Hockeytown Stunned Again

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2003 Playoffs

Steve Thomas scored the winning goal with 4:14 remaining as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim came from behind to grab a stunning two games to none lead in their Western Conference quarterfinal series with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

"Even though we're up two games, I have so much respect for that team," said Thomas. "It's important to keep composure and to stay on an even keel right now."

Stanislav Chistov and Jason Krog also scored for Anaheim while Jason Woolley and Luc Robitaille tallied for Detroit as the series moves to Anaheim for Games 3 and 4.

Detroit also opened last year's first round with two home losses before winning four straight games over Vancouver to begin its march to another Stanley Cup.

"Just because we did it last year doesn't mean we're going to do it this year," Detroit's Brendan Shanahan said. "But we've got that experience to draw on."

Caps Up 2-0 On Lightning
Jaromir Jagr scored two goals and two assists as the Washington Capitals cruised to a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a commanding two games to none lead in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

"It's not over until you lose four games. We have two to go to win the series," Jagr said. "I've been on their side before and down two. It's definitely not over."

Peter Bondra had two goals and Michael Nylander and Mike Grier each scored for Washington, which hosts Game Three on Tuesday.

"I know they have a stranglehold," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "We need everything going to crawl back into this."

Avalanche Even Series
Brian Willsie scored his first goal of the season and first career playoff goal, and Patrick Roy made 24 saves as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 Saturday to square their first-round series.

The series shifts to Minnesota for Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Wednesday.

"We got a split and that's what you try to do on the road in the playoffs," Wild goalie Dwayne Roloson said. "Now we are going back to our building, and hopefully we can do well there.

Lalime Shuts Out Isles
Marian Hossa scored twice and Patrick Lalime stopped 16 shots as the Ottawa Senators beat the New York Islanders, 3-0, to even the first-round series one game apiece.

"We got off to the start we wanted, with Hossa leading the way," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said of Game 2. "It was good for us to play solid for 60 minutes and it was nice to see us come out and rebound after the first game. It was just a great effort."

The series shifts to New York for Game Three on Monday.

Canucks Back On Track
Trent Klatt and Ed Jovanovski scored power-play goals, and Dan Cloutier made 26 saves as the Vancouver Canucks tied their first-round playoff series with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

The Blues appeared to have lost more than just a game as their captain Al MacInnis left the ice with an upper body injury in the opening minutes.

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