DETROIT (AP) -- Steve Yzerman turned back the clock on Saturday
He scored twice, and the Detroit Red Wings had three goals in
each of the first two periods of a 6-4 victory against the Chicago
Many feel that the 40-year-old Yzerman, will retire after this
season -- his 23rd in the NHL. The longest-serving captain in league
history has nine goals and 20 points in 45 games this season. But
he's been playing much better since the Olympic break.
"I don't know if he played any better tonight," Detroit coach
Mike Babcock said. "He scored and that gives you energy. The
better he gets, the better we are."
Yzerman didn't talk to reporters after the game.
"He works every shift even though I think every morning he
wakes up his body is sore and aches," said Chicago's Martin
Lapointe, a former teammate of Yzerman's. "But he shows up every
game, works hard, blocks shots and leads the team. It's pretty to
The Red Wings took a 3-2 lead in the first period and built on
it in the second.
Zetterberg's power-play goal at 5:33, just five seconds after Rene
Bourque was called for tripping, gave Detroit a two-goal lead when
he tipped in Jason Williams' pass.
It was Zetterberg's 32nd goal of the season and fifth in four
Draper made it 5-2 with 9:26 left in the second period by
tipping in a pass from Datsyuk.
Yzerman got his second goal with just 7.2 seconds remaining in
the period when he put in a rebound off a goal-mouth scramble with
the Red Wings on a 5-on-3 power play.
"I expect him to score more and more the rest of the season,"
Chicago coach Trent Yawney expects more from Yzerman after that.
"He's still one of the best leaders in the game," Yawney said.
"I wouldn't judge him by what he's done so far this year in terms
of statistics, but I would watch in the playoffs what he does for
Sharp's goal came with 6:23 left in the third, and Brown added a
short-handed tally with 5:30 remaining.
Barnaby opened the scoring just 1:08 in.
But the Red Wings got goals 1:43 apart from Datsyuk -- his 23rd
at 6:25 -- and Yzerman scored at 8:08.
Holmqvist tied it 2-2 with 7:57 remaining in the opening period.
Mowers' goal with 6:32 left restored Detroit's lead.
After picking up a loose puck in the high slot, Mowers fired a
wrist shot past Khabibulin.
"I trailed Hank (Henrik) Zetterberg. I've learned if you do
that, the puck might come to you," Mowers said. "Eighty percent
of the time, he gets through. Fortunately it came right back on my
stick and I was able to get a good shot off."
Detroit RW Mikael Samuelsson missed his fourth game with a
sore wrist. He was injured during the Olympics. ... The teams will
meet again in Chicago on Sunday. ... Newly acquired D Cory Cross
wasn't in the lineup for the Red Wings. He's expected to make his
debut on Sunday. ... Barnaby has two goals and two assists in his
last three games. ... Dean Chelios, the son of Detroit D Chris
Chelios, had two assists in his high school's 4-0 win in the
Michigan Division III state championship game on Saturday.