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Zetterberg scored winning goal 2:24 into OT

1/1/2004

DETROIT (AP) -- Henrik Zetterberg got the last chance in a
back-and-forth game.

Zetterberg scored his second goal of the game 2:24 into overtime
Wednesday night, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-5 victory
over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Zetterberg also added an assist, and Brendan Shanahan, Ray
Whitney and Mathieu Schneider each had a goal and an assist. Tomas
Holmstrom scored the other Red Wings goals, and Pavel Datsyuk and
Brett Hull each had two assists.

"I guess you have the last scoring chance and something like
that happens," Detroit coach Dave Lewis said.

Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists for Atlanta, which
also got goals from Slava Kozlov, Ronald Petrovicky, Zdenek Blatny
and Daniel Tjarnqvist.

"I don't think it was our best game," Thrashers coach Bob
Hartley said. "But we kept coming back."

Zetterberg beat goaltender Pasi Nurminen with a high shot from
the bottom of the left circle after taking a pass from Whitney on a
two-on-one.

"I saw him (Whitney) with the puck, so I just tried to beat my
guy," Zetterberg said. "I think he was tired. It was a great pass
and I tried to shoot it as high as possible."

Atlanta tied it 5-5 with 7:02 remaining when Tjarnqvist's shot
from the point deflected in off the stick of Datsyuk and the leg of
Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer in a seesaw period in which both
teams scored twice.

"It was a strange night," Lewis said.

Each team scored three times in the second period. Detroit led
2-0 after the first 2:04.

Schneider shoveled in his own rebound 32 seconds in and
Holmstrom put in his rebound just 1:32 later.

Kozlov put Atlanta on the board at 3:38 when he tipped in a shot
by Patrik Stefan.

"Pretty exciting game," Kozlov said. "It was a big point for
us to come back."

Whitney restored the Red Wings' two-goal lead at 8:31 when he
fired in a one-timed shot from the slot.

But Petrovicky closed the gap to 3-2 with 8:53 remaining in the
period when he put a shot past Joseph from the bottom of the right
circle as he was being pulled down by defenseman Jason Woolley.

Blatny tied it at 3 with his first NHL goal with 4:14 left.

"It was not good that we let them be in the game again,"
Zetterberg said. "They had some lucky goals, I think. But they're
dangerous, too."

Game notes
Atlanta acquired forward Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre from
Columbus for future considerations. ... The Thrashers placed
forward Jeff Cowan on injured reserve, retroactive to Dec. 30. ...
Detroit D Chris Chelios returned after missing 10 games with a knee
injury. ... The Red Wings wore No. 37 patches during the game in
memory of Atlanta player Dan Snyder, who was killed in an auto
accident on Oct. 5. The sweaters will be auctioned by the NHL
Players Association, with proceeds going to the Dan Snyder Memorial
Scholarship. ... Shanahan's goal was the 549th of his career,
moving him into 18th place on the NHL list. He had been tied with
Michel Goulet.