The Detroit Red Wings brushed away potential disaster.
Goaltender Chris Osgood was victimized by an improbable goal, a blast from center ice by Al Mac-Innis in the final minute of regulation, then was perfect the rest of the way as the Red Wings won 3-2 in double overtime Tuesday night.Brendan Shanahan, once a star in St. Louis, scored at 11:12 of the second overtime to give Detroit a 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4 Thursday night in St. Louis. But the Red Wings couldn't have done it without a strong rebound from Osgood.
"I said to myself, `It's 2-2, and we're just going to have to win it the hard way,' " Osgood said. "I couldn't let something like that bother me."
In Tuesday night's other playoff game, Buffalo beat Montreal 5-4 in double overtime to take a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference series.
The playoffs continue Wednesday night with Washington at Ottawa, with the Capitals holding a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference series, and Dallas at Edmonton in the West, with the Stars leading 2-1.
Osgood was not surprised that MacInnis had so much power on his shot. He is, after all, a two-time winner of the NHL's hardest slap shot competition.
"He has the best shot in the league," Osgood said. "He just overpowered me."
His teammate after recovering from the shock, rallied around Os-good.
"We just went up and told him there was a lot of hockey left," Shanahan said. "In overtime, he made a couple of great saves. He showed us something, what a mature player he is."
The night had inspirational overtones for the Blues, who got MacInnis back after two games out with a groin injury and Chris Pronger back from a slap shot to the chest that landed him in a Detroit hospital for a night and had him strapped to a heart monitor for a second day.
SABRES 5, CANADIENS 4, 2 OT: At Montreal, Michael Peca's goal 1:24 into the second overtime put the Sabres within one game of sweeping their series.
Dixon Ward grabbed control of the puck in the left circle and found Peca alone between the two circles. Peca took a hard slap shot that beat Jose Theodore to the glove side to give the Sabres a 3-0 series advantage.
Game 4 will be played Thursday night at the Molson Centre. Only two teams, the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders, have come back from a three-game deficit to win a best-of-7 series.