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Detroit 4, Los Angeles 0
Posted: Saturday April 14, 2001 06:32 PM
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DETROIT (Ticker) -- Without two of their biggest guns, the Detroit Red Wings relied on special teams and defense to continue their playoff domination of the Los Angeles Kings.

Sergei Fedorov and Steve Duchesne scored power-play goals in the first nine minutes as the Red Wings overcame the absence of Brendan Shanahan and captain Steve Yzerman to blank the Kings, 4-0, in Game Two of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

Detroit set an NHL record with its 13th straight first-round victory and is halfway to its second consecutive opening-round sweep of the Kings. The Edmonton Oilers won 12 straight first-round games from 1983-86, when the series were best-of-five.

Shanahan, Detroit's leading scorer in the regular season with 76 points, is out indefinitely after fracturing his left foot in the Red Wings' 5-3 victory in Game One. Yzerman is expected to miss at least one more game with a low ankle sprain.

But Fedorov, who has picked up his game in the playoffs after struggling down the stretch, set the tone just 2:16 into the first period and Chris Osgood made 20 saves for ninth career playoff shutout.

"We have a deep team and everyone has to step up and play an extra few minutes," Fedorov said. "It looks like everyone responded to the challenge."

"I thought the whole team came together and really played strong as a team," Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom added. "We wanted to really pay attention to all the details out there and I thought we did. All four lines really played well."

Although Detroit scored three goals in the first nine minutes on Wednesday, the Red Wings were disappointed with the way they played in the second period, when the Kings climbed back into the contest with three goals.

Detroit put more emphasis on defense Saturday and was in control throughout after again taking an early lead.

After being held without a goal in the final 10 regular-season games, Fedorov has two goals and three assists in the first two playoff contests.

Special teams continue to haunt the Kings as the Red Wings were 3-of-6 with the man advantage after scoring a pair of power-play goals in Wednesday's opener.

"In the special teams, I find their players are playing with much more energy than ours," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "Their power-play players are getting to the loose pucks, winning the battles and moving the puck much quicker. We're not assertive enough on the penalty-kill."

Detroit coach Scotty Bowman pointed to the penalty-killing of defenseman Chris Chelios, who returned from a thumb injury, as a key.

"I thought he was terrific," Bowman said. "He's always been a great defenseman. One of his strong points has always been killing penalties. We didn't know how many minutes he could play. It's a good, inspirational lift for him to come back. Experience is important in the playoffs."

After Duchesne made it 2-0 at 9:12 of the first, Los Angeles had a chance to get back in the game midway through the second period. But it could not cash in during a five-minute power play after rookie defenseman Jiri Fischer received a major penalty for boarding Adam Deadmarsh at 9:03. The Kings managed only one shot during the advantage.

"I wish I could pinpoint one thing why you don't get things going," Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom said. "That was right in the second period there. We had a chance, for sure, with a five-minute power play. We need to do some damage there."

"We needed that penalty-kill because five minutes is a long time," said Fedorov. "I think it did give us more confidence as far as how we've been playing the game."

The Red Wings broke it open in the third period on a pair of goals by Vyacheslav Kozlov, including Detroit's third power-play tally with 6:29 left.

"I thought we played a lot stronger for the whole game in our own end," Lidstrom said. "Our power play was working again today."

Detroit has not lost at Joe Louis Arena since a 5-3 setback to expansion Minnesota on December 27. The Red Wings ended the regular season with a team-record 19-game home unbeaten streak (17-0-2).

The Kings suffered their 14th straight playoff loss and have not won a postseason game since reaching the Stanley Cup finals in 1993.

"I think the special teams are maybe a picture of what's going on in the series at this point," Murray said. "Their team is simply playing a more determined, energized game than our team is playing."

Los Angeles continues to be its own worst enemy. The Kings vowed they would not take any more careless penalties, but Scott Thomas put them in an early hole when he was penalized for slashing Chelios at 2:04.

Detroit capitalized 12 seconds later as Fedorov ripped a slap shot from the right faceoff circle past goaltender Felix Potvin, who made 28 saves.

At 7:53 of the first, Glen Murray was penalized for goaltender interference. Again, the Red Wings took advantage as Duchesne took a feed in the high slot from Fedorov and beat Potvin with a one-timer to the glove side.

"We've been struggling, trying to kill off our power play," Kings defenseman Aaron Miller said. "We didn't do it again tonight and it cost us. Either we figure out how to kill our power play or we stay out of the box."

The Kings do not have much time to regroup. They host Game Three on Sunday night.


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