Sunday, May 2, 2004
Avs remain alive on Sakic OT goals
The Associated Press
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Colorado captain Joe Sakic scored his second goal 1:54 into overtime, and the Avalanche avoided elimination for the second time, beating the Sharks 2-1 Saturday to cut San Jose's lead to 3-2 in the second-round series.
Sakic also tied it midway through the third period for the Avalanche, who dominated the final two periods and overtime to hand the Sharks their first home loss in six playoff games.
The Avs rallied from a 3-2 deficit against the Sharks two years ago.
"It's about momentum, and we've got it now," Sakic said. "Everybody thought we were done, the worst team on the planet. We've got too many quality guys to go out that way, but it doesn't mean anything if we don't get the next one."
Game 6 is Tuesday night in Colorado, with a possible Game 7 scheduled for Thursday in San Jose.
Sakic, who forced this game with another overtime goal Wednesday, was in perfect position for Peter Forsberg's deft pass. He beat Evgeni Nabokov low to the stick side for his seventh goal of the postseason, tying San Jose's Patrick Marleau for the NHL lead.
First Period-1, San Jose, Damphousse 4 (Cheechoo, Stuart), 19:52 (pp). Penalties-Vaananen, Col (roughing), 3:46; Damphousse, SJ (cross-checking), 12:52; Barnaby, Col (roughing), 18:30; Foote, Col (charging), 19:22.
Second Period-None. Penalties-Liles, Col (interference), 4:28; Brown, SJ (holding) 8:02; Ekman, SJ (boarding), 12:11; Smith, SJ (tripping), 18:52.
Third Period-2, Colorado, Sakic 6 (Selanne), 9:50.
Overtime-3, Colorado, Sakic 7 (Forsberg), 1:54. .
Shots on goal-Col 2-11-4-1-18. SJ 11-2-6-3-22. Power-play Opportunities-Col 0 of 4; SJ 1 of 4. Goalies-Col, Aebischer 6-4 (22 shots-21 saves). SJ, Nabokov 7-3 (18-16).
Flames 1, Red Wings 0
DETROIT - When Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff made the final save of his shutout against the Detroit Red Wings, he held the puck above his head as the game-ending blue light went on behind him.
"It was so loud, I didn't know if it was over right away," Kiprusoff said. "Then, I looked up and saw the score and held my glove high. That was a great feeling."
The scoreboard hanging over center ice read: Calgary 1, Red Wings 0. Craig Conroy scored with 3:53 left in the second period and Kiprusoff made 31 saves to lead the Flames over Detroit in Game 5.
Calgary leads 3-2 in the best-of-7 Western Conference semifinal series and can eliminate the star-studded Red Wings with a win at home Monday night.
About four minutes before Conroy scored, Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman left the game with an injury when he was hit in the face with a deflected puck.
First Period-None. Penalties-Fischer, Det (tripping), 2:23; Clark, Cal (roughing), 3:53; Hatcher, Det (roughing), 3:53; Regehr, Cal (holding), 17:54.
Second Period-1, Calgary, Conroy 2 (Iginla), 16:07. Penalties-Lang, Det (ob.-hooking), 5:07; Leopold, Cal (holding) 5:42; Montador, Cal (slashing), 9:52; Commodore, Cal (boarding), 12:54.
Third Period-None. Penalties-Holmstrom, Det (roughing), :19; Ference, Cal (interference), 12:49.
Shots on goal-Cal 8-9-4-21. Det 7-9-15-31. Power-play Opportunities-Cal 0 of 3; Det 0 of 5. Goalies-Cal, Kiprusoff 7-5 (31 shots-31 saves). Det, Joseph 4-3 (21-20).
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