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© St. Petersburg Times, published May 3, 2001


Another road win as Sabres even series

PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux had no shots, Jaromir Jagr had no impact. Everything went right for the Buffalo Sabres in Pittsburgh, and now it's the Penguins who are trying to figure out what has gone wrong.

Stu Barnes had two goals in the third period and Vladimir Tsyplakov added another as the Sabres, trying to rally from a 2-0 playoff deficit for the first time in their history, beat the Penguins 5-2 Wednesday night to even their series.

Jean-Pierre Dumont scored 1:28 into the game and Curtis Brown also had a goal as the Sabres won twice in Pittsburgh after being dominated in two games at home by the Penguins. Just as in their 4-1 victory Monday in Game 3, the Sabres won it with a three-goal third.

"We were trying to force things at home, and you can't be playing run and gun with these guys," Jason Woolley said. "We were much more patient here and relied on our defense. At home, you're always trying to put a show on for the fans."

Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series in which the home team has yet to win will be Saturday in Buffalo, where the Penguins outscored the Sabres 6-1 in two games last week.

Martin Straka had a goal for Pittsburgh but was stopped easily by Dominik Hasek on a penalty shot at 8:07 of the third that would have tied it at 3.

"What did I do wrong? I should have let Mario (Lemieux) take the shot," Straka said.

Maybe not. Lemieux, shadowed as closely as he was in a scoreless Game 3, didn't manage a shot, though he assisted on both Penguins goals.

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff, asked about the impact of Hasek's penalty shot save, said, "Look up 'enormous' and put it down in your article."

Barnes, a former Penguins player, had given Buffalo a 3-2 lead at 4:44, getting free from Ian Moran and Aleksey Morozov in front of the net just in time to deflect Donald Audette's shot from the right circle.

Any emotional lift Pittsburgh got from NHL scoring champion Jagr's return from a two-game layoff with a sprained right shoulder ended with Dumont's early goal, and Jagr did not supply the offensive jolt the Penguins hoped for.

AVALANCHE 3, KINGS 0: Patrick Roy extended his NHL record with his 17th playoff shutout, and Alex Tanguay and Milan Hejduk each had a goal and an assist for visiting Colorado.

The Avalanche took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western semifinal, which returns to Denver for Game 5 on Friday.

Roy, the league's winningest goalie in the regular season and playoffs, stopped 21 shots, including several spectacular saves in the first when the Kings had 10 shots.

Colorado, with captain and leading scorer Joe Sakic out with a shoulder injury, did all its scoring in the second.

Colorado had three shots in the first 20 minutes, but Tanguay, left alone just to the right of the crease, scored 3:55 into the second on the Avalanche's sixth shot.

Milan Hejduk made it 2-0 on a power play with 3:33 left and Chris Drury scored 1:46 later.

BLACKHAWKS: Chicago has scheduled a news conference for today to present its new coach. Bryan Murray, Terry Murray, Brian Sutter and current assistant Denis Savard are among the candidates interviewed by general manager Mike Smith. A spokesman refused to disclose the name of the new coach.

BLUES: Bryce Salvador's return could mean at least a little rest for the team's top defensemen. Salvador, a rookie, missed the 3-2 double-overtime victory over the Stars on Tuesday after his forehead was bloodied by a check into the boards in Game 2. Replacement Todd Reirden played less than three minutes and not at all after the second. Captain Chris Pronger played more than 51 minutes, Al MacInnis 40 and Alexander Khavanov 36. Salvador said the cut on the right side of his forehead severed an artery. It required 12 or 13 stitches on the outside and six or seven underneath.

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