanley Cup finals since the Oilers in 1983-85.

Just as they'd done in Game 3, Dallas had a 2-0 lead and was dominating play. The Stars, who got early goals from Jere Lehtinen and Jamie Langenbrunner, limited the Oilers to just five shots in two periods.

Then Anson Carter, Doug Weight and Eric Brewer scored on consecutive shots in a 2:57 span early in the third period to put Edmonton ahead with 14:31 left.

Dallas got a boost about five minutes later when Mike Modano returned after taking a puck off his nose late in the second period. The Stars got another lift when Todd Marchant was caught hooking Modano soon after.

After Dallas played two poor minutes with the man advantage, MacLean wristed one past Edmonton goaltender Tommy Salo from the left faceoff circle to tie the game with 4:22 to play.

Salo, who had 30 saves, and Dallas goalie Ed Belfour, who had 15 stops, each made big plays in overtime. Salo had just made a stop when MacLean controlled the puck near the boards and fired it to Muller a few feet beyond the crease.

The heroics from Muller and MacLean symbolize another moral victory for Dallas' 30-something line known as ''The Grumpy Old Men,'' which also features Mike Keane. All are former offensive players turned into checkers and they've played great defense all series.

This game wasn't as physical as expected after two scrum-filled games in Edmonton.

There was venom early as Dallas fans booed the Canadian anthem, just as Edmonton fans had done to the ''The Star-Spangled Banner.'' Doug Weight and Jason Smith, whom Stars supporters considered the villains of Game 4, also were booed loudly.

But it took 6 1/2 minutes for the first penalty and 15 minutes for the first rumble, a pushing-and-shoving match after Edmonton's Rem Murray threw down Langenbrunner in front of the Oilers' net.

Things calmed down once Lehtinen scored on a textbook give-and-go with Grant Ledyard in the first period. Langenbrunner's goal actually was a centering pass in front of the crease that defender Igor Ulanov blocked into his own net.

Carter began Edmonton's comeback 2:32 into the third period by taking a superb, no-look back-handed pass from Mike Comrie and popping it past Stars goaltender Ed Belfour.

Just 32 seconds later, Janne Niinimaa shot at Belfour from about 30 feet and Weight got a piece of it as it rolled under the goalie and into the net. The goal was upheld by a video review.

Brewer scored on a power play with 14:31 to go in regulation. Belfour never reacted on the puck as he was screened by Weight and Ryan Smyth.

Notes: This was the ninth overtime in 26 playoff games between the teams over the last five postseasons. It was the 19th one-goal game in that span. ... Four overtimes in one series ties a postseason record for Edmonton and is one shy of the NHL record. .... MacLean's goal was his first in the playoffs since April, 1998 -- against Dallas. He was with San Jose then. ... Edmonton was without left wing Ethan Moreau, who hurt his left foot early in Game 2. He missed Game 3 and played only a few minutes in Game 4. ... Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov has a point in every game of the series.



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