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Red Wings win 13th straight at home

DETROIT (AP) -- When an opposing team fails to capitalize on a
scoring chance or can't clear the puck, the Detroit Red Wings take
full advantage.

The New York Rangers were the latest team to find this out.

Sergei Fedorov, Kris Draper and Brent Gilchrist scored as
Detroit extended its home unbeaten streak to 13 games with a 3-1
victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night.

"When you make mistakes against Detroit, they usually end up in
the back of your net," said New York's Theo Fleury, who had a
heated exchange with Chris Chelios in the final period.

The Rangers have lost 10 of their last 15 games. The Red Wings
have lost the same number of games all season and have at least 10
more points than any other team in the league.

"I think the reason we've been so successful is our ability to
attack when teams make mistakes," said Detroit's Steve Duchesne,
who assisted on the first goal. "We did a good job of keeping the
puck in their zone, and when they couldn't get the puck out, we
jumped all over those chances."

Eric Lindros returned to the lineup after missing a game with a
sprained right knee and centered Fleury and Mike York on the F-L-Y
line, which had been broken up in the last month because of injury
and ineffectiveness.

"It felt good," Lindros said of his knee. "No complaints
there."

Petr Nedved's power-play goal at 7:09 of the third period ended
Dominik Hasek's hopes for his 60th shutout, but the struggling
Rangers still couldn't knock off the NHL's top team.

Fedorov scored in the final minute to seal the win.

Hasek made 26 saves, including a key stop on Fleury's shot after
receiving a pass from Lindros in the opening minutes. New York's
Mike Richter made 32 saves and if not for his solid play, the
Rangers would've been routed once again by the Red Wings.

In the previous three meetings, Detroit had beaten the Rangers
20-2, including last year's 6-0 victory in March, which kept them
out of the playoffs for a fourth straight season.

Draper scored on a goal-mouth scramble late in the first period
after Fedorov prevented the Rangers from clearing the puck.

When New York failed to get the puck out of its zone again late
in the second, Darren McCarty made a cross-ice pass to Gilchrist,
who gave Detroit a 2-0 lead with his first goal since Oct. 25,
2000.

"When you wait that long for a goal, you're happy that it's an
important one," Gilchrist said.

Fleury and Chelios went at each other with shoves and words
midway through the final period.

Fleury was so angered by what Chelios shouted at him that Fleury
is going to call the NHL to complain on Thursday.

"It was very, very personal," said Fleury, who declined to
give specifics. "There's no place in the game for that at all."

Game notes
Detroit captain Steve Yzerman, who missed his fourth game
since having right knee surgery, hopes to skate Thursday at
practice and perhaps play Saturday at Ottawa or Monday at Montreal.
... Lindros and Mark Messier played in the same game for the first
time since Dec. 12. ... The Red Wings have not lost at home since
losing to Chicago on Dec. 17.