Final OT

Series (Game 4 of 4)

Detroit leads 3-1

Game 1: Monday, October 16th
Red Wings3Final
Kings1
Game 2: Sunday, December 31st
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Red Wings6
Game 3: Saturday, January 6th
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Kings4
Game 4: Friday, March 9th
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OT
Red Wings3

Kings 2

(22-34-12, 56 pts)

Red Wings 3

(43-16-9, 95 pts)

7:30 PM ET, March 9, 2007

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 OT T
LA 1 1 0 02
DET 0 1 1 13

M. Samuelsson (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

B. Lebda (Red Wings - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

B. Willsie (Kings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Burke stops 51 shots, but Kings fall to Red Wings in OT

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Mikael Samuelsson made an impact in his first game in more than a month.

Elias Says
Sean Burke matched a career high when he faced 54 shots on goal in the Kings' overtime loss in Detroit. Burke had been in net for that many shots twice before, both during his years with the Hartford Whalers. Burke was 4-0-2 against the Red Wings with his first NHL team, the New Jersey Devils, but Friday's OT loss means he's won only two of his 18 decisions against Detroit in 14 seasons since then (2-13-3). Elias Says

His goal 3:26 into overtime completed a comeback and gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

Samuelsson had been out since late January with a broken bone in his foot.

Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and assisted on the game-winner, and Brett Lebda also scored for Detroit. Dominik Hasek, who returned after missing three games with tightness in his thigh, made 24 saves.

Raitis Ivanans and Brian Willsie scored for Los Angeles, and Sean Burke stopped 51 shots.

"We worked hard and our goaltender gave us a great effort," Kings defenseman Aaron Miller said. "We were in our end most of the last two periods."

Samuelsson tipped in a pass from Datsyuk on a two-on-one break to end it.

"You just have to always be ready for it when Pav has it," Samuelsson said. "He was wide open. I know how talented he is. He's more talented than me, so I played the odds ... I guess."

Lebda tied the game at 2 with 5:58 left in the third period off an end-to-end rush on which he cut around Kevin Dallman off the left wing and flipped a shot in off Burke.

"I've had a few of those chances this year and didn't capitalize," said Lebda. "Hopefully, we can get a few more of those before the playoffs."

Hasek, who left the puck for Lebda behind the Detroit net, got the lone assist.

"Any win feels good," said Hasek. "Most important, I feel great about the way I played and didn't have any problems and we won the game. I feel great."

The Red Wings outshot the Kings 26-4 in the third period.

"It's [Detroit] a great hockey club," said Burke. "You can tell they never feel desperate. They just keep working."

Datsyuk tied the game at 1 for Detroit with 5:56 left in the second period on his 21st goal. He put a loose puck in off Burke's skate.

Willsie gave the Kings a 2-1 lead just 27 seconds later when he batted a rebound past Hasek.

Los Angeles opened the scoring on Ivanans' goal with 8:44 left in the first period. He put in the rebound of John Zeiler's shot after Zeiler had picked the puck up off a turnover by Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall.

Game notes


Los Angeles defenseman Rob Blake missed his third game with a groin injury and Kings center Anze Kopitar missed his fourth game with a muscle strain. ... Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg missed his fifth game because of an inflamed disc in his back. ... Kings center Derek Armstrong was helped off the ice favoring his left knee after a hit by Andreas Lilja late in the first period. The extent of the injury wasn't known after the game. ... Detroit winger Johan Franzen left the game late in the second period with an upper body injury. It isn't known how long he'll be out. ... Burke is a native of Windsor, Ontario, which is right across the Detroit River from Detroit. ... Detroit defenseman Danny Markov didn't play because of a couple upper body aches and pains.

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