Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Red Wings Top Bruins, Keep Rolling

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Red Wings Top Bruins, Keep Rolling

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Ray Sheppard scored the first goal and assisted on the decisive one as the surging Detroit Red Wings beat the slumping Boston Bruins 3-2 in a National Hockey League game Saturday night.

The Red Wings are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games.

The Bruins, playing without injured Cam Neely and Adam Oates, lost their fourth in a row and are winless in five.

Vyacheslav Kozlov and Vladimir Konstantinov had the other goals for Detroit. Ted Donato and Dave Reid scored the Boston goals.

Tim Cheveldae, who has won nine of his last 11 starts, faced 35 Boston shots - including five tough ones in the last minute after the Bruins removed goalie John Blue for a sixth skater. The Wings had 30 shots at Blue.

Sheppard got Detroit started at 5:37 of the first period with his 27th goal, on a low shot from the crease that eluded Blue on the stick side. Kozlov made it 2-0, converting a cross-ice pass from Sergei Fedorov into his 22nd goal at 17:19.

Donato swept a pass from Joe Juneau under Cheveldae on a power play at 12:24 of the second period.

But the Wings made it 3-1 only 24 seconds into the third period when Konstantinov jammed the puck between Blue's pads and the post.

Sheppard got the play going in center ice with a pass to Steve Yzerman, who sent Konstantinov in with only Boston defenseman Glen Wesley to beat.

The two-goal lead was on the board only 32 seconds before Reid scored on a rebound. Penguins 4, Oilers 3

PITTSBURGH - Larry Murphy scored 17 seconds after Edmonton had tied the game in the third period, enabling Pittsburgh to stretch its unbeaten streak to six games.

Steve Rice tied the game with a power-play goal in the third period before Murphy's shot from the right point deflected in off Oilers defenseman Dave Manson.

The Penguins took their first lead 4:20 into the third when Joe Mullen scored on a power play. Three players piled onto goalie Bill Ranford, allowing Mullen to lift in a loose puck for his 25th goal of the season.

The Oilers got four minutes of power-play time when Grant Jennings took a double minor for roughing and Rice converted. Ken Wregget made a diving stop on Jason Arnott's shot, but Rice poked in the rebound at 13:22.

The Oilers scored first in each of the first two periods, and the Penguins answered quickly each time. …

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