Hossa helps Red Wings edge Rangers in overtime

DETROIT (Ticker) — Marian Hossa made his 300th career goal a
memorable one.

Hossa scored 23 seconds into overtime to lift the Detroit Red
Wings to a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday

Former Ranger Mikael Samuelsson netted a goal and set up two
others and Valtteri Filppula added two assists for the Red
Wings, who have gone 3-0-1 since dropping their season opener.

Aaron Voros scored two goals while Scott Gomez and Brandon
Dubinsky each registered two assists for New York, which
surrendered 45 shots to the defending Stanley Cup champions.

From behind the net, Pavel Datsyuk delivered a centering pass to
Hossa, who unleashed a quick one-timer past goaltender Henrik
Lundqvist for his 300th NHL goal – and first as a Red Wing.

“It doesn’t get any better than this,” Hossa said. “The 300th,
the first goal as a Red Wing and the game-winner in overtime.

“It’s always good to score the first one when you come to the
new environment. Our line was creating a lot of chances the
first four games, and tonight also. Now that I’ve got the first
one behind me, maybe they’ll come in bunches.”

Detroit coach Mike Babcock was pleased to see Hossa break the

“It’s good to see Hossa get the monkey off his back. He’s had
so many opportunities,” Babcock said. “He walked right down the
pipe again tonight. (Datsyuk) just laid it in the space behind
their D and he was able to find Hoss coming in. It was a real
good shot.”

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Despite switching conferences this offseason, Hossa still is
doing his part to hurt the Rangers. As a member of the
Pittsburgh Penguins, Hossa ended New York’s season with an
overtime game-winner in Game Five of the Eastern Conference
semifinals last campaign.

The Rangers opened the door for Hossa and the Red Wings with a
foolish penalty. With New York holding a 4-3 advantage, it was
called for having too many men on the ice, and Jiri Hudler
evened the contest on the ensuing power play with his first goal
of the season.

“(Defenseman Niklas Kronwall) took a one-timer and it came right
back to me,” Hudler said. “I thought, at first, Lundqvist had

Samuelsson, Johan Franzen and Tomas Holmstrom scored to provide
the Red Wings with a 3-1 lead, but the Rangers rallied back
behind Voros, who netted a pair of goals in the first four
minutes of the third period – including the go-ahead tally from
behind the net.

Ryan Callahan and Nigel Dawes also scored for New York.

Chris Osgood made 28 saves for Detroit, while Lundqvist turned
aside 40 shots.

“Tough way to end a game,” Lundqvist said. “It was
disappointing. It felt like we had it. Even with their
chances, it felt like we outplayed them.”

“It’s hockey. We’ve got 82 of these,” Gomez said. “Weird
things are going to happen. It’s a long season.”