What a comeback!

1998 Playoffs

NHL teams

The Detroit Red Wings were down two goals twice in the game but managed to come back and win in overtime, 5-4. Kris Draper scored his first goal in the playoffs in the extra period to give Detroit 2-0 lead in the series over the Washington Capitals.

"This is a great win for us, a great win for our team," Draper said. "It just shows the character we have. We felt if we kept going and kept going, we'd have the chance to win and we did."

The most entertaining game of the playoffs offered just about everything. Detroit started the scoring in the first period as Steve Yzerman put the puck behind Olaf Kolzig.

Washington came into the second period with a new attitude. Peter Bondra tied the game at 1:51 with a weird play as Chris Osgood stopped playing in anticipation of a two-line offside whistle. Replays showed the linesmen making the correct call as the puck was tipped in the neutral zone.

The Capitals added goals from Chris Simon and Adam Oates to take a 3-1 lead into the lockerroom after two periods stunning the Red Wings and the sell-out crowd of 19,983.

Third period started with Detroit attacking determined to come back in the game. Everything seemed to go for the Red Wings as Steve Yzerman scored his second goal in the game short-handed at 6:37 of the third period to cut the Caps' lead into one goal.

Joe Juneau responded 28 seconds later with a power-play goal to give Washington a 4-2 lead. Detroit wasn't done; Martin Lapointe and Doug Brown scored and the game was headed to OT.

Detroit outshot Washington 60-33 in the game. The Caps now face the ungrateful task of trying to win the Cup after being down 2-0 for the first time since 1971 Montreal.

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