Red Wings go ahead, 3-1 North Stars even series

DETROIT -- Third-period goals by Rick Zombo and Brent Fedyk lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues last night, giving the Red Wings a 3-1 advantage in their National Hockey League playoff series.

Steve Chiasson had two goals for the Red Wings, playing without tough guy Bob Probert, who received a one-game suspension Tuesday for slugging St. Louis goalie Vincent Riendeau in Game 2.


Brett Hull, who led the NHL with 86 regular-season goals, scored two third-period goals for the Blues, including his fifth of the series to narrow the score to 4-3 with 2 minutes, 51 seconds remaining. The Blues pulled Riendeau for an extra attacker with vTC remaining.

The best-of-seven Norris Division series resumes with Game 5 in St. Louis tomorrow night. Only seven teams in NHL playoff history have rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win a series.


St. Louis 1.. .. 0.. .. 2.. .. -- .. ..3

Detroit.. 1.. .. 1.. .. 2.. .. .-- .. ..4

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Mike Craig and Mark Tinordi scored during Wayne Presley's second-period major penalty and Minnesota held Chicago to 10 shots in the first two periods as the North Stars evened their playoff series.

Neal Broten also scored for Minnesota, which sent the best-of-seven Norris Division series back to Chicago Stadium for Game 5 tomorrow night. The sixth game will be Sunday at Met Center.

6,Chicago.. .. 0.. .. 0.. .. 1.. ..--.. .. 1

Minnesota.. 0.. .. 3.. .. 0.. . --.. .. 3

Oilers 5, Flames 2



Esa Tikkanen scored a pair of power-play goals in a five-goal onslaught as Edmonton pushed Calgary to the brink of elimination.

Tikkanen and Mark Messier revived the Oilers' anemic power play, each scoring goals while Edmonton enjoyed the man advantage in the second period after the Flames took a 2-0 lead in the first.

Tikkanen scored again on the power play early in the third and Kelly Buchberger followed with his first career playoff goal as the Oilers took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 Smythe Division semifinal.

Calgary.. .. 2.. ..0.. ..0.. ..--.. ..2

8, Edmonton.. . 0.. ..3.. . 2.. . --.. . 5

Kings 6, Canucks 1


VANCOUVER, British Columbia

Wayne Gretzky scored his record-setting 93rd playoff goal and assisted on another as Los Angeles Kings beat Vancouver to even their NHL playoff series at two games apiece.

Gretzky's historic goal, on a power play in the first period, gave the Kings a 2-1 lead and they checked tenaciously to ensure victory after Vancouver won Game 3.

7-Los Angeles.. ..2.. .. 1.. .. 3.. --.. .. 6

Vancouver.. .. 1.. .. 0.. .. 0.. .--.. .. 1