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Detroit veterans find net to force Game 7

5/30/2002

DENVER (AP) -- Brendan Shanahan said he didn't sleep well after
missing an open net in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

He made sure that wasn't a problem after Game 6.

Shanahan broke out of his scoring slump with a goal in the first
period, and Dominik Hasek stopped 24 shots as the Red Wings beat
the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 Wednesday night to force a Game 7.

"You tell yourself good things when you're getting close and
hitting posts, but it's still very frustrating,'' Shanahan said.
"I personally wanted to have a big night, but I don't think it was
a night of personal gains.''

Detroit broke a four-game losing streak in elimination games
dating to a victory over St. Louis in the 1996 conference
semifinals.

Colorado will have to play a Game 7 for the fourth straight
series -- extending its own league record -- and for the fifth time
in its last six series.

The Avalanche have won four straight Game 7s, including
victories over Los Angeles and San Jose this year.

Game 7 is Friday night in Detroit (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET).

"We are not happy going back to Detroit,'' Colorado goalie
Patrick Roy said. "It is a big challenge, but it's been like this
for us all year. We have a hard time making it easy on ourselves.''

The Red Wings rallied from eight one-goal deficits in the first
five games, but didn't need any comebacks this time.

Shanahan, criticized for his lack of production in the series,
opened the scoring with 38 seconds left in the first period on a
shot that Roy thought he stopped.

Roy raised his glove, thinking he caught Shanahan's shot from
the slot, but the puck hit the ice and trickled into the net. Roy
briefly tried to argue the call, then bent over and covered his
mask with both gloves in frustration.

"I didn't know if I had it in my glove,'' said Roy, who stopped
26 shots. "I held my glove up looking for the puck and it rolled
back.''

It was Shanahan's fifth goal of the playoffs, but his first
since Game 4 against St. Louis in the second round. He hit a post
with two minutes left in regulation in Game 5, which Colorado won
2-1 in overtime.

It was also the first time Detroit scored the first goal in the
series and the Red Wings' first lead in regulation since the third
period of Game 1.

"Sometimes when you get the lead you sit back, and I was glad
we didn't,'' Detroit coach Scott Bowman said.

Darren McCarty made it 2-0 with 6:33 left in the second after a
Colorado turnover in Detroit's zone.

Colorado was trying to set up near the right circle, but Peter
Forsberg couldn't reach a back pass by Martin Skoula. McCarty beat
Roy stickside with a slap shot from the left faceoff dot after
keeping the puck on a 3-on-1 break.

It was McCarty's first goal since scoring three straight in the
third period of Game 1.

"I thought 1-0, we were all right, but 2-0 was a different game
for them,'' Colorado's Chris Drury said. "They could sit back a
little more.''

Hasek, who allowed goals at critical moments in the previous two
games, was spectacular at times in earning his fourth shutout of
the playoffs this year and 10th of his career.

He turned away a flip shot by Milan Hejduk on a power play in
the second period, then sprawled out to stop Hejduk from close
range a few minutes later.

Hasek also made a skate save on a hard shot by Joe Sakic during
a power play in the third, and a sliding stop on Steven Reinprecht
a few seconds later.

"They had their chances, but Dom came up big when he needed
to,'' Detroit's Chris Chelios said.

Colorado raised the ire of the Red Wings in the second period by
asking the officials to check the width of Hasek's stick.

Hasek reluctantly agreed to hand over his stick, then made
repeated motions to get it back after the officials ruled it to be
within the 3½-inch limit.

The move resulted in a bench penalty against Colorado and wiped
out 1:23 of a power play.

"We had information that Hasek was playing with an illegal
stick and down 2-0 with 1:20 on the power play, we thought the
timing was right,'' Colorado coach Bob Hartley said. "Sometimes in
games you try some things that work. Unfortunately for us, that one
didn't.''

Colorado, already thin on the front lines due to injuries, lost
forward Stephane Yelle to a sprained neck midway through the second
period.

Injuries to Mike Keane (ribs), Alex Tanguay (leg) and Dan Hinote
(leg) forced Colorado to move defenseman Pascal Trepanier to
forward.

Game notes
Roy has faced 130 shots in the past three games. ...
McCarty leads the Red Wings with four goals in the series. ...
Trepanier played just his second game of the playoffs. ... Colorado
has failed to score on its last 13 power plays. ... Detroit's Brett
Hull was injured early in the second when he hit the backboards
after tangling with Rob Blake, but later returned.