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Down 2, Wings fight back, beat Rangers

Monday, 02.05.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Down 2, Wings fight back, beat Rangers
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Henrik Zetterberg capped Detroit's three-goal third period with a power-play score, and the Red Wings overcame Dominik Hasek's shaky start to beat the New York Rangers 4-3 Monday night.

Zetterberg got to a loose puck off the stick of Rangers forward Blair Betts in front of the New York net and quickly slammed in a shot to break a 3-3 tie with 7:24 left. It gave Detroit its fourth straight win and eighth in 11 games.

The Wings will certainly want more trips to New York than the current schedule allows. Their last two road games have both been in the metropolitan area and featured big third periods in comeback victories.

Detroit, which hadn't played in Madison Square Garden since Oct. 25, 2003, erased a 3-0 deficit to the Islanders in the third period last Tuesday before winning in overtime.

Zetterberg helped set up Pavel Datsyuk's first-period goal, and Jiri Hudler took advantage of a misplay by Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist early in the third to make it 3-2. Robert Lang tied it at 10:54.

That made up for Hasek's rare poor performance early. He yielded first-period goals to Brendan Shanahan, Michael Nylander and Marcel Hossa even though the Rangers had only seven shots in the frame.

Hasek earned the victory despite making only 17 saves. Lundqvist stopped 22 shots.

Shanahan, in his first game against the Wings since leaving as a free agent in the offseason, gave the Rangers the lead just 2:18 in on New York's second shot.

Nylander doubled the advantage 13 seconds later after Hasek flubbed the puck behind his net, and Hossa wrapped up the Rangers' most productive period in nearly a month at 14:24.

Lundqvist saved his meltdown until the end, after Hasek settled in. Lundqvist committed a costly turnover to Valtteri Filppula that turned into Hudler's ninth goal, then flubbed a soft, bouncing puck that Lang knocked in for the tying tally.

That put another crimp in the Rangers' fading playoff hopes. New York has dropped seven of 10 and 14 of 21, slipping to fourth in the Atlantic Division and 11th in the Eastern Conference. The loss, in the only NHL game Monday night, left the Rangers five points out of a playoff spot with 29 games left.

Shanahan, who had 309 goals in nine seasons with Detroit and ranks eighth in Wings' history with 633 points, has rediscovered his early-season scoring touch.

After tallying just one goal in 14 games, Shanahan has three in four contests. His shot from the right circle sailed over the right shoulder of Hasek, who gave just a cursory wave with his glove, for his team-leading 27th goal.

Hasek, third in the NHL in goals-against average, provided even more help to the Rangers on the next shift. The 42-year-old goalie went behind the net to chase Martin Straka's dump-in, but the puck caromed in front to Nylander, who backhanded a shot into the vacated net to make it 2-0.

Datsyuk cut Detroit's deficit in half at 7:24, but Hossa beat Hasek from nearly the same spot as Shanahan.

GAME NOTES: The Wings hadn't won at Madison Square Garden since March 17, 2002. ... The Rangers are 210-258-103-0 against Detroit, including 10-25-4-0 since 1986. ... Hasek has allowed three goals in five of six starts.

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