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NHL PLAYOFFS Langenbrunner again features Devils in 3-2 overtime victory



Published: Wed, April 30, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



He scored the game winner as New Jersey beat Tampa Bay to lead 2-0.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jamie Langenbrunner did it again.

For the second straight game Langenbrunner scored the game-winner, this time 2 minutes, 9 seconds into overtime Saturday to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

New Jersey leads the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-0, with the next two games in Florida.

Game 3 is Monday.

Langenbrunner, who has seven goals in seven games this postseason, took a shot from the right circle that goalie Nikolai Khabibulin fumbled in front.

Langenbrunner rushed in for the rebound, made a move around Khabibulin, and slid the puck in.

The Devils had to rally twice to win.

Not long after New Jersey's Martin Brodeur stacked the pads to stop Martin St. Louis' breakaway, Grant Marshall got the Devils even for the second time. Scott Gomez took a shot from the slot that was knocked in by Marshall to make it 2-2 with 9:34 remaining in regulation.

St. Louis' short-handed goal gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead, and Chris Dingman also scored for Tampa Bay.

Brian Rafalski had the other New Jersey goal.

Mighty Ducks 3, Stars 2, OT

DALLAS -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks didn't need much extra time in Game 2 to really hurt the Dallas Stars.

Mike Leclerc gathered a loose puck and scored on a left-handed wrister 1:44 into overtime as the Mighty Ducks beat the top-seeded Stars, taking a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.

The game began just 371/2 hours after the five-overtime series opener, the fourth-longest in NHL history at 140 minutes and 48 seconds, that the Ducks won 4-3.

Dallas seemed on the way to getting even in the series, until Rob Niedermayer scored off a defender's skate with just 1:09 remaining in regulation to force another overtime game. This time, the Ducks needed only a couple of minutes instead of a couple of hours to win.

The Mighty Ducks are undefeated in six playoff games, all by one goal. They swept defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit, including a three-overtime game and the first-round series clincher in an extra period.

After Stars forward Brenden Morrow was unable to control the puck off the boards early in the overtime, Leclerc got it on his stick and quickly shot it toward the net and past Marty Turco for the winner.




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