COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- On a night when the Detroit Red Wings
continually let scoring chances slip away, captain Steve Yzerman
made the most of the last one.
Yzerman flipped in a loose puck a minute into overtime as the
Detroit Red Wings beat Columbus 3-2 on Wednesday night.
"Two 5-on-3s we had and we hit the crossbar one time, so it
could have been a totally different game," Yzerman said. "We're
glad to get the win. But we've got to win that in regulation."
Yzerman's 10th goal capped a mad scramble in front of the Blue
The Blue Jackets' Deron Quint turned over the puck at the
Detroit blue line, with Sergei Fedorov streaking down the ice on
the breakaway. Quint got back in time to jar the puck loose and it
slid lazily toward goaltender Ron Tugnutt.
"I was spinning around, saw the puck and tried to reach for
it," Fedorov said. "Whatever happened afterward, I didn't even
Before Tugnutt could fall on the puck, Blue Jackets defenseman
Lyle Odelein tapped it away. Almost immediately, Detroit's Igor
Larionov slid into the goal mouth and knocked Tugnutt to the ice.
Trailing the play, Yzerman wristed a shot to the top of the net,
just over the sprawling Tugnutt's glove.
"Odelein tried to whack at it and it bounced around," said
Yzerman, sporting an ugly black eye after being hit in the face by
a puck during a faceoff in Tuesday's night's 3-1 loss at New
Jersey. "I skated right into it and was able to get a shot away."
Columbus, which had a three-game winning streak end, picked up a
point for a franchise-record sixth game in a row. The Blue Jackets
have 26 points in their last 24 games.
"We tried to make a play across the blue line between the
defensemen and they got the turnover," Columbus coach Dave King
said. "Yzerman got a hold of the puck at the right time and put it
Blue Jackets owner John H. McConnell had pointed to the Red
Wings as his upstart team's chief rival. Many in a capacity crowd
of 18,136 at Nationwide Arena -- the team's 18th sellout and eighth
in its last 11 games -- wore Red Wings jerseys.
Espen Knutsen had a goal and an assist for Columbus.
Chris Osgood had 26 saves; Tugnutt had 27.
Seconds before Yzerman's goal, Osgood stymied Geoff Sanderson on
"They could very easily have won," Yzerman said. "Sanderson
flies one through Ozzie's legs and it squeaks out the other side."
Sanderson said he thought he had the game-winner.
"I just kind of chipped it over the defenseman's stick and he
went down," he said. "I thought I had a clear breakaway. ... I
got it through him; it just went off the wrong leg and went wide."
The score was tied 2-2 after a wild second period in which
Columbus, next to last in the NHL at killing penalties, held off
the league's second-best team on the power play. The Red Wings had
a two-man advantage for 90 seconds and a man advantage three other
times. Detroit ended up 1-for-7 on the power play.
"We had good chances and didn't put them away," coach Scotty
Columbus scored first after Fedorov lost the puck at his blue
line, with Knutsen slicing in on Osgood from the right wing.
Knutsen faked a slap shot, then hesitated as if preparing to pass.
He then drilled a shot that deflected off Steve Duchesne's right
skate and into the net.
The Red Wings tied the game 1-1 when Boyd Devereaux jammed in a
rebound after Tugnutt stopped Tomas Holmstrom's shot.
The Blue Jackets regained the lead just 21 seconds later -- and
14 seconds after Duchesne was whistled for interference -- when
Steve Heinze scored off Sanderson's centering pass.
Columbus had killed 20 consecutive penalties and 28 of the last
29 when Duchesne picked up his third goal. The crowd booed loudly
when the giant video displays showed Holmstrom was in the crease
when Duchesne's shot from the left wing zipped past Tugnutt.
The Blue Jackets' insect mascot, Stinger, was nearly
leveled by the Red Wings when they first came on the ice for
introductions . ... Detroit improved to 4-8-0-3 when trailing after
the first period and 6-12-2-4 when the opponent scores first. ...
Columbus failed in an attempt to pull even at home (12-13-1-2).
NY Rangers 4
NY Islanders 3
New Jersey 2
Steve Yzerman's goal gives the Red Wings another overtime victory.
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