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STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

Oilers Win in 2nd Overtime

April 26, 2006|From the Associated Press

Jarret Stoll's goal 8 minutes 44 seconds into double overtime gave the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 victory over the top-seeded Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night and a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Stoll fired a shot past Manny Legace after the Detroit goalie made a nice save on Sergei Samsonov to send the frantic crowd in Edmonton, Alberta, home happy.

"It was kind of a scramble play in front of the net," Stoll told CBC. "I didn't know it went in at the start -- it was kind of a surprise."

The Oilers will look to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference series at home on Thursday night. Detroit came into the 1 versus 8 matchup with the NHL's best regular-season record (58-16-8).

After Edmonton blew a 3-1 lead in regulation on Tuesday, it hardly seemed likely the Oilers would pull this one out.

The Red Wings were celebrating almost 15 minutes into the first overtime when they thought Jason Williams won the game with a low shot off the wing.

However, video replay showed that the puck slid under the side of the goal after Oiler netminder Dwayne Roloson bumped into it and caused it to lift slightly.

San Jose 4, Nashville 1 -- Captain Patrick Marleau scored two goals and Vesa Toskala stopped 16 shots in the host Sharks' victory over the Predators in Game 3, putting San Jose up, 2-1, in the best-of-seven series.

Ottawa 8, Tampa Bay 4 -- Martin Havlat scored his third and fourth goals of the playoffs as the Senators regained control of their first-round series against the Lightning with an impressive victory at Tampa, Fla. Ottawa leads, 2-1, in the best-of-seven matchup.

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