Yzerman barely played in the first of two overtime periods in
Game 3 Tuesday because he was hurt, reportedly with a lower-back
injury. He tried to warm up and play in the next game, but didn't
skate with his teammates before Game 5, which began with the
first-round Western Conference series tied at 2.
Yzerman contributed an assist in each of the three games he
played against Edmonton. In 20 postseasons, he has 184 points -- a
total that leads all active players and trails just seven in NHL
He closed the regular season strong after a groin injury took
him out of the lineup in eight of the first 10 games, and caused
him to miss nine more games in midseason. Yzerman had an 11-game
point streak, the longest by a Red Wing this season, from March 19
to April 8.
His 691st goal on March 31 moved him past Mario Lemieux into
eighth on the career list. The NHL's active scoring leader ended
the season with 1,755 points, trailing only five in league history.
Yzerman has led the Red Wings to three titles, and helped Canada
win gold in 2002.
Yzerman, who turns 41 on May 9, has spent his entire career with
the Red Wings since they drafted him fourth overall in 1983. His 20
seasons as captain is an NHL record.
Yzerman said recently that he will decide about retirement after
"We'll see what happens here and make a decision sometime in
late June," he said.