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Canadiens pull away from Wings in third period

10/18/2002

DETROIT (AP) -- The night began with a celebration and ended with
a loss for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Andreas Dackell, Saku Koivu and Andrei Markov scored as the
Montreal Canadiens spoiled the Detroit Red Wings' home opener with
a 3-2 victory Thursday night.

Detroit celebrated its 10th Stanley Cup -- and third in six years
-- by raising a championship banner before playing Montreal, which
has won an NHL-best 23 Cups.

"It was a very emotional moment,'' said Detroit coach Dave
Lewis, who replaced the retired Scotty Bowman. "It brought back a
lot of memories. It was very positive. Unfortunately, it didn't end
the same way.''

Koivu was thrilled to beat Detroit in their only scheduled
matchup.

"It's good that we only play them once because they're a tough
team to beat,'' Koivu said. "To play them in their home opener
when they were raising their banner was a challenge. I'm glad we
were up to it. We did not play well in our last two games, so it
was big for us to come here and do what we just did.''

The Red Wings got off to a great start with Brendan Shanahan's
goal early in the first period.

But Montreal tied it on Dackell's goal early in the second, and
then went ahead on Koivu's goal early in the third. Markov made it
3-1 at 9:52 of the third.

Pavel Datsyuk pulled the Red Wings within a goal with 6:23
remaining.

Montreal goalie Jeff Hackett stopped 30 shots in his first start
in place of Jose Theodore, last season's Hart and Vezina Trophy
winner.

Detroit's Curtis Joseph -- who replaced the retired Dominik Hasek
-- stopped just 11 shots.

"The first (goal) got caught in my equipment,'' Joseph said.
"The other two, I don't think I would've played them any
different.''

In a 20-plus minute pregame ceremony, the Red Wings welcomed
back Bowman, the winningest coach in NHL history, and Hasek, who
capped a spectacular career with his first Stanley Cup. Captain
Steve Yzerman, who will miss the first few months of the season
after having knee surgery, received the loudest ovation when he was
introduced.

Yzerman said he still expects to return "early next year.''

"There's been no surprises or setbacks,'' said Yzerman, who is
walking without a limp.

Shanahan's goal -- after a nice pass from rookie Henrik
Zetterberg -- kept the crowd buzzing, but Dackell scored just 12
seconds into the second period.

Koivu beat Datsyuk to the front of the net at 6:40 of the third
to give Montreal a 2-1 lead. During four-on-four play, Markov
corralled a deflected shot and got behind Joseph for Montreal's
third goal.

Datsyuk scored on a one-timer from between the circles after Luc
Robitaille got the puck away from traffic along the boards.

The Red Wings got several good shots off in the waning moments,
but Hackett turned them all away.

Sergei Fedorov didn't think it was an emotional challenge to
play a meaningful game after celebrating last season's
accomplishment.

"For me, it wasn't tough,'' he said. "It's not like it was
something to make you cry before the game.''

Game notes
The Canadiens scored on two of their three third-period
shots. ... Montreal made its first visit to Detroit since April 2,
2000. ... Detroit activated Boyd Devereaux and sent Stacy Roest to
the minors on Thursday.