Red Wings Take Charge

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2002 Playoffs

Fredrik Olausson scored his first playoff goal in 10 years at 12:44 of overtime as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

"I saw their forwards went to change and their defense was a little bit backed in, so I just took the shot," said Olausson. "Players were starting to get a little tired. Things happen that don't normally happen. I'm just trying to be a steadying influence on the blueline. Colorado is a great hockey team, it's always intense."

Dominik Hasek, who made 20 saves, set up the goal by clearing a loose puck to Steve Yzerman at center ice. Yzerman found Olausson, who scored his first playoff goal since April 18, 1992, for Winnipeg against Vancouver.

"I don't think Patrick saw it when I shot it, and it might have surprised him a little bit," said Olausson.

Detroit dominated the game outshooting Colorado 42-21. Only Patrick Roy in Avalanche's net kept the game from being a blow out.

"I think it's pretty clear that Patrick almost stole a game that we had no business being in," Colorado coach Bob Hartley said. "He gave us every chance possible to go home with a victory we didn't deserve."

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