NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Detroit
(Tuesday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Detroit 2, Anaheim 1
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Henrik Zetterberg scored the game-winning goal on a pretty feed from Tomas Holmstrom as Detroit celebrated Steve Yzerman night with a 2-1 win over Anaheim.
Before the game, the Red Wings honored the legendary career of Yzerman by retiring his No. 19 jersey.
A three-time Stanley Cup champion (1997, '98, 2002) and 10-time All-Star, Yzerman amassed 692 goals and 1,755 points before calling it quits following last season. He played his entire 22-year career in Detroit and was the team's captain from the start of the 1986-87 campaign until he retired, making him the longest-serving captain of any team in NHL history.
"He was a great stall-mate. I was really happy to sit next to him," said Zetterberg. "He taught me a lot. Just to be around and see the stuff he did on the ice, off the ice. He always worked real hard and that's why he's one of the best."
A member of the All-Rookie team in 1984 as well as a recipient of the Lester B. Pearson Award in 1989, Yzerman is the Red Wings all-time leader in assists while his career points are second in team history behind Gordie Howe's 1,809.
"It was always great to play against him and watch him because he was a special player and a classy guy," said Anaheim's Teemu Selanne. "(He's) one of my heroes and a great story. Hockey needs more guys like him."
Mathieu Schneider scored Detroit's other goal, while Dominik Hasek was stellar in net with 21 saves for the Red Wings, who have won four in a row and six of their last seven.
Ryan Getzlaf scored the lone goal for the Ducks, who have lost three games in a row for the first time this season. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov returned the lineup after missing the last eight games with a groin injury and finished with 28 saves.
"It�s the first time I felt good and was able to finish the game," said Bryzgalov.
Meanwhile, Anaheim's starting goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere remains out with a groin injury of his own.
After a scoreless first period, Detroit struck first exactly one minute into the second period as Schneider's shot from the left point beat a screened Bryzgalov for a power play tally.
Anaheim answered just over two minutes later, taking advantage of a 5-on-3 power play. After some nice perimeter puck work, Getzlaf rifled a one-timer from the high slot into the top left corner of the Detroit net, knocking Hasek's water bottle onto the ice.
However, with 3:09 left before the second intermission, Zetterberg's 16th goal of the season put Detroit back in front. From the right corner, Holmstrom spun around and sent a dazzling no-look, backhanded pass in front of the net that found Zetterberg for the goal.
"I had to take a look again and saw it was Homer," said Zetterberg. "I thought it was Pavel (Datsyuk) out there. He made a great play. I just put it in there."
The Red Wings held on in the third, as Hasek turned aside all seven shots he faced in the period to preserve the win on Yzerman's special night.
Earlier on Tuesday, Hasek was named one the NHL's "Three Stars" of the month for December. The Detroit netminder compiled a 10-1-0 mark last month with a stellar 1.59 goals-against average. He turned in a .940 save percentage and had a pair of shutouts in 12 games....Both teams went 1-for-5 on the power play...Yzerman joined Red Wing legends Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio, Terry Sawchuk and Sid Abel in the rafters of Joe Louis Arena...Datsyuk missed the game with a groin injury. Forward Josh Langfeld was recalled from Grand Rapids and played Tuesday.
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