Ducks Strike In OT AgainArchived from 2002-03 season.
Mike Leclerc scored 1:44 into overtime to keep the Anaheim Mighty Ducks undefeated in the playoffs with a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. The Ducks now have a two games to none lead as the series moves Anaheim for Games 3 and 4.
"I don't know what it is about this group," Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. "We just hang around and hang around and we don't go away. You give yourself a chance."
The Stars had the lead late in the third period, but Rob Niedermayer's attempted pass with 69 seconds left deflected off a Dallas skate and past goaltender Marty Turco, tying the game and forcing another overtime.
"It's been quite a roll. I don't think anybody would have predicted it," Niedermayer said. "At the same time, things could be very different with a different bounce here and a different bounce there."
Adam Oates had a goal and an assist and Petr Sykora set up all three tallies for the Ducks.
Devils Up 2-0 On Lightning
"He's determined," Devils captain Scott Stevens said. "In the playoffs, it takes a lot of grit and character. It's not always the skill that prevails in the playoffs, usually, it's the other type. And that's what Jamie is. He comes to play every night, he skates hard, he works hard and he deserves everything he gets."
The game went into overtime when Devils' Grant Marshall tied the game with 9:34 left in the third period. It was his first goal in 66 playoff games.
Brian Rafalski also scored and Scott Gomez had two assists for the Devils, who outshot the Lightning 36-28. The Lightning also dropped the first two games of their first-round series before winning four straight against the Washington Capitals.
"Obviously, the guys have been in this situation before," Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk said. "I think what they're getting from it now is that the series is long from over. It's four games to win and we've come back from this situation before."
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