Draper's OT goal gives Wings 2-0 lead over Caps
Posted: Friday June 12, 1998 02:00 AM
Firepower: Draper (left) beat Kolzig for the decisive overtime goal as the Red Wings outshot the Capitals 60-33 (AP)|
DETROIT (CNN/SI) -- The Detroit Red Wings have been here before. Just ask the Washington Capitals.
The Red Wings' playoff experience paid off Thursday night.
scored with 4:36 left in the first overtime period as the Red Wings, down
two goals in the third period, came back for a 5-4 victory to take a 2-0
lead in the Stanley Cup finals on Thursday night.
best-of-seven format was introduced, only three NHL teams have rallied to
win the Cup after losing the first two games of the finals. Montreal was
the last in 1971.
"This is a great win for us, a great win for
our team," Draper said after his first goal of the playoffs and the biggest
of his career. "It just shows the character we have. We felt if we kept
going and kept going, we'd have the chance to win and we did."
The series now shifts to Washington for Games 3 and 4 on Saturday and
Tuesday. "We'll bounce back," Capitals coach Ron Wilson said. "We lost
two games by a goal in Detroit. We're going home and we'll bounce back."
Yzerman scored twice and Martin LaPointe
and Doug Brown
once, with Brown capping a late two-goal rally with the game-tying goal
with 4:14 to play in regulation.
Peter Bondra, Chris Simon, Adam Oates and Joe Juneau scored for
The game winner, which snapped a Washington string
of five straight overtime victories, came on a play on which Brendan Shanahan
got control of the puck in the right corner and feathered it to LaPointe.
He seemed to see Draper cruising in front of the net and goaltender Olaf Kolzig and
centered the puck across the slot. Draper redirected it past the
defenseless Kolzig, who seemed to be expecting a shot from the circle.
"I came out on a line change and I don't think anyone saw me,"
Draper said. "I went to the net with my stick on the ice and one-timed it.
Martin made a great pass. You can see by the smile how happy I am."
Not all bad news: Kolzig notched 55 saves in the game, including 12 in the overtime period (AP)||
The goal capped an outstanding game in which the teams scored nine
goals and took 93 shots, with the 60th by Detroit being the game-winner.
It also spoiled another great game by Kolzig, who had 55 saves.
"This is the Stanley Cup final in Detroit and it was a chance to
even the series, so this might be our toughest loss," Kolzig said. "But
time and time again, we have a lot of veterans in this dressing room and
time and time again we've bounced back. We'll see how we do Saturday."
The Capitals seemed on the verge of tying the series after
building a 4-2 lead with less than 12 minutes to play and Kolzig playing
great in goal.
However, the Red Wings increased their intensity
and attacked at every chance in a period in which they had 20 shots.
LaPointe narrowed the margin to 4-3 by one-timing a great backhand
cross-ice pass by Igor Larionov past
Kolzig with 11:52 left in regulation.
Esa Tikkanen missed
an open net that could have iced the game for Washington about two minutes
later and Brown eventually tied the game with 4:14 left with a shot from in
close after intercepting a clearing pass around the boards.
had the win on the tip of Tik's stick," Wilson said.
teams had great chances to win in the closing minutes of regulation. Goalie
Bellows in close with about two minutes left, and Kolzig had to make at
least three good saves.
Osgood (right) made 29 saves, but only faced 10 shots in the third and overtime periods (AP)|
Bondra, Simon and Oates scored in a
nine-minute second-period span to stake the Capitals to a 3-1 lead.
A shorthanded goal by Yzerman cut the margin to 3-2 midway through
the third period. Facing a two-goal deficit, the Red Wings rallied like
champions and tied the game in the final 11:52 on goals by Lapointe and
Brown in close.
The Capitals has seemingly taken control early
in the second period when Bondra scored a somewhat controversial goal.
Well this is a very important game for the NHL. These Stanley Cup playoffs
are operating on two levels. Number one, who's going to win the Cup --
Detroit or Washington. Number two, and perhaps even more importantly, is
can these games entertain the fans. The NHL is struggling right now. TV
ratings are very low. After a Prozac first game, the NHL needed a big time
second game. It got it Game 2.
Before the series started we talked about the Red Wings' superior depth. We
saw that tonight in the third period and overtime. Coach Scott Bowman had
the confidence in his team to use three lines and three defense pairings.
Ron Wilson, the coach of the Capitals, had to shorten his bench and use
only two defense pairs in the third period and overtime. And eventually
Washington ran down.
Oh this (win) is huge. And especially Esa Tikkanen. He had
the game on his stick. He puts that gimme in, the Capitals are up two goals
with fewer than 10 minutes left. It is a huge gaff. The biggest in Stanley
Cup history since 1993, the second when Marty McSorley was
caught with an illegal stick. Esa Tikkanen is going to think about that
Defenseman Jeff Brown shot the
puck from his own faceoff circle across the Red Wings goal line. Bondra
raced in, got the puck and beat Osgood from the left circle on a play in
which the Detroit goaltender seemed to relax, thinking linesman Kevin
Collins was going to whistle either an offside or icing.
Collins didn't make the call because Andrei
Nikolishin barely touched the puck at center ice, negating the two-line
pass. When Bondra got to the puck first and thus the icing was wiped out.
Washington capitalized on two mistakes after that with Simon
scoring his first goal of the playoffs on a rebound at 6:11 and Oates
tallying on a breakaway at 11:03 after Nicklas Lidstrom
failed to handle a puck at his own blue line.
Yzerman, who had
at least a half-dozen good scoring chances, woke up the Detroit offense by
scoring on a two-on-one short-handed breakaway at 6:37.
scored from the slot 37 seconds later to tie the game.
Holmstrom, who set up both Detroit goals in Game 1, got the Red Wings going
again in Game 2 by setting up Yzerman at 7:49. Kolzig stopped Yzerman's
initial shot from the left circle, but the Red Wings captain got the
rebound and flipped it home.
Konstantinov and Sergei Mnatsakanov, injured in a limousine accident
just six days after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup last year, attended
their second playoff game at Joe Louis Arena in less than two weeks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.