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Penguins put a Cap on first-round series

Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2001

PITTSBURGH -- Martin Straka stole the puck from Sergei Gonchar to score at 13:04 of overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins held off two Washington Capitals comebacks for a series-ending 4-3 victory Monday night.

The Penguins opened a 2-0 lead on goals by Mario Lemieux and Robert Lang, then lost it during a frantic 3 1/2-minute stretch of the second period on goals by Brendan Witt and Jeff Halpern.

Alexei Kovalev scored during a two-man advantage to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead with less than a second left in the second period.

Calle Johansson tied it with 2:40 left in regulation, but the Penguins recovered to win for the only the second time in their last seven playoff overtime games.

Beating the Capitals for the six time in seven series since 1991, Pittsburgh advances to its first playoff series against Buffalo since 1979.

Kings 3, Red Wings 2, OT

LOS ANGELES -- Adam Deadmarsh scored his second goal of the game on a rebound 4:48 into overtime as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Detroit Red Wings to clinch their first-round playoff series in six games.

FIRST ROUND

Monday's games

Pittsburgh 4, Washington 3, OT, Pittsburgh wins series 4-2

Los Angeles 3, Detroit 2, OT, Los Angeles wins series 4-2

With their fourth straight victory, the Kings won a series for the first time since 1993, when they advanced to the Stanley Cup finals.

It was Detroit's earliest elimination since 1994, when San Jose upset the Red Wings in the first round.

Fans seemed to be holding their collective breath in overtime, then exploded in applause and cheers when Deadmarsh scored on the rebound of a shot by Jozef Stumpel.

The crowd littered the ice with giveaway black pom pons as the Kings piled on top of Deadmarsh.

Stumpel skated up the right side and fired a shot at Detroit goalie Chris Osgood, who made the save but had the puck bounce out to Deadmarsh on the left side.

The Kings advanced to a second-round series with Colorado, which swept Vancouver in four games. That series begins Thursday at Colorado.

Deadmarsh, so successful against Detroit with 26 points in 29 games during his career, also forced overtime with the tying goal at 10:17 of the third period.

A shot by Ziggy Palffy busied Osgood, who had no time to adjust as Deadmarsh caught the puck in the air and slapped it through Osgood's legs to tie it 2-2.

The Red Wings again played without captain Steve Yzerman, who tested his injured left ankle by skating in warmups, but decided not to go. He played just six minutes of the best-of-seven series.

Trailing 1-0, Detroit got back into the game with goals by Pat Verbeek and Darren McCarty 2:22 apart in the second.

Verbeek tied it on a power-play goal at 4:20 of the second. The Kings' Stu Grimson was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he knocked Tomas Holmstrom to the ice before a faceoff at center ice.

Los Angeles goalie Felix Potvin went to sweep the puck away with his blocker and instead it slid underneath for the score.

McCarty, playing on an injured ankle, gave Detroit a 2-1 lead nearly 2 1/2 seconds later. He skated out from behind the net, paused, and then shot the puck under Potvin's right arm.

The Kings led 1-0 on a power-play goal by Stumpel at 2:19 of the first period. Detroit's Igor Larionov, rarely seen in the penalty box, went off for high-sticking 50 seconds into the game. Stumpel skated in from the far left side and angled the puck through Osgood's legs.

The Kings had a goal disallowed at 12:30 of the first that would've given them a 2-0 lead. A shot by Mathieu Schneider hit the right post and was kicked in by the left foot of Luc Robitaille, who landed in the net after being shoved from behind by Detroit's Jiri Fischer.

After a video review, supervisor of officials John D'Amico ruled Robitaille made a distinct kicking motion, and the goal didn't count. No penalty was called on Fischer.



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