Maltby Lifts Red Wings Past Avalanche in OT
By John Mossman
Maltby, stationed just right of the goal, took a pass from Kris Draper behind the net and put it past Patrick Roy to give the Red Wings their fifth consecutive win in the postseason after a first-round sweep of Anaheim.
Both teams survived five-minute penalties against them, but the Avalanche couldn't overcome the loss of their best player, Peter Forsberg, who was assessed a game misconduct late in the second period.
Detroit's Bill Ranford, who started in goal in place of the injured Chris Osgood, (sprained right knee), had 37 saves. Roy finished with 31.
Game 2 is scheduled in Denver on Sunday.
In a tightly officiated first period that featured eight penalties five of them against Colorado the Avalanche took a 2-1 lead.
Detroit scored first. After gaining a 5-on-3 advantage for 22 seconds as a result of penalties against Colorado's Adam Foote and Sylvain Lefebvre, Steve Yzerman chipped in a shot from just left of the net at 3:54.
Colorado had its own 5-on-3 advantage for 21 seconds later in the period but couldn't capitalize.
But Theo Fleury tied it on a power play at 10:51, taking a rebound and bouncing the puck off the post from just right of the net.
Less than two minutes later, Colorado's Adam Deadmarsh, fighting off Chris Chelios inside the right circle, redirected a shot from the point by Foote for a go-ahead goal at 12:34.
Detroit made it 2-2 in the second period. Claude Lemieux's apparent goal early in the period was disallowed because of a hand pass. Then at 16:30, Detroit's Vyacheslav Kozlov punched in a rebound of a shot from the right circle by Sergei Fedorov on a power play.
Two minutes later, the Avalanche lost Forsberg, who was assessed a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. Forsberg hit Brendan Shanahan from behind, knocking Shanahan into the glass and opening a cut around his right eye.
Colorado killed off part of that five-minute penalty in the second period, and then killed off the remaining 3:39 in the third period when Detroit managed no serious scoring chances.
Ranford made a number of acrobatic saves throughout the final period.
At 10:00, the Red Wings' Darren McCarty was assessed a five-minute boarding penalty for slamming Lemieux into the boards from behind, leaving a stunned Lemieux lying on the ice for more than a minute.
McCarty's penalty gave Colorado a 5-on-3 advantage for 32 seconds and a 5-on-4 for the next 4:28, but the Red Wings killed it off, thanks to several outstanding saves by Ranford.
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