Wings Win In 3OT

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2002 Playoffs

Igor Larionov scored his second goal of the game 14:47 into triple overtime as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.

"I've been in two finals and this is my first goal in the finals ... ," Larionov said. "I took my time and just put the puck in the net. I don't think that I've ever scored a bigger goal. This is the biggest goal of my career."

Larionov, who is the oldest player in the NHL at 41, became the oldest player to score a goal in Cup finals.

It was the third longest Stanley Cup Finals game in NHL history and the longest since current Red Wing Brett Hull scored 14:51 into the third extra period in 1999 to win a championship for the Dallas Stars.

"I have never been involved in a game this long," Detroit Coach Scotty Bowman said. "Both teams played as hard as they could."

The Hurricanes came close to winning the game in regulation when Hull deflected a shot by Nicklas Lidstrom into the net for the tying goal with 1:14 left in the third period.

The Hurricanes had thrived in overtime in the playoffs, winning seven of eight games, including the opener of this series.

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