Stunner At Staples

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2001 Playoffs

Detroit vs. Los Angeles

Eric Belanger capped the most unbelievable comeback in this year's playoffs by scoring 2:36 into overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

"It's a great feeling," said Belanger.

The Kings rallied for three goals in the final 6:07 of regulation to send the game to overtime after Detroit had built a 3-0 lead on power-play goals.

"I don't know why, but I believe we had a chance to come back all the time," said Luc Robitaille. "I knew if we kept working, we'd get our breaks."

With their first back-to-back playoff victories since 1993, the Kings evened the best-of-seven series 2-2. Game 5 is Saturday in Detroit.

"I just see it as an evening up of the series right now," Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said. "We talked about having a goal of having Game Six in LA. We'd love Game Six to be the game where we can close the series out."

Scott Thomas scored a power-play goal with 6:07 left in the third period to open scoring for the Kings as Detroit's Martin Lapointe was in the penalty box.

Three minutes later Lapointe took another penalty and Jozef Stumpel scored for the Kings as goalie Felix Potvin was pulled for extra skater.

The Staples Center exploded with 53 seconds left when Bryan Smolinski got the puck at the edge of the right faceoff circle off a goalmouth scramble and wristed it past a startled Osgood to send the game to overtime.

The Kings comeback comes almost exactly 19 years after 'Miracle On Manchester' when they scored five times in the third period and defeated the heavily favored Edmonton Oilers on Daryl Evans' overtime goal in Game Three of the 1982 Smythe Division semifinals.

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