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Red Wings top Ducks 4-2, stand one game from sweep

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Posted: Tuesday May 04, 1999 01:24 PM

  Red Wings rejoice: Detroit's Sergei Fedorov (left) celebrates with Wendel Clark (center) and Doug Brown, after scoring less than two minutes into Sunday's game. AP

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- With five goals in three games, the Detroit Red Wings' Steve Yzerman has scored just one fewer than the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Yzerman had the go-ahead goal in the second period Sunday as the Red Wings, who swept Anaheim in the Mighty Ducks' only other year in the playoffs, took a 4-2 victory to move to the brink of another sweep.

"Things are going his way," Detroit coach Scotty Bowman said after Yzerman scored with the Red Wings holding a two-man advantage. "He's around the net, he's picking up rebounds, and he really has good energy and is really focused."

Up 3-0 in the best-of-7 series, Detroit can wrap it up by winning Tuesday night in Anaheim.

Red Wings defensemen Chris Chelios and Niklas Lidstrom again shackled the Mighty Ducks' high-scoring duo of Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya. Selanne, who led the NHL with 47 goals this season, didn't so much as get a shot on goal, and Kariya had three shots, only one in the last two periods.

Lidstrom also assisted on Detroit's tying and go-ahead goals, as the Red Wings came back from a 2-1 deficit in the second period.

Heading into the third game, Bowman didn't want the Red Wings feeling too secure despite their 2-0 lead.

"I told the players that these are dangerous games," he said. "I told them to play like they were down [in the series], even with a two-game advantage."

The Red Wings, who outmuscled and outhustled the Mighty Ducks in the first two games, capitalized on a critical error in judgment by Anaheim defenseman Stu Grimson in Game 3.

Yzerman's goal came with Travis Green in the penalty box for elbowing and Grimson in the dressing room after getting a five-minute match penalty for checking Kris Draper into the glass from behind.

Grimson's penalty, for deliberate attempt to injure, came with an automatic game misconduct -- and probable suspension by the league.

"That was very undisciplined," Anaheim coach Craig Hartsburg said. "You can't do that in the playoffs. You hate to learn those kind of lessons at this time of the year."

Grimson readily admitted that he messed up.

"I thought the game turned on that moment," he said. "It was overly aggressive and it was inappropriate."

The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions swept Anaheim in four games in a second-round series two years ago, the Mighty Ducks' first time in the playoffs.

With the score tied at 2, Yzerman got the puck behind the Ducks' net, skated to the right of the crease and jammed the puck past Guy Hebert on his own rebound for his sixth point of the series.

Vyacheslav Kozlov gave Detroit a two-goal lead when he knocked his own rebound past Hebert 1:54 into the third period.

The Red Wings' Tomas Holmstrom had evened it 2-2 on a disputed goal 1:51 into the second period. Brendan Shanahan passed the puck to Holmstrom, parked just outside the crease, and the puck hit Holmstrom's skate and flipped into the air.

Holmstrom batted the fluttering puck over Herbert's left shoulder. The Mighty Ducks claimed Holmstrom's stick was above the crossbar, but after a review, the officials let the goal stand. It was Holmstrom's second of the series.

Shortly afterward, Grimson drew his costly penalty.

"I still think it was a high stick," Hartsburg said of the Detroit goal. "But then we cracked and it gave them the game."

The Red Wings again got off to a quick start. Just 1:43 into the game, Sergei Fedorov sailed a 30-foot slap shot past Hebert for his first goal of this year's playoffs and 38th of his career.

"If you score early, everybody kind of feeds off that," Bowman said. "They came back, but we still would have been down by two instead of one if Sergei hadn't gotten that goal."

The Ducks, who crumbled after falling behind by three in the first period of a 5-1 loss in Game 2, this time fought back to move ahead 2-1 on power-play goals by Marty McInnis and Jason Marshall later in the first period.

McInnis knocked in a rebound at 9:33, and Marshall, a defenseman, scored the first playoff goal of his career at 15:14, beating Osgood with a slap shot from high in the right circle.

The Red Wings, who won the opening game 5-3, are dominating the Mighty Ducks more than they did in the 1997 sweep, when they went to overtime in three games.

"The difference is that before, we were playing them when they hadn't won a Stanley Cup," Anaheim's Paul Kariya said. "Now they've won two and they've got all the confidence in the world and they know how to win."

 
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