Buffalo, Pittsburgh all square

Posted: Thursday, May 03, 2001

PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux had no shots, Jaromir Jagr had no impact. Everything went right for the Buffalo Sabres in Pittsburgh, and now it's the Penguins who are trying to figure out what's gone wrong.

Stu Barnes had two goals in the third period and Vladimir Tsyplakov added another as the Sabres, trying to rally from a 2-0 playoff deficit for the first time in their history, beat the Penguins 5-2 Wednesday night to even their series.

Jean-Pierre Dumont scored 1:28 into the game and Curtis Brown also had a goal as the Sabres won twice in Pittsburgh after being dominated in two games at home by the Penguins. Just as in their 4-1 victory Monday in Game 3, the Sabres won it with a three-goal third period.

''We were trying to force things at home, and you can't be playing run and gun with these guys,'' Jason Woolley said. ''We were much more patient here and relied on our defense. At home, you're always trying to put a show on for the fans.''

Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series in which the home team has yet to win will be Saturday in Buffalo, where the Penguins outscored the Sabres 6-1 in two games last week.

Martin Straka had a goal for Pittsburgh, but was stopped easily by Dominik Hasek on a penalty shot at 8:07 of the third that would have tied it at 3.

''What did I do wrong? I should have let Mario (Lemieux) take the shot,'' Straka said.

Maybe not -- Lemieux, shadowed as closely as he was in a scoreless Game 3, didn't manage a shot, though he assisted on both Penguins goals.

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff, asked about the impact of Hasek's penalty shot save, said, ''Look up enormous and put it down in your article.''

Barnes, a former Penguins player, had given Buffalo a 3-2 lead at 4:44, getting free from Ian Moran and Aleksey Morozov in front of the net just in time to deflect Donald Audette's shot from the right circle.

Tsyplakov sealed it with a similar goal at 14:24, sweeping by defenseman Marc Bergevin to put in Vaclav Varada's rebound that bounced into the slot. Barnes scored again at 18:09, his third of the playoffs and second of the game.

''We were counting on a good third period. The way we played in the first two periods showed we were going to have a big 20 minutes,'' said Hasek, who was convinced the Sabres had begun to dictate the play in the second period despite allowing Janne Laukkanen's tying goal.

Avalanche 3, Kings 0

LOS ANGELES -- Patrick Roy extended his NHL record with his 17th playoff shutout, and Alex Tanguay and Milan Hejduk each had a goal and an assist as Colorado beat Los Angeles.

The Avalanche took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series, which returns to Denver for Game 5 on Friday.

Roy, the league's winningest goalie in the regular season and playoffs, stopped 21 shots, including several spectacular saves in the first period when the Kings took 10 shots.

Colorado, with captain and leading scorer Joe Sakic out with a shoulder injury, did all its scoring in the second period after registering only three shots in the first.

Chris Drury also scored for the Avalanche.



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