Ducks Even Finals In OT

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2003 Playoffs

Steve Thomas scored just 39 seconds into overtime and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks beat the New Jersey Devils 1-0 and evened the Stanley Cup finals two games apiece.

Martin Brodeur made a great pad save on Samuel Pahlsson's shot to the left of the net, but the rebound deflected to Thomas, who wristed the puck in.

"I thought their D-man was going to get to it,'' Thomas said. "I just went to the net, and it came right to me and I shot it. ... When you have an opportunity to score an overtime goal like that, that's the ultimate."

Anaheim's extra period magic continued as the Ducks improved to 7-0 in overtime in the postseason and Jean-Sebastien Giguere became the first goalie to win his first seven career OT games in playoffs.

"They feel pretty good about themselves, and on the other side, we just blew a 2-0 lead," Brodeur said. "So it's kind of hard to bring any kind of momentum into Game 5. But we'll regroup. ... It's really important for us to have that confidence that we're going to be hard to beat in our building, because they didn't play well in those games."

The Ducks also became the first team in NHL history to win Games 3 and 4 after being shutout in the first two games.

"It's a lot different going back to Jersey 2-2 instead of 3-1," Thomas said. "We knew after those two games in Jersey we were a lot better team than we showed. We decided it was time to turn up our game. It was a little bit embarrassing to play the way we played in the first two games."

Game Five is Thursday in New Jersey, where the Devils are 10-1 in the postseason.

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