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Robitaille ties Hull for most goals by left wing (610)

1/10/2002

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings were a happy bunch of
hockey players.

Kris Draper scored 2:26 into overtime as the Red Wings completed
a three-goal, third-period comeback for a 5-4 win over the
Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.

Not only was Draper a star, so was Luc Robitaille, who tied
Bobby Hull for most NHL goals by a left wing when he scored his
610th late in the second period. And then there was Bobby's son,
Brett, who sent the game to OT with his 662nd career goal with 6:30
left in regulation.

Draper put in the rebound of a Steve Duchesne shot for the
game-winner.

"I was just coming down the right side and the rebound came
out," Draper said . "I'm glad I didn't have time to think. I just
had to get a good shot and put it on net. That's what I did."

Down 4-1 going into the third period, Detroit started its
comeback on Brendan Shanahan's power-play goal 3:42 into the third
period when Steve Yzerman's shot from the left circle went in off
of Shanahan. Rookie center Pavel Datsyuk made it 4-3 52 seconds later when he beat Vancouver goaltender Peter Skudra.

Hull tied the game 4-all with when he put a cross-crease pass
from Datsyuk into an empty net.

"They just fired everything at us in the third period,"
Vancouver defenseman Brent Sopel said.


Detroit outshot Vancouver 16-7 in the third period and 8-1 in
OT.

The Canucks haven't won in Detroit since Feb. 8, 1997.

Robitaille pulled the Red Wings within 3-1 when he put in a
rebound from the bottom of the right circle with 2:10 left in the
second period. The record tying goal was his 20th of the season.

"It's pretty special. He's one of the all-time great players,"
Robitaille said of Bobby Hull. "And with his son on my team, it
makes it even more special."

Bobby Hull spent most of his Hall of Fame career with the
Chicago Blackhawks in the 1950's and 1960's.

"I think it's fantastic," Brett Hull said. "And I'm going to
tell you who would also think it was fantastic, is my father. A
great player and a great person. Typical Luc Robitaille goal. He
was in the right place at the right time and he capitalized."

Despite the milestone, Andrew Cassels restored Vancouver's
three-goal lead with 54.5 seconds left in the period when his slap
shot from the top of the left circle deflected past Dominik Hasek
off the skate of Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, whose
intercepted pass had started the Canucks' rush.

Vancouver led 3-0 after the first period on goals by Markus
Naslund, Brent Sopel and Todd Bertuzzi, who scored on a breakaway
with 2:50 left.

"We started the game well, but they had a great third period,"
Vancouver center Trevor Linden said.

"They were beating us to loose pucks early in the game,"
Lidstrom said. "We turned that around and tried to outwork
them."

Game notes
Red Wing defenseman Uwe Krupp underwent shoulder surgery on
Wednesday and will be out at least three months, according to the
team. Krupp only played in two games this season. He hadn't played
since December, 1998. ... Red Wings defenseman Fredrik Olausson
remained on injured reserve with an upper respiratory infection.
... Goaltender Dan Cloutier remained on leave from the Canucks for
personal reasons.