Final OT

Series (Game 4 of 4)

Detroit leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 6th
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Canucks1
Game 2: Saturday, December 15th
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Canucks3
Game 3: Wednesday, December 19th
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Game 4: Wednesday, January 9th
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OT
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Canucks 4

(18-23-1, 41 pts)

Red Wings 5

(31-8-2, 67 pts)

7:30 PM ET, January 9, 2002

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 OT T
VAN 3 1 0 04
DET 0 1 3 15

P. Datsyuk (Red Wings - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

T. Bertuzzi (Canucks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

K. Draper (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

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

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

Luc Robitaille

AP

Teammates mob Luc Robitaille after career goal No. 610, which moved him into a tie with Bobby Hull as the all-time leader at left wing.

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.

Most goals by LWs
Player G
Luc Robitaille* 610
Bobby Hull 610
Dave Andreychuk* 579
John Bucyk 556
Michel Goulet 548
* - active
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.

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