DETROIT – Marian Hossa made his first goal with the Detroit Red Wings quite memorable.
The high-scoring forward found the net 23 seconds into overtime to give the defending Stanley Cup champions a 5-4 comeback win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
Mikael Samuelsson had a goal and two assists for Detroit, and Johan Franzen, Tomas Holmstrom and Jiri Hudler scored the other Red Wings goals. Valtteri Filppula added two assists, and Chris Osgood made 28 saves for Detroit (3-1-1), which trailed 4-3 in the third period and won at home for the first time this season.
“I knew I was getting chances. I tried to stay calm on the ice, and off, too. there was no panic,” Hossa said. “I knew the goals would come, and tonight I got the first one. Hopefully, now we can roll.”
Aaron Voros scored twice in the third period for New York, and Ryan Callahan and Nigel Dawes added goals for the Rangers (6-1-1). Scott Gomez and Brandon Dubinsky each had two assists and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 40 shots.
“It was disappointing. It felt like we had it,” Lundqvist said. “Even with their chances, it felt like we outplayed them.”
Hossa fired in a one-timed shot from the bottom of the right circle off a pass from Pavel Datsyuk. It was the 300th career NHL goal for Hossa, who eliminated the Rangers in the second round of last season’s playoffs when he scored in overtime of Game 5 while with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“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.”
Lundqvist stopped Hossa a little over seven minutes into the third as he came down the slot while Detroit was short-handed.
Hossa left the Eastern Conference champion Penguins in July, signing a one-year, US$7.45 contract with the Red Wings.
Hudler’s goal, scored off a rebound during a power play following a questionable too many men on the ice penalty against the Rangers, tied the game at 4 with 3:39 left in the third period and forced overtime.
“He (Nicklas Kronwall) took a one-timer, it came right back to me,” Hudler said. “I thought Lundqvist had it at first.”
Voros’ second goal broke a 3-3 tie 3:59 into the third when he banked in a shot off Osgood from the side of the net for his fifth of the season. He had tied it at 1:45 by tipping in Michal Rozsival’s shot from the point.
Detroit coach Mike Babcock called a timeout after Voros’ second goal.
“I just asked them who this team was. Where was the team that was playing the whole game until that last little bit?” he said. “People don’t understand. We won the Stanley Cup, but this is a new year. You have to earn things. People say we’re going to be fine, but the only way we’ll be fine is if we earn the right to be fine.”
Holmstrom’s fifth goal gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead with 9:03 left in the second. He deflected in a shot by Nicklas Lidstrom off the skate of Rangers defenceman Wade Redden.
Dawes closed the gap to 3-2 with 6:37 left in the second period with his first goal when he scored from the bottom of the right circle.
“We got a point out of it,” Rangers centre Scott Gomez said. “And the way the league is now, that point might go a long way.”
Detroit scored twice in the first 3:44 of the game.
Samuelsson opened the scoring just 28 seconds in when he tipped in Derek Meech’s shot from the point. Franzen got his third goal, on a rebound, to make it 2-0, 3:16 later.
Callahan put New York on the board 7:32 in when he beat Osgood from the left circle.
Notes: Detroit vice president Steve Yzerman was named the executive director of Canada’s Olympic Team for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Yzerman announced that Red Wings general manager Ken Holland will be an associate director along with Kevin Lowe, the Edmonton Oilers’ president of hockey operations. Lowe was a playing member of the Rangers when they won the Stanley Cup in 1994. … Red Wings C Henrik Zetterberg missed his second game due to a sore groin. Detroit D Brad Stuart didn’t play because of a knee injury. Meech took Stuart’s place in the lineup. … Scratched for New York were LW Patrick Rismiller, RW Petr Prucha and C Dan Fritsche.