|Buffalo's Jaroslav Spacek goes over and above the call of duty while battling the Rangers' Sean Avery in the first period. (FRANK FRANKLIN II/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
Moen sparkles for Ducks in overtime
The Anaheim Ducks rallied from a big deficit to take an even bigger lead in their playoff series with the Vancouver Canucks.
Travis Moen scored 2:07 into overtime to complete the visiting Ducks' comeback from two goals down in the third period and beat the Canucks, 3-2, last night. The win gave Anaheim a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal.
Scott Niedermayer's point shot hit a crowd in the crease and bounced to Moen in the slot, where he quickly snapped it past Roberto Luongo (28 saves) low on the stick side.
Chris Pronger scored early in the third period and assisted on Teemu Selanne's tying goal with 5:42 left as the Ducks rallied from the 2-0 deficit.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere robbed Markus Naslund from the slot 3:30 into the third period and Pronger tied it 30 seconds later with a screened shot from the point.
Pronger then set up the tying goal with another long shot.
The rebound went straight to Selanne, who had an easy tap-in from the side of the net because Canucks defenseman Sami Salo had lost his stick earlier in the play.
Giguere finished with 24 saves for the Ducks, who can advance to the conference finals for the second time in four seasons tomorrow night in Anaheim.
Vancouver had to play without forward Jeff Cowan, who had minor knee surgery before Game 4. Cowan, who was hurt late in Game 3, will be out for an indefinite period, according to the team.
Naslund opened the scoring midway through the first period after Bryan Smolinski's screen helped create a rebound of Mattias Ohlund's point shot. Before Giguere could recover, Naslund fired in the loose puck for his third goal in as many games after going seven without one.
The play started with some good work along the boards by veteran Trevor Linden, who picked up the second assist and leads the Canucks with 7 playoff points.
Rangers 2, Sabres 1 -- Henrik Lundqvist stopped Daniel Briere's shot just short of fully crossing the goal line with 17 seconds left, and New York hung on for a victory over visiting Buffalo to square the Eastern Conference semifinal series after four games.
Both teams had to wait out a lengthy video review for the second straight game.
"What we're looking for is either confirm what the call is on the ice, or we have to have a conclusive picture of the puck being in the net," Bob Hall, the supervisor of officials for the series said in a statement. "It's what we're looking for in this case because the on-ice ruling was no goal.
"We looked and looked and looked. No replay that we have seen shows it definitely crossing the goal line."
Sunday, Rangers defenseman Karel Rachunek lost a goal when league officials in Toronto used a replay to determine he kicked the puck in. The game went to double overtime, but a major controversy was avoided when the Rangers eventually won.
Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan scored power-play goals, and Lundqvist made 29 saves to get the Rangers back in the series.
The series shifts back to Buffalo, where the Sabres -- the NHL's best team in the regular season -- took a 2-0 lead.
Buffalo picked up the pace right after Ales Kotalik cut the Sabres' deficit to 2-1 just 33 seconds after Shanahan's goal. The Sabres stormed for the tying goal during the final 10 minutes and outshot New York, 11-4, in the third.
"We played good for 50 minutes, and the last minutes were a headache," Jagr said. "It was awful. We were lucky we won."
Lundqvist dived onto his stomach with 17 seconds left and stopped Briere's stuff attempt with his right pad as the puck slid on the goal line but didn't fully cross.
"I just felt I was so late," Lundqvist said. "I read the puck, but I think it bounced a little bit."
Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom has been cleared to play tonight in Game 4 against San Jose Sharks after being sidelined with an eye injury. Holmstrom has been out since April 22, when Calgary's Craig Conroy hit him with his stick in Detroit's series-winning victory over the Flames.