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C - Steve Yzerman, Igor Larionov, Kris Draper, Sergei Fedorov. LW - Brendan Shanahan, Vyacheslav Kozlov, Doug Brown, Tomas Holmstrom, Petr Klima, Kirk Maltby, Brent Gilchrist. RW - Darren McCarty, Martin Lapointe, Mathieu Dandenault, Stacey Roest D - Nicklas Lidstrom, Larry Murphy, Jamie Macoun, Aaron Ward, Uwe Krupp, Anders Eriksson, Todd Gill, Yan Golubovsky . G - Chris Osgood, Norm Maracle.


Brent Gilchrist lw (hernia, indefinite); Todd Gill, d (broken arm, day-to-day); Joe Kocur, rw (abdominal strain, day-to-day); Kevin Hodson, g (knee strain, indefinite); Uwe Krupp, d (back problems, two weeks).




2/24 Los Angeles      L 3-2 OT 
2/26 Florida          T 5-5 
2/27 at NY Islanders  L 3-1 
3/05 at Phoenix       W 7-2 
3/07 at Anaheim       L 3-1 


Central Division    GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA  
  Detroit           64  32  26   6    70  191  163 
  St Louis          62  26  26  10    62  173  160  
  Nashville         64  22  36   6    50  151  208 
  Chicago           64  18  37   9    45  142  198


by Dino Cacciola, Detroit Correspondent


Luc Robitaille's sweet power-play goal in overtime gave the L.A. Kings a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings. Lying on his back and swinging a shot around backwards, he beat Chris Osgood for the winning goal that snapped the Red Wings seven-game unbeaten streak. The Wings floundered from a 2-0 lead by allowing two goals within 29 seconds by the Kings to force the game into overtime.

Brendan Shanahan and Sergei Fedorov scored for the Red Wings. "Obviously, we didn't play well enough to win this game," forward Martin Lapointe said. "We were leading 2-0. We could have buried them, but we didn't. We have to take the blame for that."

The Kings mounted a furious comeback for the Kings, who outshot Detroit 40-26. "It wasn't a real strong game on our part," Murphy said. "We gave them too many opportunities."

Shanahan had a bit of luck while giving Detroit a 1-0 lead with his 22nd goal with 5:45 left in the first period. Captain Steve Yzerman started the play with what appeared to be a harmless shot from the left circle. But then the Kings' Jozef Stumpel reached out for the puck, he deflected it onto the stick of Shanahan at the right side. A quick wrist shot was put right into the net.

The Wings were out worked and out played. No longer can the Wings win on reputation alone or mere talent. They will have to work twice as hard to beat teams that are rising to the occasion to beat them.


In overtime Igor Larionov came within inches of giving the Red Wings a win, but a 5-5 tie was all they could manage with the Florida Panthers. Larionov's power-play goal with 5:04 left in the third period allowed the Red Wings to escape with the tie after a furious comeback by the Panthers. But when he blazed a shot just inside the post with 1:04 left in the overtime period, McLean reached out and snagged it.

"I had a good shot to win it in overtime," Larionov said. "McLean just made an unbelievable save. That's credit to the skill he has."

Florida, outshot 36-17 for the game, had just seven shots on goal in the third period but scored on four of them, marking the second straight game the Red Wings have surrendered a seemingly safe third period lead. Not exactly a way to get into the playoffs playing that kind of hockey. "We had a collapse there in the third," defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom said. "They were really steamrolling us there. Thank God we got a power play. That gave us a chance to come back."

Pavel Bure scored twice for the Panthers with one coming on a penalty shot. Kirk Maltby scored twice, while Sergei Fedorov and Martin Lapointe also scored. "We just gave them all the ice they wanted to skate on," Lidstrom said. "There's no explaining that. They were just flying past us. We gave up some real pretty goals there."

Larionov tied it 5-5 with his 11th goal. "That's exciting hockey to watch, but there were too many mistakes leading to the action," Larionov said.


The Red Wings peppered goalie Tommy Salo with 35 shots. But they also allowed two power-play goals as the New York Islanders beat the Red Wings 3-1. It was the Islanders first victory at home against the Wings since 1993. The Wings have gone 0-2-2 in their last four games. Not an impressive stretch heading into a five-day break.

Tomas Holmstrom cut New York's lead to 2-1 at 14:50 on a tip of Dougie Brown's cross ice pass that hit the left post and went in for the loan goal. Sergie Fedorov was thrown out on a match penalty for high sticking defenseman Zdeno Chara's neck with six minutes to go. Chara blacked out for a moment and was hyperventilating, but only suffered a bruise. It was a vicious attack by Fedorov and he was later to receive by the league a five-game suspension. That's close to half a million dollars in pay that he will not receive during that time off.

"I tried to get up and the stick just got him," Fedorov said. "I was on my back, and I thought the puck was under me, so I tried to get up quickly and recover my position. I didn't mean to injure him." The NHL feels otherwise on the issue. Said a disagreeable Chara, "I know hockey is a rough game, but I thought that was a cheap shot."


Brendan Shanahan's feeling good lately and is making his opponents pay for it. Shanahan scored two of his three goals within a 55-second span of the second period as the Red Wings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 7-2 in a rout.

"It's nice to get rewarded for the way I'm feeling health-wise," said Shanahan, who recorded his 12th career hat trick. "There were a lot of good things going on tonight. I shouldn't get all the credit just because I scored a few goals."

Captain Steve Yzerman had a goal and an assist and Slava Kozlov, Mathieu Dandenault and Tomas Holmstrom also scored for the Red Wings, who snapped their four-game winless streak. They beat the Coyotes for the first time in three tries this season.

Chris Osgood made 36 saves for the Wings in the win. The Wings played without centerman Sergei Fedorov who is out serving a five-game league handed suspension. The Red Wings had only 10 shots on goal over the game's first 25 minutes but made the most of their opportunities. Kozlov scored his 13th goal on Detroit's first shot when he one timed a pass from Igor Larionov past Jimmy Waite 70 seconds into the game. Yzerman gave Detroit a 2-1 lead when he beat Waite on the Red Wings' fourth shot with a sweet one timer from the left circle at 8:24 of the period. Shanahan put the game out of reach early in the second period. First he redirected a blast by Larry Murphy from the point past Waite at 3:37 of the period, then he took a pass from Yzerman and bounced a shot off the inside of the left post 55 seconds later. A great win for the Red Wings against one of the conference favorites.


The Red Wings made two defensive lapses less than a minute apart in the second period that handed the Mighty Ducks a 3-1 victory. The game ended a six-game winless streak against the Red Wings.

Former Red Wing Tomas Sandstrom scored while goalie Guy Hebert made 33 saves. The win for the Ducks put them just one point behind the Red Wings for the fourth seed in the Western Conference , which means home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

The Red Wings just missed getting shut out for the third time this season. Captain Steve Yzerman scored his 26th goal on a power play less than four minutes into the third. The Wings offensivelly had the chances. But the game was very chippy with quite few high sticking penalties called. The game had the instensity of a playoff game but not much discipline from either team.

"They've definitely got more depth and they're getting a lot of effective play out of other guys, so it makes a huge difference for them," Yzerman said. "They didn't have to rely on Paul and Teemu for their goals tonight."

For your information, Darcy Tucker has never played for the Red Wings.

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