- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 23, 2002

DENVER Fredrik Olausson scored his first playoff goal in 10 years at 12:44 of overtime as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 last night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Olausson beat Colorado goalie Patrick Roy from just inside the blue line on a shot that appeared to hit Colorado defenseman Martin Skoula in the leg.

Dominik Hasek, who made 20 saves, set up the goal by clearing a loose puck to Steve Yzerman at center ice. Yzerman hit Olausson, who scored his first playoff goal since April 18, 1992, for Winnipeg against Vancouver.

Hasek made consecutive saves early in the overtime, stopping Riku Hahl from the left circle with his blocker and Joe Sakic from the same spot less than a minute later.

Roy, who stopped 40 shots, made a tough kick save nine minutes into the overtime after Sergei Fedorov circled around to the slot, then stopped Kirk Maltby from close range after he slipped around Adam Foote.

It was the second straight overtime game in the series. Colorado won Game 2 on a goal by Chris Drury at 2:17 of overtime Monday night.

Game 4 is Saturday in Denver.

The series was touted as a showdown between the league's two best goalies, but it was far from that in the first two games as the teams combined for 15 goals.

Game 3 was more of what everyone expected, with Roy and Hasek trading spectacular saves.

Hasek faced 21 fewer shots than Roy (42-21), but was still solid after allowing seven goals in the first two games.

He made a skate save after Drury slipped up the middle of Detroit's defense early in the first, then stopped Milan Hejduk with his pads late in the second on a 2-on-1.

Hasek also fought off Hejduk to make a save on a hard shot by Rob Blake in the third, and made a kick save with just over a minute left after Sakic streaked down the right side.

Roy, who kicked a puck into his own net in Game 2, stopped Brendan Shanahan on a one-timer from close range midway through the first period, then made a kick save on a redirected shot by Olausson in the second.

Roy also squeezed his pads around rebound attempt by Fedorov late in the second, and stopped another shot by Fedorov in the third despite being screened by two players.

Roy was feeling so good early that he gloved a shot from the left circle in the first period and held it up in the face of Tomas Holmstrom, who had a few words for him afterward.

Blake opened the scoring with 4:06 left in the first, redirecting a shot from Sakic on a power play. Blake stretched out to reach Sakic's shot from the point, and caught just enough of the puck with his stick to slip it over Hasek's right shoulder.

It was Blake's sixth goal of the playoffs and his first since Game 4 against San Jose.

Luc Robitaille tied it 5:20 into the third after a rebound bounced off his skate.

Roy made a save on a shot by Fedorov from the left circle, and the rebound popped up into the air just outside the crease. Colorado defenseman Greg de Vries swatted the puck down with his glove, but it went off the toe of Robitaille's right skate and into the net.

It was just the third goal of the playoffs for Robitaille and his first since Game 2 against St. Louis in the Western Conference semifinals.

It was the sixth time Colorado lost a lead in the series.

Notes Detroit C Igor Larionov missed his fifth straight game with a knee injury. Peter Forsberg had an assist on Blake's goal, giving him 24 points in the playoffs to tie a career high set in 1999.

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