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  •   Red Wings Push Ducks to Limit

    Red Wings Logo By Ken Peters
    Associated Press
    Sunday, April 25, 1999; 6:21 p.m. EDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Detroit Red Wings, who swept Anaheim in the Mighty Ducks' only other year in the playoffs, are on the brink of doing it again.

    Steve Yzerman scored his fifth goal in three playoff games to snap a tie with Detroit holding a two-man advantage in the second period, and the Red Wings went on to beat Anaheim 4-2 Sunday and take a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven series.

    Game 4 is Tuesday night in Anaheim.

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

    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.

    Yzerman scored the go-ahead goal with Travis Green in the penalty box for elbowing and Stu 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.

    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 seventh 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.

    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.

    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 of a shot by Teemu Selanne 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.

    © Copyright 1999 The Associated Press

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