Dominik Hasek said he thought he was cheated twice last night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Buffalo Sabres' goaltender, who had been invincible during an eight-game postseason winning streak, said he thought two of the Washington Capitals' goals should not have counted in the Sabres' 3-2 overtime loss at MCI Center that left the series tied at one game apiece.

Hasek said he believed icing should have been called just prior to the Capitals' winning goal in overtime, which would have meant a face-off in the Capitals' zone. Instead, play was allowed to continue and Andrei Nikolishin passed from the right corner to Todd Krygier, who scored the decisive goal 3 minutes 1 seconds into overtime.

"It was icing," Hasek said. "That's why I let the puck go. . . . I knew it was icing. I didn't even have to watch the replay. But they scored the goal right after that."

Hasek also said his teammates told him that Washington forward Peter Bondra was in the crease and that Bondra had bumped him illegally before deflecting in a shot for the Capitals' first goal. That goal, which tied the score at 1, came with 4.9 seconds left in the second period and ended Hasek's shutout streak against the Capitals at 171 minutes 10 seconds.

"I wanted a review," Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff said. "There was none. I asked {referee Kerry} Fraser for an explanation and he said there was no interference."

Hasek finished with 36 saves, but couldn't help feeling he had not done his job as Buffalo lost for just the second time in 11 playoff games. It was the Sabres' first loss in four overtime games this spring.

"You can't be happy if you lose the game," Hasek said. "Every shot you give up a goal, you think you could have done something about.

"On the first goal, I couldn't do anything -- it was a deflection. The second was a nice play by {Joe} Juneau. The third was a nice shot. Of course, you think you should make that save. But sometimes it's very difficult."

It was a difficult night all the way around for Hasek, who had looked solid until Bondra's goal late in the second period.

However, he was flopping on the ice when Juneau grabbed his own rebound (his first shot caromed off the skate of a Buffalo defenseman) and gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead by lifting a backhanded shot over Hasek with 5:44 left in regulation.

Suddenly, Hasek seemed vulnerable. Slightly more than one minute later, he was also very angry. He went to the left corner to play a loose puck and, after hitting the puck, was run into from behind by Bondra. Hasek fell to the ice, his stick flying from his blocker. After regaining his feet, Hasek hurled his blocker at Bondra as play moved to the other end of the rink.

A fracas ensued, involving all 10 skaters on the ice. When Fraser was through calling penalties, the Capitals had a two-minute power play, partly because of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Hasek.

"Tonight we created a lot more traffic, bumped him here and there and threw him off his game a little bit," Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig said. "He seemed to get frustrated as the game went on."

However, Hasek regained his composure and made a splendid save on a shot by Brian Bellows from the left circle during the power play.

The importance of that save was magnified when Matthew Barnaby tied the score at 2 with a fluke goal in the final minute of regulation, forcing overtime. With the Sabres on a power play, Barnaby shot the puck toward the goal and it deflected in off the stick of Washington forward Esa Tikkanen.

In overtime, Hasek allowed a dump-in to go around the boards, thinking icing was going to be called on the Capitals. Instead, Nikolishin gained control in the right corner and backhanded a pass to Krygier all alone in the slot. He beat Hasek with a shot about one foot off the ice on the Hasek's stick side.

"On the first one, the skate was clearly in the crease and the last one was icing," Barnaby said. "Clearly, two of their goals should not have been allowed."