Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kozlov's Goal Gives Wings Win in 3 Ots

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kozlov's Goal Gives Wings Win in 3 Ots

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The third overtime was unchartered water for the Detroit Red Wings. And the result put the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in hot water.

The Red Wings grabbed a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series as Vyacheslav Kozlov scored a power-play goal 1 minute 31 seconds into the third overtime Sunday, lifting Detroit over the visiting Mighty Ducks 3-2.

It was Detroit's longest overtime playoff game since March 27, 1960, when Toronto beat the Wings 5-4. "I was in unchartered waters," said Detroit coach Scotty Bowman, who is trying to become the first coach in National Hockey League history to win the Stanley Cup with three different teams and has coached in 270 playoff games. "I'd never been in third overtime in my entire career." Long as it was, the game wasn't the longest in the Stanley Cup playoffs this season. Montreal beat New Jersey 4-3 at 7:37 of the third overtime on April 24. It was the second successive overtime loss for the Ducks, who before the series never had lost a road overtime game, going 8-0-15 in their four-year history. "This is really tough," said Anaheim forward Warren Rychel. "We played two games so hard, and don't have much to show for it. But we've been down before." Games 3 and 4 will be played in Anaheim, where the Mighty Ducks have lost only once in their last 18 games. "We're not discouraged," Anaheim coach Ron Wilson said. "We're encouraged. They can't beat us in regulation. Now we've got a couple of games at home." Steve Yzerman and Doug Brown also scored for Detroit, which last won the Stanley Cup 42 years ago. Jari Kurri and Teemu Selanne scored for the Mighty Ducks, who were 3-0-1 against Detroit in the regular season. Kozlov, taking a pass from Vladimir Konstantinov, shot from a tough angle in the right circle. But the puck sailed past goalie Mikhail Shtalenkov - who replaced injured starter Guy Hebert - and just inside the post for Kozlov's third goal of the playoffs. …

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