Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Wednesday, March 6th
Maple Leafs2Final
Red Wings6
Game 2: Monday, April 1st
Maple Leafs5Final
Red Wings4

Maple Leafs 2

(33-20-4, 76 pts)

Red Wings 6

(45-11-2, 98 pts)

7:30 PM ET, March 6, 2002

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 T
TOR 0 2 02
DET 3 1 26

S. Fedorov (Red Wings - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

N. Lidstrom (Red Wings - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

C. Chelios (Red Wings - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Power play leads Wings to seventh straight win

DETROIT (AP) -- Here's something not seen much these days in the tight-checking NHL: a wide-open game.

Wednesday night's game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs featured plenty of skating and scoring chances. Detroit took advantage of the extra room as Sergei Fedorov scored twice and the Red Wings got three power-play goals in a 6-2 victory for their seventh straight win.

Igor Larionov

Sebastien Centomo? That's the Toronto goalie that let in this Igor Larionov goal in the second period Wednesday.

Detroit has the NHL's best record at 45-11-6-2 (98 points), while Toronto has 76 points.

"Clubs enjoy space and time and they had a lot of it," said Toronto coach Pat Quinn.

After being down 4-0, Toronto got a power-play goal and a short-handed goal in the second period.

But Fedorov's second goal of the game, his 23rd of the season, made it 5-2 just 38 seconds into the third period. His wrist shot from the inside edge of the right faceoff circle beat rookie Sebastien Centomo between the pads.

Quinn was upset about the play of his top line of Mats Sundin, Jonas Hoglund and Mikael Renberg for the entire game. But especially so on that goal.

"They stood around like a bunch of cigar store Indians," he said.

"On the fifth goal for sure, we lost coverage down low," said Sundin.

Rookie Sean Avery added his second goal in two games later in the third period.

Tomas Kaberle had made it 4-1 in the second period with the Maple Leafs on a 5-on-3 power play when his slap shot from about 15 feet inside the blue line beat Dominik Hasek low to the glove side.

Sundin's short-handed goal made it 4-2 with 2:10 left in the period. He was able to poke a shot into an empty Red Wings net while lying on the ice after stripping Detroit's Igor Larionov of the puck and chipping it through the legs of Hasek, who was charging out of his net.

"I tried a poke-check, I missed, but I got the player (he knocked down Sundin)," said Hasek. "But I was hoping my defense would be there. He actually scored lying down."

Larionov had made it 4-0 with a power-play goal when he tipped in a pass from rookie Pavel Datsyuk.

The Red Wings led 3-0 after the first period. Rookie Jason Williams got his first career goal with a slap shot from the top of the right circle that beat Toronto's Corey Schwab after deflecting off the skate of Toronto defenseman Cory Cross.

The Sundin-Hogland-Renberg line was also on the ice for that goal.

"We didn't have a very good game, that's for sure," said Sundin.

Fedorov's power-play goal made it 2-0. He beat Schwab high to the glove side with a fluttering one-timer.

Luc Robitaille then made it 3-0 with another power-play goal with 2:09 left as he stuffed in his own rebound.

Schwab was replaced by Centomo to start the second period.

Game notes

The Red Wings were without center and captain Steve Yzerman (knee), right wing Darren McCarty (infected finger) and defenseman Fredrik Olausson (sinus infection). ... The Maple Leafs were without goaltender Curtis Joseph (broken bone in his hand), defenseman Dmitry Yushkevich (blood clot in his leg), right wing Alexander Mogilny (back), defenseman Wade Belak (stomach flu) and defenseman Jyrki Lumme (suspension).

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