Sergei Fedorov scored his first playoff goal with 2:06 remaining Friday night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their second-round series.
Paul Coffey intercepted a pass and started the play with a feed to Vyacheslav Kozlov. He skated into the left circle, then slipped the puck to Fedorov in the slot. Fedorov forced goalie Jon Casey left, then flipped it into the net on the stick side.Dino Ciccarelli and Darren McCarty also scored for Detroit, which had the league's best record this season. Shayne Corson and Brett Hull scored for St. Louis. Hull's goal moved him into a 15th place tie with his father, Bobby, on the career playoff scoring list, each with 62.
The best-of-7 series continues Sunday at Joe Louis Arena, then moves to St. Louis for Games 3 and 4.
This game was not punctuated by a wide-open offense for the Red Wings, which is what they used in eliminating Winnipeg 4-2 in the first round. Detroit's defense also was stingy in that series, holding the Jets to 116 shots in six games, only 10 of which went into the net.
But the Blues outshot the Red Wings 33-28.
Hull's fourth goal, on a power play, tied it 2-2 at 2:19 of the third period. Hull's shot from between the circles trickled over goalie Chris Osgood's stick while Marc Bergevin was off for boarding Geoff Courtnall.
McCarty's first postseason goal at 18:21 of the second put Detroit ahead 2-1. Casey went down stopping Kris Draper's shot from between the circles and McCarty flipped it in over the fallen goalie.
Osgood made six saves, three of them spectacular stops, while Greg Johnson was off for holding the stick of Brian Noonan in the second. But on the seventh shot of the power play, Corson knocked in the rebound of Hull's slap shot to tie the game.
It was the first power-play goal of the playoffs against Detroit; Winnipeg went 0-for-28 on the power play in the first round. The Blues finally broke through on their fifth power-play opportunity.
The Red Wings, who won an NHL-record 62 games, took the regular-season series with the Blues, 3-1-1, in part because St. Louis was scoreless in 22 power-play opportunities.
Detroit hasn't won the Stanley Cup since 1955. That's the longest current drought in the league.
Penguins 4, Rangers 3
At Pittsburgh, Jaromir Jagr scored twice and set up Mario Lemieux's game-winning goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins won a shootout of the stars in the opener of their second-round series.
Lemieux and Mark Messier, two of the three finalists for the Hart Trophy awarded the NHL's best player, each had a goal and an assist as the Penguins opened 1-0 series lead against New York for the third time since 1989. Pittsburgh won the other two series.
Messier led a third-period flurry that briefly put New York ahead 3-2. But his careless slash on Petr Nedved - the ex-teammate he all but ran out of New York - set up Pittsburgh's momentum-swinging initial goal after the Penguins didn't get off a shot for nearly 10 minutes.
It took Lemieux to finish off the Penguins' uncharacteristic opening-game victory - they are only 13-16 in Game 1 of playoff series - by scoring at 12:43 of the third period. Jagr's spinaround move at the blue line shook him free of defenseman Bruce Driver, allowing him to make an on-the-tape cross-ice pass to Lemieux in the lower left circle.
The Penguins, who also beat the Rangers in 1989 and 1992 series, will try to take a 2-0 lead Sunday in Game 2 at the Civic Arena.
It was a considerably more uptempo game than either team played in the first round, the Rangers against Montreal, Pittsburgh against Washington.
`Save the Whalers' gets extension
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - There's still time for a big save.
The Hartford Whalers agreed Friday to a two-week extension of a state-led drive to sell 11,000 season tickets, a campaign that is crucial to their decision on whether to stay or leave.
Team and state officials said they were impressed with the 7,601 season tickets generated by May 1 - the initial deadline of the month-long campaign - and figured there was nothing to lose by toughing it out until May 14.