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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russians Lead Red Wings to OT Win

DETROIT -- The Russian connection came through big time for the Red Wings as Detroit grabbed a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals with a triple overtime victory.


Vyacheslav Kozlov took a pass from Vladimir Konstantinov and scored a power-play goal 91 seconds into the sixth period to give the Red Wings their second consecutive overtime win.


"We put the Russians together and they got most of the shots for us," said Detroit coach Scotty Bowman, whose team unleashed 71 shots.


Anaheim defenseman J.J. Daigneault drew a penalty 63 seconds into the third overtime for hooking Doug Brown to break up a semi-breakaway.


Just 28 seconds later, Konstantinov found Kozlov, who fired a slap shot from the right faceoff circle that cleanly beat goaltender Mikhail Shtalenkov, ending the marathon.


"Our team can feel it now. We want to get to the finals," said Detroit captain Steve Yzerman.


Shtalenkov came on at 7:02 of the third period after Guy Hebert was injured lunging to stop a shot by Brendan Shanahan. Shtalenkov and Hebert combined for 68 saves for the Ducks.


Mike Vernon made 49 saves for Detroit.


Rangers 2, Devils 0. At New Jersey, Mike Richter posted his eighth career playoff shutout and Brian Leetch scored a power-play goal in the first period as the New York Rangers posted a 2-0 victory over the Devils to even their Eastern Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.


Richter made 32 saves, including a sprawling highlight film stop on John MacLean's point-blank attempt to tie the game with just over a minute left. Russ Courtnall scored an empty-net goal in the final minute to seal the victory.


The game was mirror image of Game 1 in which New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur recorded a shutout and the Devils got a power-play goal and an empty netter in the final minute.


Avalanche 4, Oilers 1. At Colorado, the defending Stanley Cup champions continued their stellar play at home to grab a two games to none lead in their Western Conference semifinal with the Edmonton Oilers. Scott Young and Claude Lemieux scored power-play goals and Patrick Roy made 42 saves to lead the Avalanche to a 4-1 win. Colorado has a league-leading 15 post-season power-play goals and has won all five home playoff games, outscoring its opponents by a whopping 25-3 margin.


Valeri Kamensky's goal at 6:39 of the second broke a 1-1 tie. The puck actually got past goalie Curtis Joseph after bouncing off two Oilers in front of the Edmonton net.


Doug Weight scored the lone Edmonton goal.