Ducks Take 2-0 Lead Back Home

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim rallied back after being down by a goal late in the third period Saturday to claim a 3-2 win over the Red Wings and stretch their lead in the first-round playoff series to two games.

Down 2-1 with 6:26 remaining in the third, Anaheim forward Jason Krog skated in on top of Detroit goalie Curtis Joseph and beat him to tie the game.

Just over two minutes later, after a botched breakout pass by Chris Chelios, Rob Neidermayer sent the puck to Steve Thomas, who skated in alone and blasted a shot past Joseph, giving the Ducks the lead.

Anaheim had taken an early lead on a goal by Stanislav Chistov but Detroit battled back in the second periond.

Just 2:14 into the second, Jason Woolley picked up a rebound and ripped it past Mighty Ducks’ goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Four minutes later, Luc Robitaille knocked a fluttering puck down behind Giguere to give the Wings the lead.

Giguere kept the Mighty Ducks in the game, making several key stops and giving the team a rest while he dealt with a long “equipment problem” similar to the incident when he was “shaken up” in Game One. Giguere finished with thirty-four saves.

Joseph made twenty saves on twenty-three shots in net for Detroit.

Game Three will be on Monday night in Anaheim.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

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