Sunday, April 25, 2004

Marleau scores again as Sharks jump Avs

The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Patrick Marleau scored his NHL-leading seventh goal of the postseason, and Jonathan Cheechoo ensured the victory with a between-the-legs goal in the San Jose Sharks' 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series.

Marleau, Cheechoo and Vincent Damphousse each had a goal and an assist, and Evgeni Nabokov recovered after getting flattened by Peter Forsberg to make 20 saves as the Sharks took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Wayne Primeau added an empty-net goal for the Sharks, who are two victories from their first trip to the Western Conference finals.

"We have to win Game 3. We have no choice," Avs captain Joe Sakic said. "We get a little sloppy when things don't go our way, and we have to turn that around. They have the jump on us. We're getting outworked. They're playing with a lot more intensity than we are."

San Jose022-4

First Period-1, Col, Hejduk 4 (Barnaby, Forsberg), 7:01. Penalties-Smith, SJ, double minor (roughing), 2:44; Vaananen, Col (interference), 4:48; Barnaby, Col (hooking), 9:50; Damphousse, SJ (tripping), 9:53; Sakic, Col (ob.-hooking), 15:43; Forsberg, Col (roughing), 19:52; Hannan, SJ (roughing), 19:52.

Second Period-2, SJ, Damphousse 2 (Marleau, Dimitrakos), 11:14 (pp). 3, SJ, Marleau 7 (Damphousse, Dimitrakos), 19:36. Penalties-Forsberg, Col (interference), 11:05; Forsberg, Col (goalie interference), 15:02.

Third Period-4, SJ, Cheechoo 2 (Stuart), 6:27 (pp). 5, SJ, Primeau 1 (Cheechoo, Ricci), 19:05 (en). Penalties-Sakic, Col (boarding), 5:15; Stuart, SJ (interference), 12:07; Konowalchuk, Col (high-sticking), 14:27.

Shots on goal-Col 5-9-6-20. SJ 10-7-7-24. Power plays-Col 0 of 4; SJ 2 of 7. Goalies-Col, Aebischer 4-3 (23 shots-20 saves). SJ, Nabokov 6-1 (20-19). A-17,496. T-2:28.

Red Wings 5, Flames 2

DETROIT - Steve Yzerman pumped his fist and screamed with joy as his adoring fans went wild.

All was well in Hockeytown thanks to "The Captain."

Yzerman scored twice, 2:13 apart in the second period, to give Detroit a three-goal lead, and the Red Wings defeated Calgary in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal to even the series 1-1.

"It's amazing how much energy you have after scoring goals," he said.

Yzerman has a franchise-record 70 playoff goals and 181 points in his 20 seasons with the Wings. In regular-season games, he's the sixth-leading scorer in NHL history.

First Period-None. Penalties-Ference, Cal (holding), 1:21; Maltby, Det (tripping), 6:24; Kobasew, Cal (interference), 18:06.

Second Period-1, Det, Holmstrom 2 (Lidstrom, Datsyuk), 3:02 (pp). 2, Det, Yzerman 2 (Dandenault, Lidstrom), 10:06. 3, Det, Yzerman 3 (Maltby, Draper), 12:19. 4, Cal, Donovan 2 (Nilson), 13:50. Penalties-Gelinas, Cal (goalie interference), 1:40; Schneider, Det (roughing), 8:05; Kobasew, Cal (slashing), 13:19; Holmstrom, Det (roughing), 13:19.

Third Period-5, Det, Hull 3 (Lidstrom, Datsyuk), 14:49 (pp). 6, Det, Lidstrom 2 (Hull), 16:08 (pp). 7, Cal, Gelinas 3, 18:50. Penalties-Donovan, Cal (slashing), 13:54; Commodore, Cal (slashing), 14:43; Regehr, Cal (cross-checking), 15:25; Chelios, Det (slashing), 16:42; Lombardi, Cal (roughing), 19:20; Williams, Det (roughing), 19:20; Shanahan, Det (charging), 19:20; Iginla, Cal, major (fighting), 19:36; Commodore, Cal, major (fighting), 19:36; Hatcher, Det, minor-major (high-sticking, fighting), 19:36; McCarty, Det, major (fighting), 19:36.

Shots on goal-Cal 3-6-7-16. Det 15-11-6-32. Power plays-Cal 0 of 5; Det 3 of 6. Goalies-Cal, Kiprusoff 5-4 (32 shots-27 saves). Det, Joseph 3-1 (16-14). A-20,066 T-2:34.

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