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Ducks even series

June 03, 2003|By ALAN ROBINSON

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Overtime, again.

The Mighty Ducks win, again.

Steve Thomas put in Samuel Pahlsson's rebound 39 seconds into overtime, giving Anaheim a dramatic 1-0 victory over New Jersey on Monday night and evening the Stanley Cup finals at two games each.

The Devils, once firmly in control after two easy victories at home but now locked in a tied series, lost both games in Anaheim in overtime. Ruslan Salei got the game-winner in Game 3 Saturday.

The goal by the 39-year-old Thomas, a late-season pickup by the Ducks, made Anaheim 7-0 in playoff overtimes. The Devils are 2-4. Of Anaheim's 14 playoff victories, 10 have come in overtime or the final five minutes of the third period.

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Thomas's goal came after Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, losing his personal duel with the Ducks' Jean-Sebastien Giguere, stopped Pahlsson's shot to the left of the net. The puck deflected out to the left circle, where Thomas cleanly put it past Brodeur.

Anaheim, guaranteeing that the finals will come back to the Pond for Game 6 on Saturday, now have matched the Canadiens' record of 12 one-goal playoffs wins in 1993.

Giguere extended his record playoff overtime shutout streak to 168 minutes, 27 seconds, though he needed to make only one save in OT.

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