The Detroit Red Wings are one game away from clinching their first-round series, and the Winnipeg Jets are one game away from Phoenix.
Screaming Winnipeg fans weren’t enough Tuesday night, as the Detroit Red Wings scored four power-play goals and beat the Jets 6-1.
It left the Red Wings just one win away from clinching their NHL Western Conference quarterfinal series with the Jets. They lead the series 3-1.
Unless the Jets win Game 5 in Detroit on Friday night, Tuesday’s game was the last Jets’ game to be played in the old Winnipeg Arena. The franchise is moving to Phoenix next season.
The Jets were determined to bring the series back to Winnipeg.
“Hey, all it takes is one win,” said rookie forward Craig Mills, called up this week from the junior ranks to bolster the Jets.
Sergei Fedorov picked up four assists in the game.
Mike Vernon redeemed himself in the Detroit net after Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Jets.
Craig Janney scored Winnipeg’s only goal.
Red Wings 6, Jets 1
Detroit 1 3 2 - 6
Winnipeg 0 1 0 - 1
First period-1, Detroit, Konstantinov 1 (Fedorov, Larionov), 1:22.
Second period-2, Winnipeg, Janney 1 (Tkachuk, Olczyk), 4:09. 3, Detroit, Larionov 3 (Coffey, Yzerman), 5:39 (pp). 4, Detroit, Kozlov 1 (Fedorov, Lidstrom), 7:22 (pp). 5, Detroit, Ciccarelli 1 (Fedorov, Lidstrom), 19:05 (pp).
Third period-6, Detroit, Johnson 2 (Maltby, Lidstrom), 5:42. 7, Detroit, Yzerman 1 (Fedorov, Coffey), 10:42 (pp).
Shots on goal-Detroit 13-11-11-35. Winnipeg 5-10-5-20.Power-play opp.-Detroit 4 of 7; Winnipeg 0 of 5.Goalies-Detroit, Vernon 1-1 (20 shots-19 saves). Winnipeg, Khabibulin 1-3 (35-29).A-15,557 (15,393).
Flyers 4, Lightning 1
St. Petersburg, Fla.
John LeClair gave Philadelphia an emotional lift with two power-play goals as the Flyers beat Tampa Bay and evened their first-round NHL playoff series at 2-2.
A league single-game record crowd of 28,183 watched LeClair, out since the second period of Game 2 with a sprained left ankle, score from nearly identical spots in the first and third periods.
Philadelphia 2 1 1 - 4
Tampa Bay 0 1 0 - 1
First period-1, Philadelphia, LeClair 2 (Lindros, Desjardins), 7:56 (pp). 2, Philadelphia, Otto 3 (Podein, Renberg), 12:43.
Second period-3, Tampa Bay, Klima 2, 9:24 (pp). 4, Philadelphia, Hawerchuk 3 (Renberg), 16:55.
Third period-5, Philadelphia, LeClair 3, 10:17 (pp).
Shots on goal-Philadelphia 11-15-7-33. Tampa Bay 6-11-5-22.Power-play opp.-Philadelphia 2 of 7; Tampa Bay 1 of 6.Goalies-Philadelphia, Hextall 2-2 (22 shots-21 saves). Tampa Bay, Reese 1-1 (33-29).A-28,183 (28,000).
Rangers 4, Canadiens 3
Adam Graves scored twice in a three-goal second period as New York evened its NHL Eastern Conference series with Montreal.
The best-of-seven first-round series heads back to New York tied at 2 apiece for Game 5 on Friday night.
N.Y. Rangers 1 3 0 - 4
Montreal 1 0 2 - 3
First period-1, New York, Messier 1 (Kovalev, Driver), 12:56 (pp). 2, Montreal, Wilkie 1 (Odelein, Recchi), 17:11.
Second period-3, New York, Churla 1 (Kovalev, Lowe), 6:00. 4, New York, Graves 4 (Verbeek, Driver), 9:04 (pp). 5, New York, Graves 5 (Driver, Messier), 13:43.
Third period-6, Montreal, Koivu 2 (Stevenson, Popovic), 9:38. 7, Montreal, Turgeon 1 (Petrov, Fitzpatrick), 16:16.
Shots on goal-New York 6-9-4-19. Montreal 13-10-8-31.Power-play opp.-New York 2 of 3; Montreal 0 of 6.Goalies-New York, Richter 2-2 (31 shots-28 saves). Montreal, Thibault 2-2 (19-15).A-21,273 (21,221).
Blues 5, Maple Leafs 1
St. Louis Shayne Corson and Brett Hull scored short-handed goals as St. Louis beat Toronto to take a 3-1 lead in the series.
After scoring 11 short-handed goals in the regular season the Blues have a team-record four in the series, breaking the mark set in 1968 against Philadelphia. They also tied the single-game record set April 11, 1968, against the Flyers.
Toronto 0 0 1 - 1
St. Louis 1 2 2 - 5
First period-1, St. Louis, Corson 3 (Pronger, Gretzky), 8:42 (sh).
Second period-2, St. Louis, Corson 4 (Hull, Gretzky), :45. 3, St. Louis, Hull 3, 19:54 (sh).
Third period-4, St. Louis, Noonan 2 (Matteau, Gretzky), 7:02. 5, St. Louis, Noonan 3 (Matteau, Casey), 16:11. 6, Toronto, Muller 3 (Gartner, Macoun), 17:32.
Shots on goal-Toronto 7-18-17-42. St. Louis 10-11-13-34.Power-play opp.-Toronto 0 of 5; St. Louis 0 of 2.Goalies-Toronto, Potvin 1-3 (21 shots-18 saves), Beaupre (0:00 third, 13-11). St. Louis, Casey 2-1 (42-41).A-20,105 (19,260).
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