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Hossa powers Red Wings past Thrashers

DETROIT (Ticker) -- Marian Hossa continues to have his way with

the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Slovakian recorded two goals and one assist against his

former team as the Detroit Red Wings held on for a 5-3 triumph

over the Thrashers on Friday.

Henrik Zetterberg also netted a pair of goals and Daniel Cleary

added an empty-netter with 35 seconds remaining in the third

period for Detroit, which improved to 5-0-1 in its last six

contests.

Defenseman Brian Rafalski notched two assists and Chris Osgood

made 30 saves for the Red Wings.

Jim Slater, defenseman Ron Hainsey and Brett Sterling scored and

Kari Lehtonen turned aside 41 shots for Atlanta, which has won

just once since recording a victory in its season-opening

contest.

Hossa has 15 goals and seven assists in 20 career games against

Atlanta, including a career-best four-goal performance on

January 2, 2003 while with the Ottawa Senators.

The 28-year-old admitted he was excited to face the Thrashers, a

team with which he played from 2005-08.

"Definitely, playing your former team and knowing a lot of guys

on the team - you play with a little more jump," Hossa said.

"Today, I felt good and we created a lot of chances. We played

well until the end."

"He's a great player. Certainly the Atlanta people know that

because he was here a couple of years," Thrashers first-year

coach John Anderson said.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock agreed.

"I thought Hossa was absolutely fantastic. He was a little

motivated and absolutely, he put on a great show," he said.

"He's just a real strong guy, dynamic offensively and

defensively. ... He, Pav (Pavel Datsyuk) and Hank are all great

with or without the puck. That's what makes them all so

usable."

With the game tied at 1-1 with 4:18 remaining in the first

period, Hossa skated around former Red Wings defenseman Mathieu

Schneider and waited for Lehtonen to go down to the ice before

tucking the puck just inside the right goalpost.

"A 1-on-1, I was a little too far out and couldn't recover,"

Lehtonen said. "It's just his skill. He made us look very bad

on that play. He made a nice goal."

"It seemed every time (Hossa) got the puck in our zone, he

created something toward the goal," Hainsey said.

Hossa doubled Detroit's advantage 5:29 into the second period

and Zetterberg added his second tally of the night just 72

seconds later to open a 4-1 advantage.

Last postseason's Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Zetterberg opened

the scoring just 2:12 into the contest with a power-play tally,

marking the fifth consecutive game in which the Red Wings have

recorded a goal with the man advantage.

"It's nice when you get the chance to put them away," Zetterberg

said. "On the first one, I got a nice pass from (Jiri Hudler).

I tried to pick my corner and hope that (Lehtonen) would miss."

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