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Freaky goal helps Wings win

©Associated Press
October 14, 2002

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Brendan Shanahan scored 43 seconds into the game then was credited with an empty-net goal in the second as Detroit beat Anaheim 4-2 on Sunday.

Shanahan's second goal, which gave Detroit a 3-0 lead, came during a delayed penalty against the Red Wings as Anaheim goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere skated toward the Ducks bench.

Meanwhile, at the Red Wings' end of the ice, the Ducks' Adam Oates tried to pass from behind the goal line.

But the puck deflected off of Shanahan's leg and slid all of the way down the ice -- about 190 feet -- into the empty net.

Giguere looked stunned, raising his hands in disbelief.

The rules state if there is a penalty call against the team not in possession of the puck, the referee should not blow his whistle or impose the penalty until the team in possession of the puck loses control of it.

On his first goal, his first of the season, Shanahan picked up the loose puck at the blue line, skated to his right and fired a slap shot from the right circle that sailed over Giguere's right shoulder.

Nicklas Lidstrom gave Detroit a 2-0 lead when he scored with 1:02 left in the second.

Henrik Zetterberg's goal on a power play 13:42 into third capped the Wings' scoring.

Paul Kariya and Ruslan Salei scored for Anaheim.

BLACKHAWKS 3, SABRES 0: Jocelyn Thibault stopped 26 shots for his first shutout of the season, and three players scored for the host Blackhawks.

The Sabres had scored 11 goals in two games, but Thibault earned his 28th shutout to help the Blackhawks win their first game and hand the Sabres their first loss.

Thibault made one of his toughest saves midway through the third, when he stopped J.P. Dumont on a breakaway with the toe of his skate.

He also made several close-in stops late. During a Sabres power play, Miroslav Satan hit the post with 28 seconds left.

Jon Klemm opened the scoring 1:26 into the game.

Tyler Aranason and Alex Zhamnov scored 2:54 apart early in the second to give Chicago a 3-0 victory.

Sniper unnerving for Capitals

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- For Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig, the sniper terrorizing suburban Washington is striking close to home.

Kolzig said he passed by the school where a teenage boy was shot last week only five minutes after the attack.

"The fortunate thing is I don't live off a major highway or anything, and that seems to be where he's striking the most," he said Saturday after a 2-1 victory over the Islanders.

"I feel for the victims' families and what they're going through and what everybody in D.C. is going through. It's just another form of terrorism."

Friday, the Capitals opened the season at home, hours after an eighth confirmed death was linked to a sniper who has attacked at least 10 times.

"We were indoors. That's probably the one good thing," Kolzig said Saturday. "It's gotten to the point that, yeah, you think like that."

The Capitals will be back home Oct. 30 after an eight-game road trip that began Saturday.

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