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Red Wings top Canucks, tie series

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2002

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Steve Yzerman scored the go-ahead goal 56 seconds into the third period as the Detroit Red Wings evened their first-round playoff series with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night over the Vancouver Canucks.

Brendan Shanahan created a turnover in the corner and quickly fed the puck Sergei Fedorov just inside the blue line. Fedorov one-touched it to Yzerman in front and he got Dan Cloutier moving the wrong way, then fought off a pair of defenders to tuck a backhand into the open net.

Kris Draper added an empty-net goal with 53 seconds left.

After losing the first two games at home, the Red Wings now head back to Detroit for Game 5 on Thursday with a chance to take their first lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Canucks rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to tie it late in the second period. But Yzerman's goal, and some solid saves from goaltender Dominik Hasek, ended any chance of the home team finally winning a game in this series.

Jiri Fischer and Chris Chelios also scored for the Red Wings, who won consecutive games for the first time in a month. Yzerman, playing on a sore right knee, added an assist to move past Gordie Howe for the team's career playoff scoring lead with 158 points.

Mattias Ohlund and Matt Cooke each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who outshot the Wings 24-15 but still lost consecutive games for the first time in almost a month.

Hasek finished with 22 saves, but only needed to make four stops in the third period as the Canucks failed to generate any great chances on a pair of power plays.

Unlike Game 3, it was the Canucks who came out flying, creating big hits and a handful of scoring chances off the forecheck during their first three shifts.

But Fischer opened the scoring on Detroit's first shot when his point shot deflected twice, bouncing past a helpless Dan Cloutier. Chelios made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 10:12.

Ohlund got Vancouver within 2-1 at 9:50 of the second, and Cooke tied it when his point shot got past Hasek with 31.6 seconds left in the period.

Cloutier, who surrendered the go-ahead goal in Game 3 on a shot from center ice, gave up goals on two long shots in the first period, but made some great saves late in the game.

He stopped Brett Hull on a short-handed 2-on-1 break late in the second and stuffed Draper on a short-handed breakaway with five minutes left.

Islanders 6, Maple Leafs 1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Mark Parrish scored two of New York's four power-play goals as the Islanders won their first home playoff game in nine years Tuesday night.

The Maple Leafs still lead the first-round playoff series 2-1.

The Islanders, who scored six unanswered goals, went 4-for-9 overall with the man advantage. Toronto was 0-for-8. New York's penalty kill remained perfect in the series, keeping the Leafs 0-for-18 in three games.

Shawn Bates, Dave Scatchard, Brad Isbister and Michael Peca also scored for New York, which received 34 saves from Chris Osgood.

Alexander Mogilny gave Toronto a 1-0 lead 7:32 into the game.

Toronto's Curtis Joseph, who faced 39 shots, was pulled at 7:35 of the third.

Canadiens 5, Bruins 3

MONTREAL -- Saku Koivu scored the go-ahead goal, and Joe Juneau capped a four-goal outburst in the third period as Montreal rallied to beat Boston.

The Canadiens took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven, first-round playoff series.

The Bruins led 3-1 entering the third period after goals from P.J. Axelsson, Bill Guerin and Nick Boynton. Yanic Perreault opened the scoring for Montreal 4:54 in on a pass from Koivu, who had three points.

Koivu, who missed the first 79 games of the regular season while recovering from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, started the Montreal comeback by setting up Donald Audette for a goal 7:04 into the third.

Doug Gilmour tied it 3-3 just 53 seconds later. Koivu scored the go-ahead goal at 11:59.

Devils 3, Hurricanes 1

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur fell 2:33 short of posting consecutive shutouts but New Jersey still evened its first-round playoff series with Carolina at two games apiece.

Bobby Holik, Brian Gionta and Brian Rafalski each scored for the second consecutive game as the Devils took advantage of another bad game by goaltender Arturs Irbe to get back into the best-of-seven series.

Defenseman Aaron Ward spoiled Brodeur's bid for his 14th postseason shutout with his first career playoff goal.

Irbe, who stole the first two games of the series by stopping 64 of 66 shots, gave up two soft goals on eight shots in the first period. He was replaced by Kevin Weekes at the start of the second.

Brodeur made 23 saves, seven more than he had on Sunday in a 4-0 win.

Blues 1, Blackhawks 0

CHICAGO -- Brent Johnson shut Chicago out for a third straight game and Pavol Demitra had the only goal as St. Louis took a commanding 3-1 lead in the opening-round playoff series.

St. Louis, which dropped the opener of the best-of-seven series, can clinch it with a victory Thursday night in St. Louis.

Johnson tied an NHL record for most consecutive playoff shutouts, a mark held by three other goalies, most recently by Frank McCool of Toronto in 1945.

He is the first goalie to earn shutouts in his first three career playoff victories.

Johnson, in just his sixth career playoff game, made 27 saves. He nearly lost his shutout in the second period on a disputed shot by Chicago's Steve Sullivan that officials reviewed before declaring it was no goal.

Steve Passmore started in place of Chicago regular Jocelyn Thibault and made 24 saves.

Avalanche 1, Kings 0

LOS ANGELES -- Patrick Roy made 32 saves for his 20th NHL career playoff shutout and Steven Reinprecht scored in the second period as Colorado defeated Los Angeles to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Game 5 is Thursday in Denver, where the Avalanche have already won twice.

The Kings lost for the first time in 13 games at Staples Center, where they are 10-1-2 dating to the regular season.

Roy, the NHL career leader in postseason shutouts, was at his best in turning away the most shots he's faced in the series.

Felix Potvin made 24 saves for the Kings.

Red Wings 4, Canucks 2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Steve Yzerman scored the go-ahead goal 56 seconds into the third period as Detroit evened its first-round playoff series with Vancouver.

Kris Draper added an empty-net goal with 53 seconds left.

After losing the first two games at home, the Red Wings now head back to Detroit for Game 5 on Thursday with a chance to take their first lead in the best-of-seven series.

Jiri Fischer and Chris Chelios also scored for the Red Wings, who won consecutive games for the first time in a month. Yzerman, playing on a sore right knee, added an assist to move past Gordie Howe for the team's career playoff scoring lead with 158 points.

Mattias Ohlund and Matt Cooke each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who rallied to tie the game 2-2 and outshot the Wings 24-15 but still lost consecutive games for the first time in almost a month.



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