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DETROIT – Brad Winchester and Fernando Pisani scored less than a minute apart late in the second period to rally the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-2 victory over the top-seeded Detroit Red Wings on Sunday that tied their first-round playoff series.

Dwayne Roloson made 33 saves for the Oilers, who also got goals from Chris Pronger and Jarret Stoll to get even 1-1 in the best-of-seven Western Conference matchup. Edmonton trailed 2-1 before Winchester and Pisani connected.

Detroit’s Manny Legace, who gave up three goals on 16 shots through two periods, finished with 20 saves.

Henrik Zetterberg put the Red Wings ahead 2-1 midway through the second period, but they could not hold on against the pesky Oilers and then failed to force a second straight overtime. Steve Yzerman had a chance to make it 3-all early in the third period, but his swooping shot on a breakaway hit the post.

Sharks 3, Predators 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The San Jose Sharks cleaned up their act after giving up four power-play goals in the playoff opener, and Jonathan Cheechoo had a goal and two assists as San Jose beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 on Sunday to even the first-round series in the Western Conference.

Game 3 is Tuesday night in San Jose.

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Lightning 4, Senators 3

OTTAWA – Martin St. Louis kept the defending Stanley Cup champions out of an 0-2 hole to start the playoffs.

St. Louis scored his second goal of the game 6:19 into the third, and the Tampa Bay Lightning battled back twice for a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night, evening the Eastern Conference series at 1-1. John Grahame made 22 saves for his first win in four career playoff games .

Ducks 4, Flames 3

CALGARY, Alberta – Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 22 saves in his return to Anaheim’s lineup, helping the Mighty Ducks pull even with the Calgary Flames with a 4-3 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference series.

Chris Kunitz, Scott Niedermayer, Joffrey Lupul and Samuel Pahlsson scored for Anaheim, while Jarome Iginla, Kristian Huselius and Dion Phaneuf countered for Calgary.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 16 saves for the Flames.

Game 3 is Tuesday night in Anaheim. In Game 1, Darren McCarty scored 9:45 into overtime to give the Flames a 2-1 victory.

Anaheim took a 3-0 lead on Lupul’s goal at 5:10 of the second period, but Calgary rallied on Iginla’s short-handed goal at 9:09 and Huselius’ power-play score with 8:07 left in the period. Pahlsson made it 4-2 at 7:55 of the third period, and Phaneuf completed the scoring with a power-play goal with 4:29 to play.

Kunitz opened the scoring for the Mighty Ducks at 9:37 of the first period and Niedermayer made it 2-0 with a short-handed goal with 6:40 left in the period.

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