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1 www.freep.comsports INSIDE Preps Extra Royal Oak Dondero lefthander Kyle Kidder, also a violinist, is always on pitch. See Preps Extra, Pages 9-11D. Al the Octopus is being held prisoner, and only Karen can save him! That was the premise of Wednesday's pregame video production on Joe Vision, which set up a grand entrance by the Red Wings' own Karen Newman. She swooped down like an avenging angel, lowered from high above the Joe Louis Arena ice by cables just like Al. After a quick wardrobe change, the Newmanator belted out the national anthem. An early sign the magic is back? Grind Liners scored four goals: one each by Kirk Maltby and Darren McCarty, and two yes, two from Joe Kocur. The fans went along with the new "Raise Your Hands" gimmick and reached for the sky whenever the scoreboard instructed them to do so. It was kind of like the Wave without the choreography. The fans introduced their own new slogan in the second period, chanting "Ozzie! Ozzie" after a flurry of Chris Osgood saves. It replaces last year's "Vernie! Vernie!" When Sergei Fedorov scored his goal, he was on the ice with Igor Larionov, Slava Kozlov, Slava Fetisovand Dmitri Mironov. And Nikolai Khabibulin made it the Russian Six. , The hardest-working man on the ice? Referee Mark Faucette, who called 17 penalties. He even called three for obstruction; Ken Starr would be proud. Like, two really good seats for free? Check out our Red Wings trivia contest on Page 8D. All games on Channel 50 except for Game 3, which will be on Fox (Channel 2 in Detroit). Game 2 also on ESPN, Game4onESPN2(both subject to blackout in Detroit area). GAME RESULT 1 Detroit 6, GAME SITE Phoenix 3 WHEN 2 Detroit 3 Phoenix 4 Phoenix If necessary 5 Detroit 6 Phoenix 7 Detroit 7:30 Friday 3:00 Sunday 10:30 Tuesday 7:30 Thu., April 30 9:00 Sat., May 2 7:30 Mon.,May4 Gold medalist learns she wasn't skating alone BY STEVE SCHRADER Free Press Sports Writer "When you win the- gold medal,- you say, 'Hey, how can you top this?' " said Lisa Brown-Miller. Brown-Miller, from Union Lake, thinks she might have found a way: She and her husband, John, are expecting their first child in- September. We'll do the math for you. She didn't know it, but Brown-Miller was pregnant in February when she was helping the United States, win the first Otvmnir' o-nlrl mprl- - v . . al in women's Lis3 hockey. Brown-Miller She said she felt no symptoms and obviously had no problems on the ice. Doctors later told : if J 1 r - TT7"H Tl ,;' "L ''" . O 'Joe Kocur's second goal of the game beats Coyotes goalie Nikolai Khabibulin Sergei Fedorov scores the Red Wings' by Slava Kozlov and Igor Larionov. her that was because of her excellent physical conditioning. The Millers found out about Lisa's condition after returning from Nagano and a team trip to Hawaii, "It was a surprise," said Brown-Miller, 31. "We had planned on starting a family in the next year or so, but this bumps things up a bit." Eventually, Brown-Miller would like to teach elementary-school students or coach at the college level, but she will put her job search on hold for a while. This summer she plans to make appearances at hockey camps in an ' off-ice role. And perhaps shop for mini-mite skates and sticks? "We'd love for our child to play hockey, but who knows?" Brown-Miller said. "He or she might want to do something else. "It would be appropriate, though. After all, this kid's been to the Olympics." GAME ONE: RED WINGS 6, COYOTES 3 MWMD (A third goal of the first period, assisted Boston starter Pedro Martinez allowed the Tigers four runs and exited in the sixth inning with Detroit leading, 4-1. But the Red Sox came back to prevent Martinez from suffering his first loss of the season. St, . fit.. Detroit tfxec in the second period Wednesday night 1 Phoenix goalie shelled to bench; 10 Detmiters get points BYJASONLACANFORA Free Press Sports Writer Something happens inside Joe Louis Arena this time of year. Fans arrive earlier and cheer louder. Coach Scotty Bowman confounds and surprises with new line combinations. Goals come in bunches from all over. A giant octopus hangs ominously above the goal the opponent must struggle to protect for two periods. Welcome, Phoenix Coyotes, to Hockeytown, where Karen Newman sings the national anthem after being lowered by cable from high above the scoreboard; where fan support is intense; where hockey is life; and where the Red Wings rarely disappoint undefeated in 10 games (&0-2, six straight wins). Detroit stormed to a 1-0 lead in its first-round Western Conference series with Phoenix by crushing the o I s J I f y i - v. . - J l -: -a !V - j I :. " ...J". W .,"!.. Vtcso Thursday, o no and sends him to the bench trailing, 5-1 KHABI Phoenix goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, who allowed five goals in less than two periods Wednesday night, has had less success against the Red Wings than vs. other teams. Here's how he fared overall in the regular season, against the Wings in the regular season, and against the Wings in Game 1: G Avg W L T SVS pRegulaY season . 70 ' " 2,74 "30 28 ' 10 , .900 Season vs. Wings 5 3.15 0 3 2 .903 'Playoffs vs. Wings " 1""" 8.29 0 '1" 0 " ,773 Coyotes, 6-3, Wednesday night after leading, 6-1, entering the third. Last spring's grinding heroes stepped up again. Joey Kocur had his first two-goal game since December 1991, and Kirk Maltby scored. Ten different Wings had points. Those guys can play," Darren McCarty said. This is their time of year for the Grind Line. They proved Tigers get no relief as Red Sox rally, 8-5 BY JOHN LOOT Free Press Sports Writer Sometime late Wednesday night or early this morning, long after most of their teammates had left Tiger Stadium, Doug Brocail planned to have a clubhouse chat with Todd Jones, his fellow late-inning, lead-protecting reliever. "When we both pitch in a game, whether it's good or bad, we usually stick around and talk about either our mistakes or good things," Brocail said. "We won't get to talk about anything good tonight." Brocail gave up three runs in the eighth to let Boston tie the score. After the Tigers regained a one-run lead in the eighth, Jones allowed three of the four ninth-inning runs that produced the Red Sox's 8-5 victory. Midre Cummings' homer off Jones with none out in the ninth broke the 5-5 tie. John Valentin had April 23, 1998 Section D n lb Photos Dy GABRIEL B TAITDetroit Free Press ; Martin Lapointe got the assist CAMPERS it last year, why should it change now?" The Wings have won six straight playoff games, nine of 10 and 17 of 21, dating to last spring. They've outscored the opposition, 37-18, in the past 10. Game 2 is Friday night, right back at The Joe. Please see RED WINGS, Page 8D opened the inning with a first-pitch double, then scored the tying run when rugged Mo Vaughn nudged Jones' wicked cut fastball into center. The Red Sox have won 11 of 12. including seven in their final at-bat. The Tigers have lost nine of their last 10 and have the worst record of the majors' 30 teams (4-14) in their worst start in 39 seasons. For seven innings, this looked like a glorious drink of water for a thirsty team: the Tigers led, 4-1, with Justin Thompson having outpitched Boston ace Pedro Martinez. The previously untouchable Martinez allowed four runs (one more than in his previous four starts combined) and exited in the sixth. Brocail entered to pitch the Eighth in what he called a perfect scenario, the one that he and Jones executed flawlessly so often last season. Bro- Please see TIGERS, Page 6D " UuAlNrUUrtUbTtlN;'ssoci'aled'Hre'ss'

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