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Yzerman nets two assists after three-game absence

1/3/2002

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings are making games
unnecessarily exciting with third-period letdowns.

After taking a four-goal lead over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, the
Red Wings held on for a 5-3 victory Wednesday night.

Brendan Shanahan scored two power-play goals, and Luc Robitaille
and Mathieu Dandenault each had one for Detroit,

"As a team we're happy to get the wins, but we have to find a
way to keep the interest up in the third period," Shanahan said.

Anaheim trailed 4-1 in the third, but rallied on goals by Oleg
Tverdovsky and Marc Chouinard and had another nullified by a
whistle.

The goal that didn't count came with 7:06 remaining in a scrum
in front of Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek. It would have cut the
lead to 4-3.

"We didn't hear a whistle, and he didn't have control of the
puck," said Dan Bylsma, who thought he had a goal. "The puck was
on his pad and I jabbed at the puck."

Anaheim coach Bryan Murray said referee Dave Jackson explained
the call made by the other referee Rob Martell.

"He said he saw the puck, it was under Dominik's pad," Murray
said. "As the stick was hitting the puck into the net, he was
thinking of blowing the whistle, therefore it was declared blown."

Detroit coach Scotty Bowman was waiting for the whistle.

"The puck was frozen," he said. "He should have blown it
before."

The Mighty Ducks, 0-8-1 in their last nine games in Detroit,
kept the momentum when Chouinard scored. But Jeff Friesen was
called for roughing, and Dandenault scored with 1:33 remaining to
end the threat.

Detroit was 4-for-7 on the power play.

"You play Detroit, everybody wants them to get the most points
in history and everything so you know you're going to be down
calls," Friesen said. "But late in the game, let it play out."

The Red Wings have allowed six third-period goals and one in
overtime the past three games.

Robitaille scored 3:18 in on the power play to make it 1-0.
Shanahan then scored consecutive man-advantage goals 12:23 apart to
make it a three-goal lead. He leads Detroit with 22 goals.

Detroit captain Steve Yzerman, in his first game back after
missing three because of a lower left leg bruise, assisted on
Dandenault's goal and Shanahan's second.

Red Wings forward Sergei Fedorov, playing his second straight
game on defense, ended a 12-game goal drought in the second period.
His 14th goal of the season made it 4-0, and chased Ducks goalie
Steve Shields in favor of Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

"It was a great play by Luc and Brett (Hull)," Fedorov said.
"I was just coming in the second wave. I got a nice pass and got a
shot."

The power play worked against Detroit at 17:38 of the second
when Samuel Pahlsson beat Hasek.

"The end of the game is the way we have been playing but the
first part of the game was embarrassing the way we played," Murray
said.

Game notes
Fedorov was paired on defense with Chris Chelios. ...
Shanahan has 11 multipoint games this season. ... With his 609th
goal, Robitaille moved past former Red Wings player Dino Ciccarelli
into sole possession of 11th place on the NHL career list, one shy
of Bobby Hull. ... Coming in, the Mighty Ducks had killed 45 of 47
penalties. They allowed three power-play goals on Detroit's first
four chances. ... Anaheim D Vitaly Vishnevski missed his third
straight game with a sprained left ankle.