NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Ottawa
(Saturday, October 11th)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Ottawa 2 (OT)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Nicklas Lidstrom scored a power-play goal with 2:08 left in overtime to lift Detroit to a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at the Corel Centre.
Tomas Holmstrom and Steve Yzerman also notched power-play goals for the Red Wings, who have won their first two games of the 2003-04 season in dramatic fashion. Detroit won its season-opener, 3-2, over Los Angeles after Yzerman scored with only 1.7 seconds left in the third period.
Dominik Hasek made 21 saves for the Red Wings and has stopped 42-of-46 shots he has faced in his first two games after ending his brief one-year retirement.
Jason Spezza and Radek Bonk scored for the Senators, who have lost six of their last seven meetings with Detroit. Patrick Lalime made 16 saves in the losing effort.
Ottawa announced during the first intermission that it signed right wing Martin Havlat to a one-year contract. Havlat, who was a restricted free agent, was planning on returning home to the Czech Republic after he had rejected a one-year offer from the team on Thursday, but the Senators and Havlat were able to reach an agreement Saturday.
Havlat posted 24 goals and 35 assists in 67 regular-season games for Ottawa last season. He also had five goals and six assists in 18 playoff games during the Senators' run to the Eastern Conference finals.
The Red Wings had a 4-on-3 power play in overtime after Zdeno Chara was called for interference after knocking Henrik Zetterberg down. With only four seconds left on the man-advantage, Lidstrom took a pass from Brett Hull and fired a slap shot from the high slot that beat Lalime through the five-hole.
Detroit grabbed a 1-0 lead on Holmstrom's power-play score with 3:01 left in the opening period. Mathieu Schneider snapped a wrister from the left circle that Lalime stopped, but the netminder could not control the rebound and the puck slid out in front of the net. Holmstrom got his stick on the puck and directed a shot into the net for the goal.
The lead rose to 2-0 on Yzerman's power-play tally with 14:15 remaining in the second stanza. Derian Hatcher wristed a shot from the top of the right circle that Brendan Shanahan was able to deflect on goal. The puck trickled off Lalime's pads and Yzerman tapped in the loose rebound at the side of the net for his second goal of the season.
Ottawa answered just 1:04 later to close the gap to 2-1. The Senators took advantage of a giveaway behind Detroit's net and Spezza fired a slap shot from the left circle that beat Hasek high over his left shoulder for his second score in as many games.
The Senators tied the game at 2-2 on Bonk's goal on a two-man advantage with 10:34 left in the third. Marian Hossa controlled the puck at the right circle and he fed a pass in front of the net where Bonk was able to skate in and re- direct it in past a sprawling Hasek.
Detroit was 3-for-8 on the power play, while Ottawa was 1-for-5 with the extra skater...Ottawa won its season-opener 5-2 over Montreal.
10/11 21:53:11 ET