Ducks Not Done Yet

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2003 Playoffs

Ruslan Salei scored at 6:59 into overtime and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks beat New Jersey 3-2 to cut the Devils lead in the Stanley Cup finals to two games to one.

Adam Oates won a faceoff cleanly and slid the puck back to Salei, who wristed a shot past Devils goalie Martin Brodeur.

"In that situation, when you win the draw, you got to shoot," Salei said. "As long as there is a line to shoot, you've got to take a shot and hope for the best."

The Ducks victory changes the series dynamics drastically making Game 4 on Monday crucial to both teams.

"We came here to get one, and there's no better time," New Jersey center Scott Gomez said. "Everyone wrote those guys off, except us. We knew they weren't going to give up. It's a great club over there."

Anaheim played with intensity not seen in the first two games of the finals, but can also thank a rare mishap by Brodeur for the win.

Less than a minute after the Devils had tied the game at 1-1 in the second period, Brodeur skated to play a slow shot from the red line when he dropped his stick and accidentally kicked the puck in his own net.

"I was laughing at myself a little bit," Brodeur said. "What are the odds that you are going to have your stick slip out of your hands? So it happens. It's one of the bad bounces. ... Definitely, this ranks up as a weird one."

"You don't think Patrick Roy ever made a play like that? It's not the end of the world." Devils coach Pat Burns said. "You're going to fault the goaltender for that? I'm not."

Anaheim's goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 29 saves and broke Patrick Roy's record by extending his overtime shutout streak to 167 minutes, 48 seconds.

"This series isn't about the New Jersey Devils," Giguere said. "We can't sit back and wait for them to play their game. We've got to play our game."

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