Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Senators edge Isles in double OT


Roy blanks Wild in Minnesota

The Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Todd White's second goal of the game 2:25 into the second overtime Monday night gave Ottawa a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders and a 2-1 series lead for the top-seeded Senators.

The teams split the first two games of the best-of-seven series in Ottawa. The Senators, who won the Presidents' Trophy with 113 points - 30 more than eighth-seeded New York - only need to win their remaining two home games to reach the second round for the second straight year.

Chris Phillips also scored for Ottawa, which got 30 saves from Patrick Lalime.

Alexei Yashin and former Miami University All-American Randy Robitaille scored for New York, which had 29 saves from Garth Snow. Robitaille's power-play goal had given the Isles a 2-1 lead.

Game 4 is Wednesday night on Long Island, and the series returns to Ottawa for Game 5 on Thursday.

Maple Leafs 4, Flyers 3, 2 OT

TORONTO - Tomas Kaberle scored his second goal of the game at 7:20 of the second overtime as Toronto took a 2-1 lead over Philadelphia. After Toronto's Mats Sundin skated around the back of the net and put a shot on goalie Roman Cechmanek, Kaberle backhanded the rebound in.

Kaberle tied the game at 2 in the second period. Then Alexander Mogilny gave Toronto a 3-2 lead with his fifth goal of the series, but Mark Recchi tied it in the third.

Kim Johnsson almost won it for the Flyers in the first OT, but his shot deflected off goalie Ed Belfour's right shoulder and hit the post.

Eric Weinrich and Eric Desjardins gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead in the first 8:02. But Robert Reichel put Toronto back in the game with a goal just 37 seconds after that of Desjardins'.

Avalanche 3, Wild 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's fans waited 11 years for another playoff game, but Patrick Roy was unbeatable as Colorado spoiled the coming-out party.

In the first playoff game the Twin Cities has hosted since the Dallas Stars were the Minnesota North Stars in 1992, Alex Tanguay's first-period goal got Colorado going.

The victory gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series. Game 4, also in St. Paul, is Wednesday night. The series shifts back to Denver for Game 5 on Saturday afternoon.

Peter Forsberg a goal and an assist and Joe Sakic had a goal for Colorado, which got 18 saves from Roy.

Blues 3, Canucks 1

ST. LOUIS - So far, the St. Louis Blues don't miss Al MacInnis.

Doug Weight had two goals and an assist and a stingy defense helped the Blues take control of their opening round playoff series. The Blues, who also got a goal and an assist from Pavol Demitra, lead the series 2-1 heading into Game 4 Wednesday night in St. Louis.

MacInnis, the Blues' captain, injured his shoulder on a hit by Todd Bertuzzi in the first period of Game 2 and will be out indefinitely.

Without his dominating slap shot on the power play, the Blues improvised with a lineup that often featured four left-handed shooters.

Mighty Ducks 2, Red Wings 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 36 shots and Samuel Pahlsson and Stanislav Chistov scored as the Mighty Ducks beat the Red Wings to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference series.

Last year, the Red Wings came from a 2-0 deficit vs. Vancouver in the first round to the next four games and go to their third Stanley Cup title in six years.

Detroit faces a considerably tougher challenge now - only two other teams have come back to win series when down 3-0.

Swept by Detroit in their only two previous trips to the postseason, the Ducks need a victory at home in Game 4 on Wednesday night to sweep the Red Wings.

The 25-year-old Giguere saved 97 shots to help the Ducks win the first two games. He had 63 saves alone in the Ducks' 2-1 triple overtime win in Game 1. In the second game, they scored two late goals for a 3-2 victory in Detroit.




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