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Yzerman ninth player to reach 1,000th assist

DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit's Steve Yzerman wasn't impressed with his
milestone point.

Yzerman collected his 1,000th assist on Mathieu Dandenault's
game-winning goal 59 seconds into overtime as the Red Wings beat
the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.

Yzerman became just the ninth player in NHL history to notch
1,000 assists.

"I look at it that I've played a long time on a good team with
a lot of good players and it's slowly added up," Yzerman said,
"so I don't really look at it as a real great achievement

Yzerman had the puck along the boards, sent it to Igor Larionov,
who threw it at the net, and Dandenault jammed the puck in from the
right side.

Many of the Detroit players -- including Yzerman -- had already
gone to the dressing room but the referees reviewed the play before
calling it a goal.

"I was thinking, 'don't do this to me,"' Dandenault said, "I
don't get that many."

It was Dandenault's sixth goal of the season.

"I can't say anything about that goal because I had no idea
where that puck was," Ottawa goaltender Jani Hurme said.

Martin Havlat scored both Ottawa goals.

He opened the scoring at 6:37 of the first period when he took
the puck around the net and fired the puck in off goaltender
Dominik Hasek.

"He sort of surprised me because he has a very fast release and
before I got in the right position, he already shot the puck and
scored a goal," Hasek said of his fellow Czech Republic Olympic
teammate.

Detroit rookie Pavel Datsyuk tied it at 11:25 of the first when
he collected his own rebound, circled behind the net and shot the
puck off an Ottawa player and past Hurme.

Havlat put Ottawa up 2-1 in the second when he beat Hasek
through the five-hole from the left side at 16:36 on the power
play.

Luc Robitaille, who became the highest scoring left wing in
history on Friday, knocked a puck out of midair from the right side
of the net, tying the game at 2 at 2:03 of the third period with
his 612th career goal.

"That's a good hockey club," Ottawa head coach Jacques Martin
said. "They have a lot of depth. It's a good point for us. We'll
take it."

Hurme, playing Detroit for the first time in his career, made 36
saves in the loss while Hasek had 20 saves to improve to 22-7-5
lifetime against Ottawa.

"They are a very talented team, very solid defense," Hasek
said. "I knew them from Buffalo and I knew it was not going to be
an easy game for us. It feels good to win in overtime."

Game notes
Detroit RW Darren McCarty played in his 500th career game.
...Ottawa D Zdeno Chara returned to the lineup after missing three
games with a left shoulder injury. ... The Senators wore their
alternate black jerseys.