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Playoffs Extended To Limit Maple Leafs, Sharks, Blues Avoid Elimination With Wins

Randy Wood scored at 10 minutes of overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 Wednesday in Toronto and forced a decisive Game 7 in their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Wood took a pass from Mats Sundin from behind the goal line and beat Ed Belfour with a quick shot from outside the crease for the game-winner.

Chicago’s Brent Sutter had sent the game into overtime when he scored at 15:23 of the third to cap a three-goal rally as the Blackhawks wiped out a 4-1 Toronto lead in the final period.

The teams will play the deciding game Friday in Chicago.

Chicago had much of the play in the overtime, but Sundin carried the puck into the Blackhawks’ zone on one of the infrequent Maple Leafs’ thrusts and swept around the Chicago defenders to the back of the Blackhawks’ net.

Belfour had gone to block any shot Sundin might attempt and could not recover. Sundin found Wood in front of the net and the Toronto forward had an open goal to score the winner.

Chicago outshot Toronto 7-3 in overtime and 52-38 overall.

“Game 7, home-ice advantage is gone,” Wood said. “It’s definitely anybody’s game.”

It was 4-4 after three periods on goals by Dmitri Mironov, Tie Domi, Mike Ridley and Randy Wood for Toronto and by Dirk Graham, Denis Savard, Joe Murphy and Sutter for Chicago.

“It was a great game for us,” Wood said. “We had a letdown in the third period, but we knew what we had to do. That was win this game.”

Chicago was down 4-1 early in the third period after Wood scored a power-play goal at the 55-second mark, beating Jeff Hackett with a wrist shot from the rightwing circle.

Then the Blackhawks rallied.

On a power play, Bernie Nicholls banged a shot off a goal post and Savard was at the side of the crease to jam in the bouncing puck at 2:48.

Murphy poked a rebound past Potvin at 12:49.

Belfour, who had been replaced by Hackett when Toronto grabbed a 3-1 lead in the second period, was sent back in by coach Darryl Sutter.

Maple Leafs 5, Blackhawks 4

Chicago 1 0 3 0 - 4

Toronto 0 3 1 1 - 5

First Period-1, Chicago, Graham 1 (Chelios, Nicholls), 17:12.

Second Period-2, Toronto, Mironov 1 (Ellett, Gilmour), 5:17 (pp). 3, Toronto, Domi 1 (Gilmour), 12:14. 4, Toronto, Ridley 3 (Craig, Ellett), 14:36.

Third Period-5, Toronto, Wood 1 (Sundin, Gill), :55 (pp). 6, Chicago, Savard 1 (Nicholls, Suter), 2:48 (pp). 7, Chicago, Murphy 3 (Weinrich), 12:49. 8, Chicago, Sutter 1 (Savard, Suter), 15:23.

Overtime-9, Toronto, Wood 2 (Sundin, Gill), 10:00.

Shots on goal-Chicago 19-8-18-7-52. Toronto 8-17-10-3-38.Power-play Opp.-Chicago 1 of 2; Toronto 2 of 7.Goalies-Chicago, Belfour (23 shots-20 saves), Hackett (14:36 second, 10-9), Belfour 3-3 (13:53 third, 5-4). Toronto, Potvin 3-3 (52-48).A-15,746 (15,642).

Sharks 5, Flames 3

San Jose, Calif.

Craig Janney scored a pair of unassisted goals as San Jose beat Calgary and evened the first-round playoff series at three games apiece.

The Sharks’ victory broke the Flames’ three-game winning streak and sends the series back to Calgary for Game 7 on Friday.

The Sharks took a 3-2 lead in the second period when right wing Jeff Odgers knocked the puck past Calgary goaltender Trevor Kidd at 13:17. It was Odgers’ first goal of the playoffs.

Janney widened the margin to 4-2 with 16 seconds left in the second period when his shot from the slot went between Kidd’s legs.

Ex-Spokane Chief Ray Whitney scored for the Sharks at 8:38 of the third period, before Calgary’s Paul Kruse got the final goal of the night, shorthanded, at 17:35.

Calgary 2 0 1 - 3

San Jose 1 3 1 - 5

First period-1, San Jose, Ozolinsh 3 (Dahlen, Rathje), 3:15. 2, Calgary, Titov 4 (Reichel, Patrick), 6:44. 3, Calgary, Kennedy 2 (Otto, Kruse), 18:12.

Second period-4, San Jose, Janney 1, 1:56. 5, San Jose, Odgers 1 (Donovan, Kyte), 13:17. 6, San Jose, Janney 2, 19:43.

Third period-7, San Jose, Whitney 1 (Makarov, Larionov), 8:38. 8, Calgary, Kruse 3 (Stern, Musil), 17:35 (sh).

Shots on goal-Calgary 13-7-13-33. San Jose 3-13-4-20.Power-play opp.-Calgary 0 of 3; San Jose 0 of 2.Goalies-Calgary, Kidd 3-3 (20 shots-15 saves). San Jose, Flaherty 1-0 (33-30).A-17,190 (17,190).

Blues 8, Canucks 2

Vancouver, British Columbia

Brett Hull had two goals and an assist as St. Louis beat Vancouver to tie the first-round Western Conference playoff series at three games apiece.

The teams will play a deciding seventh game Friday in St. Louis.

Hull scored both his goals in the first period when the Blues took a 2-0 lead. He assisted on Esa Tikkanen’s second goal of the game in the third period as the Blues completed the rout.

Vancouver goaltender Kirk McLean gave up six goals on only 17 shots. St. Louis’ Curtis Joseph made 23 saves.

St. Louis 2 4 2 - 8

Vancouver 0 2 0 - 2

First period-1, St. Louis, Hull 4 (Tikkanen), 5:56. 2, St. Louis, Hull 5 (Tikkanen, Carbonneau), 19:51.

Second period-3, St. Louis, Tikkanen 1, 8:59. 4, Vancouver, G.Courtnall 3 (Bure, Linden), 11:14 (pp). 5, St. Louis, Creighton 2 (Gilbert, Anderson), 11:54. 6, St. Louis, McRae 1 (Chasse), 12:35. 7, St. Louis, Elik 4 (Baron), 16:53 (sh). 8, Vancouver, Bure 5 (Lumme), 17:19 (pp).

Third period-9, St. Louis, Tikkanen 2 (MacInnis, Hull), 8:34 (pp). 10, St. Louis, Carbonneau 1 (Chasse, Joseph), 11:24.

Shots on goal-St. Louis 10-7-18-35. Vancouver 5-15-5-25.Power-play opp.-St. Louis 1 of 8; Vancouver 2 of 7.Goalies-St. Louis, Joseph 3-2 (25 shots-23 saves). Vancouver, McLean 3-3 (17-11), Whitmore (0:00 third, 18-16).A-16,015 (16,150).

 
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